As a leading private kindergarten program in the Boston area, we know that this age - kindergarten (K2) - is where students begin to gain independence. It is our job to continue to nurture a lifelong love of learning and discovery in our kindergarten students. Our curriculum is research-based and data-driven. We have found that educational excellence is achieved by delivering a rigorous curriculum, backed by a trusted support system. The kindergarten program is for students age five (5) by September 1.
English Language Arts
Phonics - Weekly letter sounds and high-frequency words
Word building - Beginning sounds, medial vowels, anding sounds to build cvc (consonant-vowel-consonant) words
Book of the week with character development concept
Centers - Independent reading, books on CD, partner games, Lexia & Raz-Kids software, Response to Literature, and phonics word work
Leveled guided reading groups begin in November
Everyday Mathematics provides the opportunity for elementary age students to become lifelong mathematical thinkers. Students learn through hands-on experiences using games, manipulatives, small group work, as well as mathematical routines (graphing weather, learning calendar skills, counting the days of school, and conducting surveys to analyze data) and teacher instruction. This curriculum focuses on deepening mathematical thinking and problem solving through open response questions and encourages students to discover different ways to arrive at the same answer.
The kindergarten math curriculum is engineered toward Common Core State Standards:
Counting & Cardinality
Operations & Algebraic Thinking
Numbers & Operations in Base 10
Measurement & DataGeometry
Scholastic: Let's Find Out!
The purpose of the Kindergarten Social Studies curriculum is to build student’s knowledge and understanding of concrete ideas, facts and dates. Students learn to answer “where,” “who,” and "what” questions. Students analyze cause and effect relationships, glean point-of-view from primary source documents, and are taught the connection between geography and human history.
Sadlier: We Believe
As children grow socially and intellectually within a comprehensive and integrated curriculum, they are introduced to the elements of Catholic education exploring biblical themes while learning that they have a responsibility for others.
Through a collaborative approach among the school, the parish, and the Archdiocese, we are able to begin building the spiritual formation of the students. Students attend monthly masses in the parish church and two special masses are offered to our families during the year. One is an opening liturgy in September and the other celebrates Catholic Schools Week in late January/ early February.
At Saint Columbkille Partnership School, we place great importance on educating the whole child. We value the academic rigor of our core curricula as well as enrichment of exploratory subjects. Our exploratory subjects, also known as specials classes, allow Kindergarten students to explore and develop their many talents, allowing each student to discover new ways to increase their creativity and ability to learn.
Kindergarten students are exposed to Physical Education, Art, Music and Spanish at least once per week to enrich the learning experience.
Saint Columbkille is an independent, Catholic kindergarten and private school centrally located in Brighton, MA and easily accessible from the nearby areas of Newton, Dedham, Cambridge, Hyde Park, Brookline, Jamaica Plain, Sommerville, Roslindale and Allston.