KINDERGARTEN: Student-Centered Approach Course Program Guides

IMPORTANT NOTE: To support the K to 12 basic education program, parts of which are being implemented for the first time during the current school year, DepEd has published the following curriculum guides for:

These appear in the immediately preceding post, K to 12 and MTB-MLE: An Indispensable One-Stop Reference, for your convenience.

If, however, you are going to develop a comprehensive and detailed curriculum guide incorporating any or all of the above courses/disciplines for each grade level, you may find the following course program guides offered by National Connections Academy (NaCA) — an accredited, online private school serving students in grades K–12 throughout the U.S. and abroad — extremely illustrative and very useful. Offering a comprehensive private school experience for full-time students, individual courses for part-time students, and summer school programs, NaCA is dedicated to helping students realize their full academic and personal potential.

However, even as National Connections Academy (NaCA) claims that its K–12 Curriculum is comprehensive, engaging, inspiring, award-winning and parent-acclaimed, our publishing NaCA’s K-12 Curriculum Guides here in Multilingual Philippines is not a tacit recommendation that these guides constitute a sure-fire formula to build the essential skills students need to succeed in school, work, and life. We trust our teachers will exercise extreme caution in evaluating the materials and in discriminating against any perceived undesirable elements of these guides. At all times, integrating local elements that build upon the ultimate curriculum goals should be the top priority.

We would like to remind the teacher that the medium of instruction (MOI) for Kindergarten, per DepEd Order No. 74, s. 2009, is in the prevailing MOTHER TONGUE (one of the 12 initial languages so directed to be used under DepEd Order No. 31, s. 2012) in the region/community where the school is located.

TO REPEAT, THIS IS YOUR LINK TO THE:  OFFICIAL DEPED KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM GUIDE.

WARNING!!!!!  THE FOLLOWING KINDERGARTEN COURSE GUIDE BY NATIONAL CONNECTIONS ACADEMY IS BEING POSTED HERE FOR ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES ONLY:

Kindergarten Courses

Core Courses:

Humanities

Art K

Description:
Kindergarten Art teaches students basic art concepts, including color, line, and shape. After completing the basics, students work on their fine motor skills and explore artistic inclinations and abilities. Specific activities include drawing with crayons, painting with watercolors, weaving, and craft projects.

Units:

Motor Skill Development
This is the first unit in your student’s visual arts curriculum. In addition to exploring his creative abilities, your student will also develop fine and gross motor skills using multiple visual arts materials and techniques. These materials may include items such as paper, crayons, yarn, glue, watercolor paint, and clay. Procedures extended by the student consist of rubbing, folding, cutting, coloring, weaving, tying, and gluing.

Art Themes
Topics discussed in this unit are presented in two categories that are very popular among young artists. Your student will adapt her learning and intrinsic abilities while creating beautiful artworks that focus on plants, animals, and the natural environment. Your student will travel around the globe, up into the sky, and through different seasons, all while selecting various art materials to display her personal artistic talents.

Art Media
In this unit your student will use numerous materials and supplies to produce artworks. Your student will enjoy creative freedom and a sense of responsibility by interacting with multiple art media like clay, glue, eggshells, crayons, yarn, and even found objects.

Functional Artwork
In this unit your student will create a number of functional artworks that can be used by and shared with others. An artwork is referred to as “functional” when it is made by a person to serve a specific purpose or use. Examples of these pieces can be seen everywhere. Fashioned clothing, pottery, sculpted metals, and carved wood or stones, are all used daily by many people.

Course Sets

Art (K)

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Construction Paper 9×12, 100 pk
Crayons, jumbo
Index cards (100 pk)
Newsprint, pad, (50 sheets)
Sidewalk chalk

Music I

Description:
Using traditional children’s songs, students learn about music’s basic concepts through singing and movement. At this level, the course aims to have students become comfortable with their voices and to develop a clear singing tone. Through movement, students develop fine and gross motor skills as they learn to keep a steady beat, as well as learn how to play rhythm instruments.

Units:

The Music Break
This unit is based on “The Music Break” CDs. Each lesson will encourage the student to sing and move to music. Some of the lessons will use songs from disc one, others will use songs from disc two. Not all songs are referenced in the lessons, but are available to supplement the course if the Learning Coach chooses.

Interdisciplinary

Activities K A

Description:
In this course, students have daily opportunities to learn through exciting, interactive games and activities. Students participate in jumping, running, singing, acting, building, planning, guessing, observing, and drawing while developing the essential skills that are the foundation for later learning.

Course Sets

Activities (K)

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Construction Paper 9×12, 100 pk
Crayons, jumbo
Modeling clay
Pipe cleaners
Sidewalk chalk

Activities K B

Description:
In this course, students have daily opportunities to learn through exciting, interactive games and activities. Students participate in jumping, running, singing, acting, building, planning, guessing, observing, and drawing while developing the essential skills that are the foundation for later learning.

Course Sets

Activities (K)

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Construction Paper 9×12, 100 pk
Crayons, jumbo
Modeling clay
Pipe cleaners
Sidewalk chalk

Language Arts

Language Arts K A

Description:
This course lays the foundation for successful reading, using the primary building blocks of phonemic awareness, listening, comprehension, phonics and vocabulary instruction, and daily exposure to books. Students begin phonics by learning to name letters and to associate letters with sounds. Then students link letter names to words in their personal vocabularies. By the end of the course, students are able to identify consonant sounds at the beginning and end of words and recognize short vowel sounds. Skills are introduced through classic stories and poems. Language skills and handwriting come together as the student composes journal entries and short narratives.

Units:

Look at Us
In this opening unit, your student will read and listen to classic stories such as “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Three Little Pigs” as well as contemporary selections so that he may improve his listening, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. As he reads, help him to make predictions, recognize patterns of English language, and identify important details.

This unit also includes a review of the letters of the alphabet. If your student has mastered the alphabet, he may not need to complete all of the Reading Readiness activities in this unit.

Your student will have opportunities to write and draw about the stories and ideas introduced in the lessons. Throughout the unit he will create a word web, make a list, write about his senses, and describe where he lives. Assist your student with these writing assignments as necessary.

Colors All Around
Throughout this unit, your student will read colorful stories such as “In the Big Blue Sea” and “How the Birds Got Their Colors.” As she reads she will learn to sequence events, make predictions based on illustrations, and identify main ideas. Your student will practice using color words as she creates a chart, writes a description, and drafts a story. In addition, she will review the names, shapes, and sounds of the letters s, m, and r and will identify words that begin with each sound.

Handwriting is introduced in this unit. Your student will review the proper writing positions and learn about good writing habits.

We’re a Family
Throughout this unit, your student will read stories about family members and family relationships. As he reads the selections he will make inferences, draw conclusions, and compare and contrast. The writing assignments included in the unit provide opportunities for him to reflect upon and respond to what he reads. Your student will continue to hone his phonics skills as he reviews the names, shapes, and sounds of the letters t, b, and n and identifies words that begin with each sound. In addition, he will continue to practice handwriting.

Friends Together
As you and your student read the selections included in this unit, such as “Friends at School” and “Aaron and Gayla’s Alphabet Book,” your student will apply important comprehension and reading skills such as summarizing, retelling, and making connections. Throughout the writing lessons, he will practice using action words in sentences and describing events. Your student will continue to hone his phonics skills as he reviews the names, shapes, and sounds of the letters h, v, and k and identifies words that begin with each sound. Handwriting activities provided in this unit include reviewing and practicing the four basic strokes.

Let’s Count: Part 1
Your student will have the opportunity to apply math as well as reading skills throughout this unit as he reads and listens to stories such as “Counting Noodles” and “Ten Little Puppies,” which prompt him to count, order, and add. He will continue to practice comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and sequencing after he reads. As your student listens to stories, he will identify rhyming words and identify words that begin with p, b, and f sounds. In addition, he will continue to practice forming various letters during the handwriting portion of the lessons.

Course Sets

Language Arts (K)

Kit

Little Big Books (set of 20)
Read Aloud Books (set of 10)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Calvert Letters & Words
Calvert Teacher Aids
Language Arts K Lesson Manual

Novel/Story

Aaron and Gayla’s Alphabet Book
All to Build a Snowman
Benny’s Pennies
Chicken Soup with Rice
Cows in the Kitchen
Feast for 10
Feathers for Lunch
Friends at School
Here Are My Hands
I Need a Lunch Box
I Went Walking
In the Big Blue Sea
Jonathan and His Mommy
Kevin and His Dad
Mice Squeak, We Speak
Mouse’s Birthday
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash
My Dad and I
Now I’m Big
Run Away!
Shoes from Grandpa
Splash!
Spring is Here
Ten Little Puppies
The Story of Half-Chicken
The Wheels on the Bus
Tortillas and Lullabies
Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom
What Will the Weather Be Like Today
Wheels Around

Supplies

Handwriting Pad
Index cards (100 pk)

Language Arts K B

Description:
This course lays the foundation for successful reading, using the primary building blocks of phonemic awareness, listening, comprehension, phonics and vocabulary instruction, and daily exposure to books. Students begin phonics by learning to name letters and to associate letters with sounds. Then students link letter names to words in their personal vocabularies. By the end of the course, students are able to identify consonant sounds at the beginning and end of words and recognize short vowel sounds. Skills are introduced through classic stories and poems. Language skills and handwriting come together as the student composes journal entries and short narratives.

Units:

Let’s Count: Part 2
Your student will have the opportunity to apply math as well as reading skills throughout this unit as he reads and listens to stories such as “Peace and Quiet” and “Go Cat!” which prompt him to count, order, and add. He will continue to practice comparing and contrasting, summarizing, and sequencing after he reads. As your student listens to stories, he will identify rhyming words and identify words that begin with p , b , and f sounds. In addition, he will continue to practice forming various letters during the handwriting portion of the lessons.

Sunshine and Raindrops
Some of the selections that you will read with your student in this unit, such as “What Will the Weather Be Like Today” and “The Sun and the Wind” introduce basic science concepts as well as provide text that will allow your student to continue to apply key reading and comprehension strategies. Your student will respond to these stories by participating in shared and independent writing activities. He will also write a weather report. Your student will practice his listening skills as he identifies words that include l, g, short a, and short i sounds. In addition, he will continue to engage in handwriting activities.

Wheels Go Around
You and your student will read stories about different types of transportation throughout this unit, including the classics “The Wheels on the Bus” and “The Little Engine that Could.” As he reads, he will describe cause and effect relationships and match spoken word to print. He will also identify high frequency words such as out, was, and said, and spot words that begin with d and z sounds. Your student will have opportunities to write and draw about the stories he read. He will continue to practice writing various letters of the alphabet.

Down on the Farm
This unit presents realistic and fantastical stories about farm life and farm animals. Your student will compare and make connections among the selections, as well as note important details and draw conclusions about each story. He will respond after he reads by participating in shared and independent writing activities, during which he will build sentences with high-frequency words and use singular and plural naming words. Additionally, your student will continue to engage in handwriting activities.

Spring Is Here
The stories in this unit such as “Spring Is Here” and “Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash” celebrate the spring season. As you read these selections, your student will continue to refine his summarizing, comparing, and categorizing skills. He will recognize syllables in spoken words, identify high frequency words, and spot words with initial w and y sounds. Your student will continue to practice handwriting by describing illustrations and writing an invitation.

A World of Animals
Throughout this final unit, you and your student will read popular animal stories, such as “Henny Penny” and “The Tale of the Three Little Pigs,” as well as lesser known selections. Encourage your student to continue to predict, infer, compare, make connections, summarize, recognize high-frequency words, and ask questions as he reads and listens. He will respond to the selections by writing a book report. Your student will also map a story and write a list of directions. You will have an opportunity to assess how much your student’s handwriting skills have improved throughout the course when he completes the handwriting posttest.
Course Sets
Language Arts (K)

Kit

Little Big Books (set of 20)
Read Aloud Books (set of 10)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Calvert Letters & Words
Calvert Teacher Aids
Language Arts K Lesson Manual

Novel/Story

Aaron and Gayla’s Alphabet Book
All to Build a Snowman
Benny’s Pennies
Chicken Soup with Rice
Cows in the Kitchen
Feast for 10
Feathers for Lunch
Friends at School
Here Are My Hands
I Need a Lunch Box
I Went Walking
In the Big Blue Sea
Jonathan and His Mommy
Kevin and His Dad
Mice Squeak, We Speak
Mouse’s Birthday
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash
My Dad and I
Now I’m Big
Run Away!
Shoes from Grandpa
Splash!
Spring is Here
Ten Little Puppies
The Story of Half-Chicken
The Wheels on the Bus
Tortillas and Lullabies
Vroom, Chugga, Vroom-Vroom
What Will the Weather Be Like Today
Wheels Around

Supplies

Handwriting Pad
Index cards (100 pk)

Mathematics

Math K A

Description:
Kindergarten Math introduces students to mathematical thinking and problem solving. Students learn how to identify and write numbers, count through 31, make comparisons between objects, and master basic shapes. Through stories and activities, students are introduced to addition and subtraction, and through hands-on exercises, they learn about money, time, fractions, and measurement.

Units:

Comparing and Classifying
This unit includes several opportunities for fun activities. The comparing and classifying skills learned in this unit go far beyond math. You can choose to declare the day “Larger or Smaller Day,” or name it according to whatever skill is being taught in the lesson. Then you can find opportunities to reinforce the skill as you go about your daily routine. This will help your student apply the skills he is learning. In this unit, there are also two opportunities for problem-solving. These activities reinforce the comparing and classifying skills that your student has learned.

Shapes and Patterns
In this unit, your student will practice comparing and classifying skills while learning the names of shapes. You can choose to declare the day “Sphere and Cube Day” to reinforce that day’s lesson. Look for those shapes as you go about your daily routine. Also, have your student name shapes as part of this activity. Patterns surround us, and being able to describe them is an important skill. Help your student see patterns in her daily life and encourage her to find her own. This unit also has two opportunities for problem-solving. These activities reinforce the shapes and patterns skills your student has learned.

Getting Ready to Count
This unit uses comparison to prepare your student for counting. Your student will begin to see number relationships using the activities in this unit. Sets of objects are compared to each other to check for one-to-one correspondence. These sets also teach the terms “more,” “less,” “most,” and “least.” Knowing these terms and being able to use them is important as your student learns to count. Also in this unit are three opportunities for problem-solving. These activities will help your student make a graph, use logical thinking, and identify needed information.

Numbers 0–5
In this unit, number recognition, writing numbers, and quantifying numbers are the important skills that will be taught. Your student will learn to write the numbers 0 through 5. In addition, she will know how many objects make up a number and know the number that goes with a certain number of objects. You can choose to declare a “Three Day” when you study that number. Look for sets of 3 all day. There are two opportunities for problem-solving in this unit. These activities will help your student use logical thinking and act out a situation to help solve a problem.

Numbers 6–10
In this unit, number recognition, writing numbers, and quantifying numbers are the important skills that will be taught. Your student will learn to write the numbers 6 through 10. In addition, he will learn how many objects make up a number and know the number that goes with a certain number of objects. You can choose to declare a “Seven Day” when you study that number. Look for sets of 7 all day. There are two opportunities for problem-solving. These activities help your student order numbers.

Measurement and Fractions, Part 1
In this unit, your student will learn that measurement reinforces many of the comparing skills she has already learned. Your student will learn the skills to measure height and length and compare capacities and weights. She will learn the concept of halves being equal parts. Furthermore, this fraction practice also reinforces her shape recognition skills. Also in this unit is an opportunity for problem-solving. Your student will make comparisons about temperature.

Math K B

Description:
Kindergarten Math introduces students to mathematical thinking and problem solving. Students learn how to identify and write numbers, count through 31, make comparisons between objects, and master basic shapes. Through stories and activities, students are introduced to addition and subtraction, and through hands-on exercises, they learn about money, time, fractions, and measurement.

Units:

Measurement and Fractions, Part 2
In this unit, your student will learn that measurement reinforces many of the comparing skills she has already learned. Your student will learn the skills to measure height and length and compare capacities and weights. She will learn the concept of halves being equal parts. Furthermore, this fraction practice also reinforces her shape recognition skills. Also in this unit is an opportunity for problem-solving. Your student will make comparisons about temperature.

Getting Ready to Add
In this unit, your student will learn that telling stories can help him learn to add. You and your student can use the lessons to come up with stories where one of the actions is combining like objects. Encourage your student to move the pieces on the story mats around to simulate this action. As you move through the unit, tell stories that have addition in them. Use counters to simulate the process of combining objects when they are added. Continue to check your student’s numeral writing as he writes addition sentences. Additionally, there are two opportunities for problem-solving in this unit. Your student will review fractions and practice making a model to represent addition.

Getting Ready to Subtract
In this unit, your student will learn that telling stories can help him learn to subtract. You and your student can use the lessons to come up with stories where one of the actions is taking away like objects. Encourage your student to move the pieces on the story mats around to simulate this action. As you move through the unit, tell stories that have subtraction in them. Use counters to simulate the process of removing objects when they are subtracted. Continue to check your student’s numeral writing as she writes subtraction sentences. Also in this unit are two opportunities for problem-solving. Your student will gather data from a picture and tell number stories.

Greater Numbers
In this unit, number recognition, writing numbers, and quantifying greater numbers will be taught. Your student will learn to write the numbers 11 through 31. In addition, he will learn how many objects make up a number and the number that goes with a certain number of objects. You can choose to declare a day that goes with a lesson where you look for those numbers. You might like to look for examples of 17 and 18 one day. There are two opportunities for problem-solving in this unit. Your student will practice ordering greater numbers and finding extra facts in a story.

Time and Money
In this unit, your student will learn some basics about two concepts we use every day, time and money. Your student will learn to sequence events and fill in the days on a calendar. She will make comparisons between activities, in terms of the amount of time they take, and begin to tell time to the nearest hour. Using money is a good way to practice counting and adding skills. Your student will be introduced to coins in this unit. She will count coins to get a value and combine coins in addition problems. Your student will use money to buy items. There are three opportunities for problem-solving in this unit. Your student will decide if an activity occurs early or late in the day, make an equal amount using coins, and use money to buy school supplies.

Getting Ready for Next Year
In this unit, your student will sample some of what will be covered in next year’s Math curriculum. Your student will learn about ordinal numbers and do a fun activity with probability. Then your student will learn how to set up addition and subtraction problems vertically. There are two problem-solving skills taught in this unit: predicting outcomes and drawing a picture.

Science

Science K A

Description:
Throughout this first-semester course, the student will engage in activities designed to stimulate curiosity and highlight the surrounding environment. The course encourages the student to begin to explore two major branches of science by observing, describing, measuring, and questioning the immediate world. The life science units allow the student to examine the living world. Throughout the course, the student will be recording daily observations about the weather and everyday habits.

Units:

My Body
What do you do everyday to try to be healthy and happy? In this unit the student will begin to learn about the human body and the changes it goes through. He will examine the different parts of the body, explore healthy habits, investigate the changes associated with growing up, and learn about feelings. The student will create and maintain a “Healthy Habits” chart throughout this unit.

My Senses
People use their senses to discover things about their surroundings and themselves. In this unit the student will explore the five human senses by performing several exciting hands-on activities. They will have the opportunity to make a collage of textured materials, go on a “sniff and taste hunt,” and make a tongue map.

The Seasons
Which season do you like best? In this unit the student will explore the characteristics of the four seasons. The student will have the opportunity to make a seasons display during the unit.

The Weather
When you wake up in the morning, how do you know whether or not to wear a jacket? In this unit the student will begin to explore the components and patterns of the weather. The student will also create and maintain a weather chart throughout the unit.

Course Sets

Science (K)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Science K Lesson Manual

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Crayons, jumbo
Index cards (100 pk)
Paper fasteners (1 box)
Tag board (12 X 18) (4ea)

Science K B

Description:
Throughout this second-semester course, the student will engage in activities designed to stimulate curiosity and highlight the surrounding environment. The course encourages the student to begin to explore two major branches of science by observing, describing, measuring, and questioning the immediate world. The life science units allow the student to examine the living world. The Earth and space science units provide the opportunity for the student to acknowledge patterns on Earth and in the sky. Throughout the course, the student will be recording daily observations about the moon and everyday habits. In addition, the student will plant seeds, make a rocket, and take part in many other fun scientific activities.

Units:

Land, Water, and Air
If you have ever been to the beach and felt the sand between your toes, seen the waves in the ocean, and smelled the salty sea air, you’ve observed the three most important components of our world. In this unit the student will begin to explore the land, air, and water on Earth. They will have the opportunity to engage in several fun activities such as explore different types of soil, make a waterwheel, and construct a parachute.

Space
Our planet is part of a much bigger system called space, or the solar system. In this unit the student will begin to examine the solar system and space exploration. They will have the opportunity to make their own rocket as well as create a model of a constellation.

Plants
Just like us, a plant needs air, water, and food to survive. In this unit the student will begin to explore the traits and life cycles of plants. They will have the opportunity to observe and document how plants respond to sunlight throughout the unit.

Animals
Although there are many different types of animals, they are all alike in that they eat, grow, move, and reproduce. In this unit the student will begin to investigate the characteristics of animals. In addition, they will learn about the basic life functions of animals.

Caring for Our World
There are so many ways to help protect our environment. In this unit the student will learn why it is important to preserve the Earth as well as ways they can do so, such as recycling, saving energy, and sorting trash. She will create a chart of her energy use.

Review
In this unit your student will review certain concepts presented throughout the year.

Course Sets

Science (K)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Science K Lesson Manual

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Crayons, jumbo
Index cards (100 pk)
Paper fasteners (1 box)
Tag board (12 X 18) (4ea)

Social Studies

Social Studies K A

Description:
Students are introduced to the fundamental social studies concepts of community, nation, and world. Through discussion, students learn about current events, basic chronology, famous people, and major holidays. Basic geography content, such as landforms and regions, are introduced, laying the groundwork for future geography courses.

Units:

Getting Started
Discussions between you and your student provide the basis for this unit. This unit includes a wide range of topics. Life skills are the common thread among all of the topics in this unit. To this end, you and your student will discuss information that is important for a child to know. You and your student will discuss such topics as weather, safety, and words of wisdom (proverbs). Specifically, your student will memorize his phone number and address, learn emergency numbers, develop a fire escape route, determine how weather impacts daily decisions, and interpret the meaning of commonly used sayings. Additionally, you may want to discuss any other information that you think is important for your student to know.

My Family
Discussions between you and your student provide the basis for this unit. This unit includes a wide range of topics. Life skills are the common thread among all of the topics in this unit. To this end, you and your student will discuss information that is important for a child to know. You and your student will discuss such topics as weather, safety, and words of wisdom (proverbs). Specifically, your student will memorize his phone number and address, learn emergency numbers, develop a fire escape route, determine how weather impacts daily decisions, and interpret the meaning of commonly used sayings. Additionally, you may want to discuss any other information that you think is important for your student to know.

My Neighborhood
Discussions between you and your student provide the basis for this unit. This unit includes a wide range of topics. Life skills are the common thread among all of the topics in this unit. To this end, you and your student will discuss information that is important for a child to know. You and your student will discuss such topics as weather, safety, and words of wisdom (proverbs). Specifically, your student will memorize his phone number and address, learn emergency numbers, develop a fire escape route, determine how weather impacts daily decisions, and interpret the meaning of commonly used sayings. Additionally, you may want to discuss any other information that you think is important for your student to know.

Community Helpers: Part I
In this unit your student will learn about various types of jobs. Your student will have an opportunity to examine different types of jobs and their responsibilities. These discussions take place within the context of the community. Your student will gain a sense of how various jobs contribute to the larger community. Your student should understand how her roles and responsibilities—within the family, as a child, and as a student—comprise her “job.” As part of this unit, you may want to discuss your job with your student. Moreover, your student may want to share her career aspirations with you.

Course Sets

Social Studies (K)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Social Studies K A and B Lesson Manual

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Construction Paper 9×12, 100 pk
Crayons, jumbo
Newsprint Pad, 50 sheets, 12″ x 18″

Social Studies K B

Description:
Students are introduced to the fundamental social studies concepts of community, nation, and world. Through discussion, students learn about current events, basic chronology, famous people, and major holidays. Basic geography content, such as landforms and regions, are introduced, laying the groundwork for future geography courses.

Units:

Community Helpers: Part II
In this unit your student will learn about various types of jobs. Your student will have an opportunity to examine different types of jobs and their responsibilities. These discussions take place within the context of the community. Your student will gain a sense of how various jobs contribute to the larger community. Your student should understand how her roles and responsibilities—within the family, as a child, and as a student—comprise her “job.” As part of this unit, you may want to discuss your job with your student. Moreover, your student may want to share her career aspirations with you.

Our Past
In this unit your student will learn about notable figures who contributed to American history. Namely, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and presidents Washington and Lincoln will be studied in this unit. By this age, your student probably has heard of these individuals. Discussing their contributions will help your student gain a sense of our shared American culture and history. Additionally, through learning about these figures, your student will be able to examine the values of honesty, fairness, and hard work. Moreover, your student will be able to make connections between her life and the lives and contributions of these famous Americans. As part of this unit, you may want to discuss other notable people who embody qualities that you think are important.

Places
This unit introduces your student to some basic geography concepts. The lessons in this unit will help your student gain a sense of the larger world around him. First, your student will be introduced to the unique characteristics of rural and urban communities. As part of your discussions, your student will contrast the geography, architecture, and lifestyle differences between the city and the country. Finally, in this unit, you and your student will discuss various types of transportation.

My Year
This unit introduces your student to some basic geography concepts. The lessons in this unit will help your student gain a sense of the larger world around him. First, your student will be introduced to the unique characteristics of rural and urban communities. As part of your discussions, your student will contrast the geography, architecture, and lifestyle differences between the city and the country. Finally, in this unit, you and your student will discuss various types of transportation.

Course Sets

Social Studies (K)

Lesson Manual/Course Guide

Social Studies K A and B Lesson Manual

Supplies

Beginner pencil (2)
Construction Paper 9×12, 100 pk
Crayons, jumbo
Newsprint Pad, 50 sheets, 12″ x 18″

Technology

Educational Technology and Online Learning K

Description:
At the kindergarten level, the Educational Technology and Online Learning course introduces basic computer skills and computer-related terms. In addition to basic computer operations, the course covers the identification and naming of computer components and the recognition of keyboard letters and numbers. The course also includes instruction on using the computer, with parental guidance, as a source to find information.

Units:

Introduction and Internet Safety
In this unit, your student will be introduced to the basics of K to the 8th Power lesson structure and procedures. Your student will then learn about Internet safety. The goal of the lessons in this unit is to educate your student on how to avoid dangerous, inappropriate, or unlawful online behavior. Your student will become aware of the dangers associated with the Internet by reading stories and scenarios, learning safety tips, and completing related activities.National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) Performance Indicators:

All students should have opportunities to demonstrate the following performances. Prior to completion of Grade 2, students will:1. Use input devices (e.g., mouse, keyboard, remote control) and output devices (e.g., monitor, printer) to successfully operate computers, DVDs, audiotapes, and other technologies.
2. Use a variety of media and technology resources for directed and independent learning activities.
5. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers, family members, and others when using technology in the classroom.
10. Gather information and communicate with others using telecommunications, with support from teachers, family members, or student partners.

NETS-S were developed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Keyboarding
In this unit, the student will explore letter and number recognition. The student will be able to identify the home row keys. The student will demonstrate correct posture and finger position while typing and apply proper touch typing skills to type the home row letters.

Study Skills
The Study Skills unit will introduce your student to basic study skills. Your student will begin this unit by creating a proper work environment. The following lessons include listening skills, visualization, and online learning skills. The important skills taught in this unit apply to all subjects including Educational Technology and Online Learning, as well as to the real world.

Microsoft® Paint
In this unit, your student will explore the features of Microsoft® Paint. She will learn how to change the color of an object and use the text box tool to type text within the text box. She will learn how to format the text by changing features like font, font size, and font attributes (i.e., bold, italics, and underline). She will also be able to use the rectangle and fill bucket tools to draw a chalkboard, in addition to using the paintbrush and color chart to write and draw pictures of words from the lesson. By the end of this unit, your student will also learn how to draw and color shapes.

Elective Courses:

Humanities

Elementary Sign Language

Description:
In this course, students are introduced to the fundamental concepts of American Sign Language. Students explore vocabulary, grammar, and conversational skills using basic signing and fingerspelling techniques.

Units:

Intro
In this unit, your student will be introduced to American Sign Language, or ASL. He will study the history of ASL and learn how it became the standard language for deaf and hard of hearing people in North America. He will also learn about some of the accepted rules of etiquette in Deaf culture. This introductory unit also teaches your student how to sign the letters of the alphabet and the mechanics of fingerspelling.

Numbers
This unit introduces the signing of numbers. Your student will learn how to sign numbers 1–100, as well as the signs for dollars and cents. A variety of fun activities give your student a chance to practice using ASL to discuss counting and using money.

Time
In this unit, your student will study various aspects of time. Not only will he learn how to communicate time using ASL, he will also learn the signs for the 7 days of the week and the 12 months of the year. The signs for various holidays as well as the four seasons are also taught in this unit.

Nouns
Your student will learn the signs for some commonly used nouns. The categories of family, places, food, colors, and animals are explored as your student practices these signs to add to her growing library of American Sign Language knowledge.

Descriptions
The lessons in this unit will teach your student how to sign various descriptions using American Sign Language. He will learn how to sign descriptive words that express feelings, sizes, possessions, and locations. In addition, he will combine some previously taught signs for numbers, time, and nouns, with descriptive signs taught in this unit.

Interdisciplinary

Exploratory Filipino

Description:
Exploratory Filipino is geared for absolute beginners, introducing many basic words and a few common Filipino expressions in an informal, fun way. Songs and engaging information about Philippine culture encourage students to develop additional Filipino-speaking skills. This course is designed to prepare students for more structured exploration and mastery of the Filipino language.

Units:

Basic Filipino
In this unit your child will participate in various activities that present the numbers 1–10, days of the week, and colors in Filipino. Songs, interactive games, and additional worksheets will reinforce the material.

Objects in Your House
In this unit your student will learn useful, everyday Filipino vocabulary. Four lessons in this unit focus on vocabulary words for objects found around the house. By the end of this unit, your student will know the Filipino words for many objects found in the home, and will have practiced responding to Filipino commands.

Everyday Objects
In this unit your student will learn Filipino vocabulary for parts of the body, articles of clothing, and accessories. Each lesson will be supplemented with worksheets that will reinforce the vocabulary.

Animals and Toys
This unit focuses on the Filipino names for various toys and animals, and the vocabulary will be taught mostly through games as opposed to traditional exercises. Your student will most likely find this unit to be very enjoyable.

Objects in the City/Municipality
This unit will focus on introducing the Filipino names of objects that may be found in a city/municipality.

Everyday Enrichment
In this unit, your student will learn the Filipino names of popular foods. Based on these vocabulary groups, students will create either an illustrated Filipino menu or a grocery advertisement for a Filipino newspaper. The student will then learn several short, practical dialogues in Filipino that focus on specific topics such as time and making introductions.

Exploring Filipino Culture
This unit will focus on Philippine culture. The lessons will discuss different customs and traditions, as well as typical foods, music, and clothing. Your student will have the opportunity to “taste” Filipino culture through a variety of fun hands-on activities.

Course Sets

Exploratory L2 or L3

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  • Fifth Grade Courses
  • Sample Lessons & Materials
  • Content Partners
  • Gifted & Talented
  • Sixth Grade Courses
  • Seventh Grade Courses
  • Eighth Grade Courses
  • Sample Lessons & Materials
  • Content Partners
  • Gifted & Talented
  • High School Courses:

Core Courses:

Language Arts
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies

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Career Technical
Health and PE
Humanities
Language Arts
Mathematics
Other
Science
Social Studies
Technology

Gifted & Talented

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