St. John's Private School

Welcome to the Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten is an awesome place to grow and learn. Our goal is to build the foundation for future academics. We focus on several concepts such as; phonics, letter recognition, basic math fundamentals , writing and reading skills. Our goal is for every child to feel confident, independent, and accomplish basic kinder skills. We are moving forward to have an excellent, wonderful, and spiritual year.

Mrs. Gonzalez

Denise Barajas

Welcome to St. John’s 5K Kindergarten Class

Kindergarten is an exciting time in a little ones life. We build a foundation to help strive for future academic excellence and spiritual growth. We focus on letter recognition, phonics, basic math fundamentals and beginning reading and writing skills. Our goal is for every child to develop confidence, independence and accomplish basic kinder skills to better transition into the 1st grade. We look forward to a fun and wonderful new school year.

Mrs. Barajas

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Curriculum for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K)

Curriculum for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K)

Language Development

  1. Listening (Receptive Language)
    1. Is attentive
    2. Listens without interrupting
    3. Follows directions, commands and questions
    4. Acquire the meaning of vocabulary words related to concepts being presented
    5. Respond to storytelling or oral reading by telling what the story is about, recalling facts, details and sequence of events
    6. Become aware of various speech sounds and patterns through rhymes, poems, etc.
  2. Speaking (Expressive Language)
    1. Uses a variety of words to express feelings and ideas
    2. Engages in a conversation by sharing ideas with others
    3. Retell a familiar story or nursery rhyme

Cognition Development

  1. Identifying
    1. Match objects in a one-to-one correspondence
    2. Familiarization with the five senses
    3. Names and identifies nine colors
    4. Recognition of letters both upper and lower case
    5. Creates and tells about own drawing
    6. Familiarization with the 9 color words and number words zero through ten
    7. Identify letter sounds of the alphabet
    8. Read sight words (83)
    9. Beginning reading
  2. Comparing and contrasting
    1. Uses vocabulary to compare objects (taller/shorter, heavier/lighter, etc.)
    2. Compare similarities and differences among objects using the senses
    3. Understands the meaning of opposites and positional (ex. hot/cold, over/under)
  3. Classifying
    1. Classifies related objects
    2. Combine and separate groups of objects to form new groups (sorting)
    3. Classify acceptable/unacceptable behavior at home and school
  4. Sequencing and Ordering
    1. Repeats simple patterns
    2. Order objects by size (ex. big/bigger/biggest)
    3. Can arrange a story in picture sequence
    4. Repeats in order: days of week, months of year, and seasons

Motor Development

  1. Fine Motor
    1. Builds structures from various sizes and shapes
    2. Holds pencil correctly
    3. Ability to trace designs
    4. Stresses correct eye movement from left to right
    5. Cuts out simple pictures
    6. Paste cut-outs
    7. String bead patterns
    8. Imitates peg, parquetry and design block patterns
    9.  Write first name – utilizing Handwriting Without Tears instruction
  2. Gross Motor
    1. We use these skills during activities in the classroom and on the playground.
    2. Students also attend physical education classes to develop their fine and gross motor skills.


  1. Recognition of numbers 0 to 100
  2. Familiarization of counting to 100 by 1’s, 5’s, and 10’s
  3. Write numerals from 0 to 100
  4. Introduction to place value
  5. Simple addition
  6. Identify the simple geometric shapes
  7. Relate sets of objects to numbers

Social Studies

  1. Christopher Columbus
  2. Pilgrims, Indians, Mayflower
  3. Presidents’ Day (Lincoln & Washington)
  4. U.S. Flag, White House, Liberty Bell
  5. Texas, The Alamo
  6. Continents, maps, our country, our state, our town


  1. Weather
  2. Creating Secondary colors
  3. Plant Cycle
  4. Hibernation & Migration
  5. Bats and Spiders
  6. Nocturnal Animals
  7. Solid, liquids, gas
  8. Arctic animals
  9. Shadows
  10. Dental Health
  11. Reptiles, mammals, insects – Life cycle of a butterfly and frog
  12. Planets
  13. Ocean life
  14. Volcanoes

Physical Education

  1. Students in 4K attend Physical Education classes each week. Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, access to a physically-active lifestyle, and the relationship between physical activity and health.
  2. Physical skills are developed through fun activities that include cooperative games, playground games, jump rope, hoop play, parachutes, soccer, basketball, beanbags, bowling, rhythmic awareness, and much more.
  3. The main focus in Physical Education is having fun while learning physical skills which will allow students to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.

Fine Arts

  1. Art
    1. Discover line, color, shape, and texture by seeing and feeling objects.
    2. Inventive and imaginative expression through art materials and tools.
    3. Expresses individual thoughts and feelings through picture making and modeling.
  2. Theatre Arts
    1. Develop body awareness and spatial perception using rhythmic and imitative movement.
    2. Dramatize limited-action stories and poems using simple pantomime.
  3. Music (Classroom)
    1. Create vocal sounds by imitating
    2. Sing songs
    3. Listen to music for quiet listening
    4. Listen to music that tells a story
    5. Respond to music through movement and play
  4.  Music (Music Class)
    1. Students attend Music classes each week.
    2. Students are introduced to music for their Thanksgiving program.
    3. Students memorize songs they will perform.
    4. Movements such as marching, walking, jumping, etc. are done to the music as it is introduced.
    5. The students learn how to perform as well as behavioral expectations for a performance.
    6. Basic music theory is introduced by using symbols such as the treble and bass clef, which begins the introduction of high and low sounds.
    7. Students learn to sing and play in groups and independently.
    8. Students are exposed to various genres of music that they will sing in chapel or in the classroom for learning or just interaction with their peers.
    9. We work on developing confidence and self esteem.

Social/Emotional Development

  1. Self Concept
    1. Shows self confidence
    2. Works well with others
    3. Takes pride in own work
    4. Willingness to try new things
    5. Willingness to try again after failure
    6. Accepts constructive criticism
    7. Respects the property of others
    8. Reacts to change in a reasonable way
  2. Self-help
    1. Responsible for personal hygiene
    2. Manages dressing and undressing
    3. Eats, appropriately
    4. Recognizes routine healthy behaviors
    5. Recognizes signs of general illness and wellness
    6. Recognizes hazards in the environment and acquire knowledge and skills needed to avoid injury and to prevent accidents
  3. Interactions Between Individuals
  4. Adjustments to School
    1. Accepts school routines
    2. Recognizes that he/she is one of many
    3. Participates in leadership as well as follower roles
  5. Self Discipline
    1. Demonstrates appropriate independent as well as group behavior

Special Days

  1. Fire Truck Visit
  2. Donuts for Dad
  3. Muffins for Mom
  4. Western Day (celebrate Texas Independence Day)
  5. Teddy Bear Picnic
  6. Polar Express
  7. Thanksgiving Program
  8. Field Day
  9. Fiesta Day
  10. 100th Day of School

Safety Rules

  1. Knows what to do when lost
  2. Stays away from medication and poisons
  3. Knows rules about crossing the street
  4. Knows what to do when strange or familiar adults behave inappropriately (abuse)




Curriculum for Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (5K)

Curriculum for Five-Year-Old Kindergarten (5K)



  1. Observing, brainstorming, classifying, categorizing, comparing, contrasting, making inferences, predictions, problem solving

Print Awareness

  1. Alphabet knowledge-Recognize, name, match, produce all uppercase & lowercase letters
  2. Handwriting Without Tears (HWT) writing program

Phonological Awareness

  1. Identify & produce rhyming words
  2. Demonstrate understanding that spoken words consist of a sequence of phonemes
  3. Identify & isolate the initial & final sounds of a spoken word
  4. Blend sounds (phonemes) to make spoken words


  1. Students will decode initial, medial, and final consonants.


  1. Students will recognize, recite, and spell high frequency words (sight words).


  1. Students will comprehend cause and effect, draw conclusions, summarize, sequence, characters, and the setting of a story.


  1. Build and write sentences
  2. Identify nouns, verbs, and adjectives
  3. Identify capitalization and punctuation
  4. Use the Handwriting Without Tears program
  5. Gain awareness of author, Illustrator, and book parts
  6. Begin the journal writing process



  1. Living/Nonliving
  2. What is an animal?
  3. What body coverings do animals have?
  4. What do animals need?
  5. How do animals move?
  6. Where do animals move?
  7. How do animals grow?


  1. What are some plants?
  2. What are the parts of a plant?
  3. How are leaves the same and different?
  4. Where are a plant’s seeds?
  5. What do plants need to grow?
  6. What is the life cycle of a plant?
  7. How do plants and animals help people?

Earth’s land, air, and water

  1. How does Earth look?
  2. What makes up Earth’s land?
  3. What changes Earth’s land?
  4. What can we observe about soil?
  5. How can we sort rocks?
  6. Where do we find water?
  7. How do we use Earth’s resources?
  8. How can we care for Earth’s resources?

Investigating Water

  1. How does water move?
  2. What is water like?
  3. Which objects sink? Float?
  4. How does water change objects?
  5. How does water change?

Weather and seasons

  1. How can we keep track of weather?
  2. What are the seasons?
  3. What is spring, summer, fall, and winter?
  4. How can we predict the weather?

Objects around us

  1. What can we find out about objects?
  2. How can we sort objects?
  3. How can we describe the position of objects?
  4. How can objects change?
  5. Why do objects make shadows?
  6. How do we move objects?
  7. Which objects do magnets move?


Number and quantitative reasoning

  1. Meaning of numbers
  2. Read and write numbers to 100
  3. Place value—tens and ones
  4. Compare and order
  5. Ordinal numbers


  1. Identify coins
  2. Value of coins
  3. Compare amounts and prices
  4. Add and subtract


  1. Meaning of fractions
  2. Part of a whole


Number sense

  1. Meaning of whole numbers
  2. Number relationships

Whole numbers

  1. Students will learn to solve addition and subtraction problems


  1. Identify and sort by attributes

Equations and expressions

  1. Number sentences for addition and subtraction
  2. Using symbols

Length, capacity, weight/mass

  1. Meaning of linear measurement, capacity, weight/mass
  2. Nonstandard units
  3. Compare and order
  4. Estimate


  1. Concept of time
  2. Clock—hour and half-hour


  1. Tool to measure time
  2. Days of week, months

Social Studies

Students will acknowledge and recognize the various customs and traditions of our nation’s observed holidays.

  1. New Years Day
  2. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. Ground Hog Day
  4. Valentine’s Day
  5. President’s Day
  6. Patrick’s Day
  7. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
  8. Easter
  9. Mother’s Day/Father’s Day
  10. Columbus Day
  11. Halloween
  12. Thanksgiving
  13. Christmas
  14. Families
  15. Self Awareness
  16. Around the community

Physical Education

  1. Students in 5K attend Physical Education classes twice each week.
  2. Students acquire the knowledge and skills for movement that provide the foundation for enjoyment, continued social development through physical activity, access to a physically-active lifestyle, and the relationship between physical activity and good health.
  3. Physical skills are developed through fun activities that include cooperative games, playground games, jump rope, hoop play, parachutes, soccer, basketball, beanbags, bowling, rhythmic awareness, and much more.
  4. The main focus in Physical Education is having fun while learning physical skills which will allow students to enjoy physical activity throughout their lives.


  1. Students in 5K attend Computer classes each week.
  2. Classes use learning games to enhance and reinforce skills and topics they are learning in their classrooms.
  3. Students begin to learn some of the basic keys on the computer keyboard.
  4. They begin to learn the correct finger placement on the home row keys.
  5. Students will also be able to name the basic parts of the computer.


  1. Students attend Music classes twice each week.
  2. Begin the school year with new songs for Chapel.
  3. Students will learn by echoing, singing, dancing, and discussing the meaning of our music.
  4. Their Christmas performance is a focal point in the late fall.
  5. Throughout the year, students learn a variety of fun songs based on the season, holidays, etc.
  6. The Kindergarten prepares a very special show for their graduation from Kindergarten to 1st

Class Gallery

Class Gallery

Kindergarten Teachers

Kindergarten Teachers


Denise Barajas

5K Teacher

Melba Gonzalez

Melba Gonzalez

5K Teacher

Valerie Guerrero

Valerie Guerrero

5K Teacher Assistant