Sister Joan Marie
Sister Joan Marie, SCMC, has been teaching first and second grade for 40 years. She was also a Therapeutic Recreation Director at St. Joseph Living Center for four years.
Sister Joan Marie attended Eastern Connecticut State University. She has a bachelor’s degree in Education and a Masters in Early Childhood Pre-K through 3. Sister also has a degree in Therapeutic Recreation.
Sister loves teaching. The joy of teaching in a Catholic School is that she can help her students not only learn about their faith, but also help them live it.
The kindergarten religion program is designed to lead each child to a discovery of a loving God and creator. The program will guide the children to understand that God created people to love them, and to teach the children to love themselves and others. The children will have the opportunity to learn prayers and participate in liturgical celebrations throughout the school year.
Texts: Christ Our Life - Loyola, Family Life - Benzinger
The Liturgical Year
The kindergarten language arts program focuses on reading comprehension, reading strategies, phonics and phonemic awareness. Children will have the opportunity to express, develop and substantiate ideas through oral and written language.
Text: Storytown - Harcourt
Letters and Sounds
Reading decodable text
Types of Literature
The kindergarten math program is designed to create opportunities for the children to learn whole number concepts such as counting, cardinal numbers, ordinal numbers, placing objects in one-to-one correspondence and classifying. The children will have opportunities to gather and record data and make predictions through many every day experiences. The children will solve problems that involve mathematical thinking skills in real life situations.
Text: Progress in Mathematics - Sadlier
Numbers/Counting to 100
Tables, graphs, fractions
The kindergarten science program is designed to create opportunities for the children to develop curiosity, respect for life, willingness to take risks, perserverance, respect for evidence and willingness to collaborate. The program provides experiences that include looking for patterns, seeing relationships, noticing change, and identifying cause and effect.
Text: Nancy Larson Science
Human Body/Five Senses
Characteristics of Objects
Characteristics of Pets
Exploring Forces That Move Objects
Identifying Living and Non-living Things
Identifying Seasons and Weather Conditions
The kindergarten social studies program will guide children to identify elements of culture that allows for the study of people, places, and environment among cultural groups across time and place. The children will recognize the life and dignity of others by treating others with respect and kindness, because God created all people.
Text: Studies Weekly
Needs & Wants
Maps & Globes
Presidents & Patriots
Jobs People Do
The Kindergarten participates in many activities during the school year. One of their favorite activities includes getting together each month with their fourth grade buddies. Together, the buddies work on projects, read to each other and, in June, take a walking trip to Dairy Queen and Memorial Park!