KINDERGARTEN

 
 
Karen Mirous Kindergarten  (253) 858-7632  kmirous@sncsgh.org

Karen Mirous
Kindergarten

(253) 858-7632
kmirous@sncsgh.org

ABOUT MRS. mirous

BA in Education with a minor in English, Washington State University. GO COUGS!

As a lifelong Catholic, I was fortunate to attend Catholic school from elementary school through high school. The time I spent in the Catholic school system helped me form a deep appreciation and understanding of my faith.  It also provided me with an excellent education and the opportunity to develop lifelong friendships.  

My passion during my years of teaching has been the education of children. As a kindergarten teacher, it is gratifying to be able to give young children the tools they need to achieve success. For me, success comes in many forms. In addition to academic success, it is gratifying to watch as these young children mature into leaders, grow in self-confidence, develop a love of lifelong learning, and gain a strong sense of self, their culture, and the meaning of community.

 

*For Kindergarten, the child’s fifth birthday must be no later than August 31st of the year the child is admitted. The principal and Kindergarten teacher(s) shall be the final arbiters of a child’s readiness for admittance to Kindergarten based on readiness evaluations.

KINDERGARTEN HIGHLIGHTS

  • Western Washington Fair Guided Tour Field Trip

  • Pumpkin Patch/ farm field trip

  • All Saints Day Parade

  • Thanksgiving Celebration

  • Gingerbread Houses

  • Baby Shower for Mary (Christmas Party)

  • St. Vincent DePaul Coin Collection                                                                          

  • Valentine’s Party

  • Muffins for Mom

  • Donuts for Dad

  • Student Showcase

  • Marine Science Guest Speaker

  • Performing Arts field trips

  • Kindergarten Graduation

  • Field Day

  • Moving Up Ceremony

CURRICULUM

Math

The math program is designed to extend the understanding of key concepts. Active, hands-on methods develop problem-solving skills and extend the children’s understanding and enjoyment of numbers and their functions. The classroom environment encourages students to explore, develop, test, discuss and apply ideas.

Science

Each child is encouraged to use all their senses to observe, explore and develop unique ways to problem solve. Students explore topics such as engineering and they create different ways to erect structures. They learn about apples, pumpkins, penguins, butterflies, chicks, plants, and they learn about the seasons. They will also learn about levers, pulleys and force.  Children are encouraged to think “outside the box” and to be creative. They share their discoveries with each other and with other classes. They also share their knowledge of what they have learned throughout the year at the school Student Showcase.

Social Studies

The Kindergarten social studies program focuses on the children themselves, their families, their class at school, and the school community. Children also experience the meaning of holidays and the social traditions connected with them through songs, stories, experience writing and other special projects. The Kindergarten students have their first history unit with their study of the Pilgrims and the Native Americans.

Religion

Religion is integrated into every aspect of our day. Prayer includes the traditional memorized prayers and spontaneous prayer. We learn about participating in the Mass and prayer services. We learn about creation, the Saints, Church holidays and celebrations. the children participate in Lent and Advent. They learn stories from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. The children become even more aware of how precious they are in God’s light. They learn that Jesus loves them – no matter what happens!

Language Arts

In Kindergarten, children focus on reading, writing, listening and oral expression. A print rich environment is provided to encourage experience for thought and conversation that extends each student’s language skills and builds their vocabulary. A balanced literacy approach emphasizes recognizing basic sight words, using decoding strategies, building fluency and expanding vocabulary. Daily language activities include shared reading and writing, guided reading and writing, independent reading and writing and reading and writing with a peer. Because phonetic analysis is an essential reading skill, each child uses their knowledge of the alphabet to do word study activities. Handwriting skills are refined through daily practice.