Transitional Kindergarten

St. John Vianney offers a unique learning opportunity for those children turning 4 years old before September 1st.

Our TK program offers an enriched social, academic and spiritual learning environment in which your child will learn the skills they need  for kindergarten.

Schedule

TK class is offered Monday through Friday from 7:55 am till 3:00 pm. A quiet rest time is offered daily between 12:45 pm and 2:00 pm.

Alphabet:
Letter recognition and phonemic awareness through a fun and engaging games and hands on learning opportunities.

Handwriting:
Children are taught basic writing skills through a program called Handwriting Without Tears.

Math Connects Program:
Students are introduced to the calendar, learn to count, recognize, and write numbers. They also learn shapes, to recognize and extend patterns, and are introduced to spatial awareness.

Religion:
Using RCL Benziger students begin their religious education through a weekly magazine. They learn to recite the Hail Mary, Our Father, Glory Be, and a blessing before meals. The basic concept that God created us and loves us with great mercy is incorporated into all our daily activities.

Fine motor skills:
Students are taught and given the time necessary to master skills needed to succeed in kindergarten . These skills include.: how to hold a pencil, how to hold scissors and cut paper, how to glue, paint, and manipulate clay, blocks, and puzzle pieces.

Social Studies:
Children explore many different themes throughout the year including back to school, seasons, the senses, body parts, nutrition, various animals, and safety.

Gross motor skills:

SJV TK students meet with the SJV PE teacher twice a week. They focus on developing gross motor skills through skipping, galloping,  and jumping. Students are also working on listening and teamwork skills. They are learning that one's body is a gift from God and exercise is good for one's health.

Social skills:
TK students practice self control, focus, listening skills, observing personal space, taking turns, helping others, sitting still in a learning space, self help skills and basic manners. These skills are taught through music, games, science, play time and snack time.

Computers:

Children meet weekly with the technology teacher. During this time students learn basic computer skills like using a mouse and keyboard, left and right clicking, and click and drag functions. Classroom learning is enhanced and supported by computer applications that help children recognize letters and numbers and how to count. 

Music:

Our music teacher exposes the children to basic music concepts including musical scales, tempo and rhythm. The songs the children learn incorporate number and alphabet learning.