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First Wesleyan Christian School


Kindergarten

First Wesleyan Christian School’s accelerated kindergarten classes take students through A Beka first grade level reading concepts. In a typical year, at least 25 percent of FWCS’s kindergarteners score in the top one percent (99th percentile) of the nation on national academic tests. Most kindergarten graduates easily read second grade words such as "splash," "scream," etc.

Overview Ages 5-6

First Wesleyan Christian School offers kindergarteners a safe, loving Christian environment. With small classes of typically fourteen to sixteen students, kindergarteners learn at an accelerated rate in our phonics-based reading curriculum, music, art activities, small computer classes, science, social studies, and other enrichment activities.

Kindergarten Facts

Student/Teacher Ratio

15:1

FWCS has one teacher for every 15 kindergarteners

All K-8 classes also have five additional part-time teachers for art, computer, music, P.E., Spanish, library, and/or home economics.

Kindergarten Class Size


At or Above Grade Level

94%

FWCS Kindergarteners scored at or above grade level

The combined average of local public school students at or above grade level is approximately 42%.

TerraNova3 Percentile Test Scores

93rd

FWCS Kindergarteners averaged at the 93th Percentile

All schools nationally, public and private combined, averaged at the 50th percentile.

What is an accelerated kindergarten?

Kindergarten Reading Curriculum

The following is an actual page that 90% of FWCS kindergarteners are able to read by the end of March.

Ride the Bus

Dad, may Al ride on the bus?
Yes, Al may ride on the bus.
Al go on the bus.
The bus did not run late.
Al rode and rode on the bus.

By year's end, 80% of FWCS's kindergarteners are able to easily and fluently read the following first grade story:

No Time for Play

Chip has work to do.
He will not play.
He must run to get nuts for food.
He fills his cheeks with the nuts.
He will store them in his nest.
He cannot see the food if snow is on the ground.
He must work now.

Kindergarten Science Curriculum

1

Unit One: God's Plan for Me

  • We are wonderfully made by God.
  • Study of our five senses.
  • Staying safe and healthy.

2

Unit Two: God's Plan for Weather

  • Study of rain, snow, wind, storms, etc.
  • Learning to read thermometers.

3

Unit Three: God's Plan for Seasons

  • Study of the four seasons and various climates.

4

Unit Four: God's Plan for Seeds

  • Study of various types of seeds and the plants that grow from them.

5

Unit Five: God's Plan for Animals

  • Study of various mammals from around the world.
  • Study of various types of animal habitats.
  • Study of insects, birds, and reptiles.

6

Unit Six: God's Plan for the Seashore

  • Study of various sea creatures and animals that live on seashores, such as seashells, crabs, starfish, sea gulls, etc.

Kindergarten Social Studies Curriculum

 

FWCS’s kindergarteners receive broad and rich instruction in various areas of community life, geography, American heritage, and cultures from around the globe. All kindergarteners also have the opportunity to participate in a grade wide geography bowl. The following is an overview of FWCS’s colorful A Beka social studies curriculum.

Specific Countries and Cultures

  • Indian Tribes:
    Dwellings, foods, clothing
  • Mexico:
    Sombrero, piñata, siesta
  • Peru:
    Llamas, Andes, open air markets
  • England:
    Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, bobbies
  • Netherlands:
    Windmills, tulips, wooden shoes
  • Italy:
    Alps, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Venice
  • Israel:
    Sea of Galilee, Jerusalem, Judea
  • Kenya:
    Palm trees, safari, thatched roofs
  • China:
    Great Wall, pandas, chopsticks
  • Japan:
    Mt. Fuji, rice paddy, bulletin trains
  • Australia:
    Emu, koala, kangaroos, coral reefs
  • Canada:
    Mounties, polar bears, Niagra Falls

Geography Concepts

  • Different types of communities and land forms
  • Different types of climates in the U.S. and around the globe
  • Map of the fifty states
  • Map of the seven continents
  • Maps of ten countries around the globe

Our American History and Heritage

  • Christopher Columbus
  • Pilgrims and the Mayflower
  • History of the U.S. flag
  • George Washington
  • Monuments and buildings in Washington, D.C.
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • George Washington Carver
  • Statue of Liberty
  • History of our national holidays

Community Helpers

  • Teachers
  • Policemen
  • Veterinarians
  • Doctors
  • Firemen
  • Waitresses
  • Nurses
  • Postal workers
  • Mayors
  • President

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Class

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Class