Kindergarten at Notre Dame School is an exciting time of exploration for your child. As motor coordination increases, so will a sense of independence, self-reliance, and self-confidence. Kindergarten is open to children five years of age on or before September 1 of the current school year.

K Highlights include:

  • Faith: Your child will learn that God is the creator of all things and will celebrate and enjoy God’s creation through liturgy and prayer.

  • Language Arts: Your child will progress from recognizing all upper and lowercase letters to identifying sounds of all consonants and vowels, culminating in reading and writing simple sentences and stories.

  • Math: Your child will learn to sort and classify objects; recognize, write, and compare numbers; count orally by ones, five, and tens to 100; add and subtract using manipulatives; recognize patterns and shapes; recognize and compare measurable attributes of objects; and recite the days of the week and months of the year.

  • Science: Your child will use all senses to question, observe, and experiment with plants and animals, weather and temperature, and pushes and pulling forces.

  • Social Studies: Your child will learn about religious and civic holidays throughout the year, as well as significant historical figures

  • Mass Partner: Every kindergartener is assigned a Junior High Mass Partner who will act as a guide and mentor through their first year at Notre Dame.

  • Field Trips: Students participate in CSU Chico Physical Education Programs and take at least two other field trips each year, including a trip to a local pumpkin patch.

  • Staffing: The Kindergarten classroom is staffed by one teacher and one aide

  • Notre Dame School is accredited by the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)

Kindergarten Curricilium

Religion-Disciples in Christ Virtues, Blest Be The Children, and Friendzy

English Language Arts -Tara West standard-based engaging hands-on

SIPPS- Phonics program

Math- Tara West stand-based hands-on math program

Science- Mystery Science