Kindergarten

at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Our School’s Mission & Vision

Christian Faith and Challenging Academics

The mission of Holy Cross Lutheran School is to provide a Christ-centered, nurturing ministry for children and their families, with an emphasis on academic excellence.

Kindergarten

Holy Cross Lutheran School places an emphasis on academic excellence and teaching of the Christian faith. Our curriculum is challenging, yet flexible, and is designed to meet or exceed the standards set by the State of Indiana. Our teachers are dedicated to providing this excellence in an atmosphere of personal warmth and Christian love, recognizing the individuality of each child and nurturing a positive self-concept.

We offer two different kindergarten programs to meet the needs of individual students and their families. Our half-day kindergarten program meets Monday through Friday, from 8:45 AM until 1 PM. The full-day kindergarten program meets Monday through Friday from 8:45 am until 3:45 pm.

Kindergarten Goals

Holy Cross Lutheran School provides a fun, flexible, Christian atmosphere of teaching and learning experiences to enable children to:

  • Develop a strong, positive self-worth as a valued child of God.
  • Formulate social and emotional skills appropriate for home and school.
  • Develop cognitive and motor skills appropriate for each child through the philosophy that a child’s work is his play.
  • Initiate and Maintain spiritual growth through weekly Bible stories and daily intervention of activities with Jesus Christ as his Savior.

Curriculum

The kindergarten curriculum is carefully planned for the progressive development of each child and to promote continuity in the transition from preschool to elementary school. Students develop a positive self-image as they improve skills and learn to work both independently and with others. Classroom activities maintain a well-balanced variety of individual, small-group, and whole-group instruction.

The curriculum includes:

Religion

  • Bible Stories and songs
  • Worship experiences/Chapel
  • Mission education
  • Application to real life values

Language Arts

  • Scott Foresman “Reading Street” Curriculum
  • Quality children’s literature
  • Emerging reader activities
  • Skill-building activities in handwriting and journaling
  • Accelerated Reader
  • Read the Zoo (Indianapolis Star)
  • Introduction to Spanish language and culture

Everyday Math

  • Experiential activities in numeral recognition and math concepts using a variety of manipulative materials
  • Math Pentathlon games and Math Pentathlon Club

Science and Social Studies

  • The Five Senses
  • Human Body
  • Solar System
  • Native Americans
  • Community and Multicultural Awareness
  • US Geography

Other Learning

  • Art activities, including the study of major artists and styles
  • Music and Rhythmic movement
  • Choir and Rhythm Instruments
  • Technology
  • Physical Education
  • Large and Fine Motor development
  • Study Trip experiences

We Are Social

Holy Cross Lutheran School
8115 Oaklandon Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46236
317.826.1234

High Ability Program at Holy Cross Lutheran School

Holy Cross is committed to meet the needs of high ability students whose performance is consistent with nationally-recognized criteria for giftedness. We provide them with advanced experiences beyond grade-level curriculum through acceleration and/or enrichment of the curriculum.

High Ability students perform at or show the potential for performing at an outstanding level of accomplishment in at least one domain (areas of aptitude and talent) compared to other students of the same age, experience, or environment and is characterized by exceptional gifts, talents, motivation, or interest.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

Cluster Model

Cluster grouping is when gifted and talented and/or high-achieving students are identified as being within the top five percent and placed in a standard, mixed-ability (heterogeneous) classroom within their grade. Groupings of three to six or five to eight are typical cluster groups. If there are more than eight to ten students meeting the necessary criteria, another cluster group is typically formed and placed in a different class.

Advantages of Clustering

Grouping all gifted children in a regular classroom provides:

  • Social, emotional, and academic advantages to students.
  • Inclusive spaces.
  • Gifted students often feel more comfortable among students with similar abilities.
  • Cluster groupings help facilitate this comfort level by increasing the number of high achieving students within one class.

 

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