Kindergarten Readiness

St. Mary School — Kindergarten Readiness Program


Please click on a link below to find out more about about this part of our Kindergarten Readiness Program!

General Information
Literacy Science
Creative Arts
Social Skills
Learning Centers


General Information

For tuition information, please see the Admission and Tuition Page found here.

Class size will be limited to 20 children. One teacher and one aide will conduct this class.
Our kindergarten readiness program is designed to foster an early love of learning and to develop skills and attitudes essential for success in school. Our curriculum encourages little learners to be active and creative explorers. Traditional school subjects including Math, Literacy, Science, Creative Arts, Social Skills, and Religion are taught through each week’s theme, allowing for an engaging school day. Through integrated units of study, children have an opportunity to learn through center activities, music, art, and play.

Children in our program will explore these concepts, but are not required to master them before entering Kindergarten. Children learn these concepts at their own pace. What is learned in the Kindergarten Readiness class is considered a “bonus”. Children will be taught with hands-on materials, songs, and games. They will be assessed by observation and work samples.



  • Numerals 1-20
  • Counting objects to 10 or more
  • One-to-one correspondence of objects
  • Sorting by various attributes: color, shape, size
  • Patterns: AB, AABB, ABC
  • Sizes: small, medium, large
  • Shapes: square, rectangle, circle, triangle
  • Matching: symbols, shapes, patterns, etc.
  • Same and Different
  • More, Less, Same
  • Time: Day and Night
  • Money: Explore through games, songs, and pretend play
  • Graph, chart and record data
  • Explore measurement


  • Daily exposure to alphabet: letter names and sounds
  • Recognize, spell, write first name
  • Hold a pencil, marker, crayon correctly
  • Retell familiar stories
  • Draw pictures and dictate sentences about stories and experiences
  • Answer questions about stories
  • Repeat simple nursery rhymes and fingerplays
  • Concepts of print: left to right direction, holding a book right-side-up
  • Build new vocabulary
  • Learn sight words
  • Build listening skills
  • Strengthen visual discrimination
  • Sequencing
  • Develop fine motor skills: play dough, scissors, writing utensils, Legos, etc.


  • Explore science tools: magnets, magnifying glasses, etc.
  • Experience the world through nature walks and other explorations
  • Observe insect life
  • Observe plant growth
  • Observe weather and plant life during each season
  • Measure and mix ingredients in cooking activities
  • Identify basic colors and explore color mixing
  • Make observational drawings and dictation
  • Explore the world with the five senses
  • Investigate animals, the homes they live in, the food they eat

Creative Arts

  • Explore a variety of art processes: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, etc.
  • Use a variety of art materials: crayons, tempera and watercolor paint, colored pencils, markers, oil pastels, art
  • Experiment with mixing paint colors
  • Sing traditional songs and songs that enhance the curriculum
  • Participate in movement songs and dances
  • Use scarves, rhythm sticks, and bean bags to practice rhythms
  • Use a variety of children’s instruments
  • Participate in dramatic play
  • Dramatize familiar stories
  • Act out the movements and sounds of animals

Social Skills

  • Practice problem-solving skills in social situations
  • Work in groups or with a partner on a variety of projects
  • Share classroom materials with the group
  • Practice using manners: please, thank you, excuse me, table manners
  • Communicate his/her needs
  • Take care of his/her own basic needs: clean up, roll up nap pad, fasten clothing, use tissue as needed, etc.
  • State personal information: first and last name, age, school name, city, state, country
  • Explore types of work and workers
  • Explore modes of transportation
  • Participate in projects to help others in need


  • Listen to Bible stories
  • Recognize that plants, animals, and human beings are God’s creations
  • Recognize that God created families to love and take care of one another
  • Learn about God’s love
  • Listen to stories of the life of Jesus
  • Learn Jesus’ teachings to love God and love others

Learning Centers

  • FREE PLAY- Children will have an opportunity to choose a variety of activities (free play) every day, including manipulative, dramatic play, blocks, library, and cooperative play; this time is also for the creative activity of the day, connected with the day’s lesson plan
  • GROUP TIME- Periods of quiet alternating with periods of activity, pledge of allegiance, weather, calendar, story time, show and tell, games, records, songs, musical instruments, finger plays, conversations, and other activities for the group together
  • ARTS AND CRAFT- Challenging gross and fine motor activities, hand-eye coordination with all kinds of painting (easel, finger, water color, feather, string etc.), cutting, gluing, pasting, including collage items; activities with play-doh, water play, games, and small manipulative play, which includes readiness activities (basic colors, shapes, math skills, matching, and change of seasons)

Rest time will be a part of the daily schedule.

To register for the Kindergarten Readiness Program call the school office at 412-486-7611

Getting kin Ready