5K at St. Joseph's Catholic School strives to be an environment in which students achieve learning by exploring areas of study which develop the child intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Lessons aim to develop listening skills, following multi-step directions, and fine and gross motor skills. In addition, lessons in Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science incorporate multiple resources to support learning, including manipulatives and hands-on activities, field trips, and technology resources. Our curriculum includes use of current educational strategies such as Orton-Gillingham, Singapore Math, Balanced Literacy, and Brain Gym. Infused throughout our academic study is an awareness of God – His presence, His creation, and His Church. Weekly Mass is a part of 5K, as well as daily prayers and religion lessons.

By the end of the year, each child should know all letters and letter sounds, and should be able to read basic sight words, as well as basic readers. The student should be able to identify all numbers to 30, count aloud to 100 by ones, fives, and tens, and perform operations of sorting, patterning, graphing, telling time by the hour, and basic addition and subtraction. 

Students master “I can!” skills over the course of the year…

  • State first and last name
  • Recognize 8 basic colors
  • Hold a crayon and pencil appropriately
  • Use paste and glue appropriately
  • Hold and use scissors appropriately
  • Speak clearly to express ideas and needs
  • Copy my name
  • State my birthday
  • State the days of the week
  • State the months of the year
  • State my phone number
  • State my address
  • Print my first and last name from memory