Five Kindergarten students pose for a picture in a group on the St. Paul's playground

Program Overview

The St. Paul's Kindergarten program is unique for its blend of experiential learning, special programs, small group focus, and social-emotional skill development. Kindergarten is a pivotal year for students as they prepare for a more rigorous academic environment. During the core academic day, five teachers work with students during Guided Reading and Guided Math. Every week, students complete seven math and reading projects in small group activities. Learn more about Kindergarten curriculum, special classes, and a typical daily schedule below. 

Kindergarten students gather as a group for an interactive and engaging grammar and spelling lesson.
St. Paul's Kindergarten Teacher Student Ratio is 1 to 10

Community Pledge

Everyday at Chapel, students say the St. Paul's Community Pledge.

As a member of the St. Paul's community, I pledge to be honest, to respect others, to take responsibility for my actions and words, to be kind and inclusive, and to help others do the same. 

These words reinforce the St. Paul's mission and values and help students focus on the day ahead.

Preparing for Kindergarten

  • Taking responsibility: Ask your student to clean up messes, dress themself, get their own snack
  • Practice fine motor skills: holding a pencil, cutting with scissors, coloring
  • Social skills: Talk through concepts like sharing, taking turns, using positive words, expressing big feelings
  • Writing practice: Have your student practice writing their name with only the first letter capitalized
  • Read to them! Ask them to re-tell the story and keep them engaged with questions throughout the book. 
  • Summer in the City: Sign up for the Welcome to Kindergarten summer camp to get ready for the classroom!

Explore What Comes Next

Kindergarten Learning Highlights

A St. Paul's kindergarten student pays for veggies at the Farmers Market
Kindergarten Farmers Market

As part of their project based learning unit that asks the question, "How can we create recipes with locally grown ingredients?", kindergarteners visit the Overland Park Farmer's Market. Students select and pay for fresh food that they use in cooking class to make recipes that utilize seasonal, local ingredients. For many kindergarteners, it's their first time representing St. Paul's and riding a bus on a field trip.

Two Kindergarten students create arm casts for each other.
Human Body & Casts

Kindergarten students complete a unit focused on the structure and function of the human body. During this time, they are challenged to design and create a cast for a friend. The cast has to be comfortable, strong, waterproof, and light. Assignments like this are a perfect example of St. Paul’s Project Lead the Way curriculum featuring hands-on activities that challenge students to solve real-world problems.

A group of four kindergarten students play a game of football catch on the playground.
Outdoor Play

Play is a very important part of the kindergarten program. Students play outside each day in the morning and afternoon. Undirected play allows children to learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and to learn self-advocacy skills.

A Kindergarten student holds a baby chick while standing in front of chicken-themed artwork.
Chicken Life Cycle

Kindergarten finishes up their unit on chickens by hatching chicks in a classroom incubator. Over several weeks, students learn about the life cycle and habitat of chickens and patiently wait 21 days for their classroom chicks to hatch. During this time, they also create a pop-up book to illustrate each phase of the chick life cycle.

A student uses an eye dropper into a cup with ice to display a chemical reaction.
Tiny Snowmen

Kindergarten students learn about chemical reactions and acidity during a wintertime STEAM activity! They used baking soda, water, and vinegar to create and "melt" tiny snowmen.

Two Kindergarten students work on a Guided Reading activity together.
Guided Reading

Kindergarteners master many skills with our guided reading program, including utilizing fluency and comprehension strategies. Teachers use The Mitten by Jan Brett for a reading unit in the fall to help students learn to confidently read aloud to their peers. 

At St. Paul's, our mission of developing confident learners, ethical leaders, and compassionate, engaged citizens is evident in each classroom, and the work and play that happens here serves each student for much longer than their time at St. Paul's. Mindy Stephenson, St. Paul's Early Childhood Division Head

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