Kindergarten is a time to stimulate and guide the natural curiosity, activities, and interests of children. Field trips, guest speakers, and show-n-tell time help to enhance our program of rich academic studies. Activities include painting, puzzles, dress-up, games blocks, and manipulatives. Daily recess and activity times encourage physical and social growth along with creativity and character training. Story time in always a favorite part of the day.
Weekly special enrichments include art, music, library, and physical education. Our monthly “Fourth Grade Buddies” program is also a big highlight for kindergartners. Daily Bible lessons and weekly chapel time encourage knowledge of God’s Word and an application of its principles.
The Kindergarten program promotes a phonics based language arts curriculum, which will give students a solid foundation for independent reading. Workbooks are used to enhance writing with phonics including both manuscript and cursive writing, letters and sounds, and readiness skills. Students generally will begin reading group instruction by the second half of the school year.
Math skills begin with number recognition and concepts, counting and writing to 100. Addition families follow, with the inclusion of readiness skills, such as months of the year, days of the week and opposites. The identification and counting of money, telling time, counting by 10’s, 5’s, 2’s and number words are also taught. Subtraction is introduced at the end of the year.
Our curriculum also includes science and social studies. In social studies, children begin learning about our own country and then travel the globe to study other countries of the world. Science helps to equip each child with an understanding of God’s creation. Units include weather, seasons, seeds, animals and oceans.
Email: Mrs. Koch
Mrs. Marjorie Koch has a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education from Ohio State University and a Masters in education from Mount St. Joseph College in Ohio. She retired in Ohio with 34 years of teaching experience in grades K-3. She then substituted for 1 year and became the 4th grade Proficiency Test Tutor. In August of 2003, Mrs. Koch moved to Florida. She became the kindergarten teacher at Venice Christian School in March 2004. Mrs. Koch and her husband, Richard, have 2 adopted sons and 1 biological son. They also have 8 grandchildren.
Email: Mrs. Murphy
My name is Shari Murphy; I have a Doctorate degree in Christian Psychology from Tampa Bay Bible College and a BS in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. I have had the privilege of being a part of Venice Christian School since 2014. I was excited to expand my role at Venice Christian School, originally as the Preschool Director, later as a VPK teacher, and now as a Kindergarten teacher. Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us! Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6