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Our Kindergarten Curriculum

At Carden Academy of Whittier, we consider nothing more important than to help each student learn and grow at their best pace. We have constructed our kindergarten program with the benefit of all of our students in mind. Our small class sizes allow our dedicated teachers to provide an accelerated curriculum and individualized instruction that benefits all of our students. Our teachers are able to provide additional support in academic areas to foster the learning pace and needs of our students through daily small group work sessions.


When you choose Carden Academy of Whittier, you ensure that your child will be exposed to a wide and varied curriculum filled with all of the skill sets necessary to help guide their development thoroughly. We offer instruction in classical literature, math, physical education, music, foreign languages, art, and advanced academic programs such as STEM. We believe a child’s development is not just cognitive, but also social, creative, and physical. We are committed to supporting the development of the whole child at every grade level.

Schedule a tour to learn more about our kindergarten program!

Kindergarten Objectives

To Give Each Child:

Security in learning, the ability to think, self-reliance, understanding of what he/she is learning and knowledge of the purpose of that learning, good study habits, love of reading and math, and a pleasurable learning experience.


Introductory steps using play names of letters
Real names and sounds of letters and blends
Reading simple sentences rhythmically 
Beginning controls

Word groups
Simple spelling lessons
The workbooks are worked independently and corrected daily
Reading is taught in groups of 4 students around a teaching table

Sight words


Basic number sense: one-ness, ... nine-ness

Grouping objects and counting them

Pattern: building the ones and the boxes (1-9)

The number line (1-9)

Developing the mental image; numbers before and after

Simple oral word problems with addition and subtraction

Working number needed story problems

Counting by 2's, 5's, 10's and every other one

Counting aloud and writing numbers to 100

Simple work with time, money, and the calendar

Written addition and subtraction problems (1-3)

Math is taught in groups of 4–6 students around a teaching table while the other group of children work independently


Questions answered: Who? (subject); Doing? (verb)

Identify them in a sentence

Create sentences following this pattern

Ask and answer the questions in writing 

Parts of the sentence: separate sentences into the two main parts, Who? and Doing? (subject and predicate) with a line under the subject

Verbs: beginning oral work on present and past tense forms

Punctuation: Sentences begin with capital and end with a period, question marks.


Develop concepts and vocabulary for earth, life, and physical science and the ability to perform appropriate experiments.

Social Skills:

Ability to interact appropriately with peers and adults; ability to communicate ideas, feelings, and knowledge.

*Reading Log:

Second semester.

*Simple Book Reports

Second semester.


The appreciation of poetry and the ability to memorize various poems.


The ability to print clearly.


Appreciate 6–8 well-known paintings and the artists.


Two musical program performances per year; learn numerous historical songs and fun age appropriate songs.


Skill reading maps (neighborhood and the United States).

Computer Skills:

Ability to use a computer for educational games and IXL.

Attitude Development:

We discuss Standards of Living and help students to be confident and comfortable in the presence of adults and classmates. Our students practice patterns of acceptable behavior and have a sense of security in learning. Our students are taught to maintain strong values and show appreciation for all that is good.

Books for the Pupils


Book 1 I See

Book 2 Joan

Book 3 The Red Book


Cutting and Pasting 

Vocabulary seat work for the Red Book

Red Book Workbook

Pre-Primary Workbook

The Farm Workbook

Daddy's Garden



One is for the Sun

Johnny Crows New Garden

Play with Me

Minnikin, Midgie and Moppet

Extracurricular Activities

Field Trips:

Thursday, February 8, 2024 - Centennial Farm

After-School Clubs:

Mondays: Cheer

Wednesdays: Dance (Ballet) & Train Children Chess Club

Thursdays: Spanish Club

Fridays: Cheer & Dance (Hip Hop)

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