WELCOME TO BELONGING
Your child has a place at Minnehaha Academy. Here, your child will be set on a path of discovery, guided by passionate teachers who cultivate a joy of learning.
Kindergarten teachers incorporate hands-on activities to develop and grow reading and math skills. Your child will also reap the benefit of specialist classes in art, library, music, physical education and Spanish.
Your child will feel secure and valued in our nurturing environment. A low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that your child will be known, cared for, and set on a path of lifelong learning.
"Teachers exemplify passion with a purpose in their interactions with our children, each other and the overall community. I truly believe that their goal is to make the best version of themselves."
- Parents of Lower School children
The full-day Kindergarten program provides an enriching Christian environment for students to experience a wide variety of activities in academics and socialization. One size does not fit all, which is why we use various approaches to challenge and encourage your child. We believe children learn best when they are engaged in meaningful activities that promote cognitive, social, emotional, physical, spiritual growth and well-being.
Brain Boosting SMART Program
Kindergarten children at Minnehaha Academy benefit from current brain research in our SMART program. Each day they have fun moving their bodies in specific activities that challenge their visual, motor, auditory, sensory, and proprioceptive systems – ultimately boosting their brain power. Learn more about SMART.
Reading, writing, listening, speaking – we utilize the Houghton-Mifflin Journeys literacy curriculum, which provides daily chances for your child to develop these building blocks. Children learn letter sounds and how sounds blend together to make words through a multi-sensory phonetic approach. Daily journal time encourages the expression of imagination through letters, words, sentence writing, and illustrations. Once a week children visit the school library and check out books after a library skills session.
Kindergarten presents foundational mathematical concepts through songs, rhymes and hands-on activities using Singapore Math. Students at this level are learning number sense, measurement, geometry, simple algebra, data analysis, probability, and problem solving. Students are also encouraged to recognize connections between mathematical topics, and understand how concepts build on one another.
Conveying the love and goodness of God is the primary goal of the Christian Schools International Bible curriculum. Through stories of God’s working in the lives of Old and New Testament people, students learn to recognize God’s work and His plan in their own lives. All Lower School students and teachers meet together weekly for a chapel service.
Social Studies/ Science
Themes throughout the school year provide the framework for multi-faceted, integrated experiences in several curricular areas. We integrate literacy and science with our in-depth study of penguins. Students learn the beginning steps of writing a research paper. Science themes include weather and seasons, animals and their habitats, plant life and environmental awareness, and there’s an in-depth study on the continent of Australia that focuses on geography and culture.
Beyond our core curriculum, kindergarten students work with specialists in art, technology, music, physical education and Spanish. If you prefer individual music training, private piano or string lessons can be scheduled.