The Kindergarten Syllabus contains detailed daily lesson plans for Religion, Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Poetry, Art and Music. It also contains a variety of teaching resources including Kindergarten Subject Rubrics and Learning Objectives, suggested daily schedules, teaching tips and several lists of grade level appropriate literature. We have provided below a sample of the first week from the syllabus along with a list of the books used in the syllabus.

In Religion we use the Children's Bible (Golden Press) to familiarize the student with the Bible stories that will help him to acquire true principles in order to form correct judgments about the world. In Mathematics we use the Golden Step Ahead Workbooks OR ABeka's Numbers Skills Arithmetic K5 to introduce the student to the world of numbers and basic addition and subtraction. In Reading we use Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (Engelman, Haddox, and Bruner) which has lessons for the student to read and clear teaching instructions for the parent. In Writing we use Writing Our Catholic Faith Kindergarten to introduce the student to the formation of letters. In Poetry we use The Harp and Laurel Wreath or A Child's Garden of Verse which provide excellent selections of poetry for the parent to read to the student and for the student to memorize. In Science we encourage a love of the natural world through a variety of science projects in Kindergarte Science (MODG). And in Social Studies we use Kindergarten Social Studies (MODG) to introduce the branches of government, important historical site and famous landmarks. In Art we use the Kindergarten Art (MODG) to introduce the student to art appreciation along with a variety of kits from Illuminated Ink to provide the student with hands on craftwork. In Music we use 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns to introduce the student to music through practice and appreciation of the great hymns of the Church. In addition the syllabus has several lists of good literature for the student broken down by the liturgical year, a calendar of saints and a general list of literature.

Current Edition: © 2017.

Online versions of the MODG syllabi are provided to enrolled families free of charge. Paper copies of the syllabi are also available for purchase from the MODG office, with a 30% discount for enrolled families.

Book List

English
  • Essential 4
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
      Siegfried Engelmann
      Touchstone — 395 Pages
      ISBN: 0671631985
    • The Harp and Laurel Wreath: Poetry and Dictation for the Classical Curriculum
      Berquist, Laura
      Ignatius Press — 500 Pages
      ISBN: 0898707161
    • Writing Our Catholic Faith Kindergarten
      Wasylyk, Thomas & Jennifer
      Universal Publishing — 80 Pages
      ISBN: 1931181780
  • Supplemental - Optional 117
Fine Arts
  • Essential 2
    • 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns for Voice and Piano
      Jemison, Alan
      Alan Jemison
    • Kindergarten Art
      Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School
  • Supplemental - Required 6
    • Crystal Rosary Kit for Girls
      Mother of Divine Grace School
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Marian Grotto Kit - Our Lady of Lourdes
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Rosary Sticker Boxes Project
      Mother of Divine Grace School
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Spiritual Bouquet Card Kit
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
    • Wood Rosary Kit for Boys
      Mother of Divine Grace School
      Mother of Divine Grace School
    • Wooden Rosary Holder Kit St Michael the Archangel
      Illuminated Ink
      Illuminated Ink
Mathematics
  • Essential 7
    • Numbers Skills K5
      Knowles, Becky
      A Beka Books — 164 Pages
    • Any comparable workbook
    • I Can Add (Step Ahead)
      Reynolds, Patricia
      Golden Books — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 0307035905
    • I Know Numbers (Step Ahead)
      Cole, Kathleen
      Golden Books — 64 Pages
      ISBN: 0307036715
    • Number Skills (Step Ahead)
      Golden Books
      Golden Books — 64 Pages
      ISBN: 0307036650
    • Numbers 1 to 100 Flash Cards
      Brighter Child
      Brighter Child
      ISBN: 0769647995
    • Numbers 1-10 (Step Ahead)
      Bottoni, Lois
      Golden Books — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 0307235378
    • Numbers 10 to 100 (Step Ahead)
      Bottoni, Lois
      Golden Books — 32 Pages
      ISBN: 0307035867
  • Supplemental - Optional 1
Religion
  • Essential 2
    • Hardcover Blank Book for Student Retellings & Illustrations
      Ashley Productions
      Ashley Productions
    • The Children's Bible
      Golden Books, Jose Miralles
      Golden Inspirational — 512 Pages
      ISBN: 0307165205
Science
  • Essential 1
    • Kindergarten Science
      Pipes, Jessica & Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 37 Pages
Social Studies
  • Essential 1
    • Kindergarten Social Studies
      Pipes, Jessica & Yanoschik, Elizabeth
      Mother of Divine Grace School — 21 Pages

Samples

Please note that in the K-2nd grade paper syllabi the following lists are integrated with each other in the syllabus. So Day 1 assignments are listed together under Monday, Day 2 under Tuesday and so forth.

Week 1

Day Assignment
1

Read aloud the story of the creation of the world as it is found in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 1. If you have The Children’s Bible begin on page 14 and read the 1st through the 4th days. Read slowly and discuss each day of creation in simple terms.

2

Ask your child if he remembers what God created on the 1st day, the 2nd, and so on.  Help him remember if he has trouble. Then, on a piece of  art paper or on the first page of an empty art tablet, ask him to draw a picture of what God made on any or all of those days. Be sure to keep an area at the bottom of the page blank. Explain that this is the first page of a “Bible Book” that he will be making. You may make suggestions, or draw an outline for him to color. After he has finished his picture ask him about it.  In the blank area at the bottom of the page write down what he tells you about the picture and about the creation.

3

Read page 14-15 of The Children’s Bible, the 5th through the 7th days of creation. Stop after each day and ask him what God created on that day.

4

Review with your child what God made on the 5th and 6th day, and what happened on the 7th day of creation. Now ask him to draw a picture about these days in his “Bible Book.” In the place reserved at the bottom of the page write down what he tells you about his picture and about the story of creation. (In subsequent weeks, every time the syllabus instructs the child to ‘retell’ a previous story, you will be writing his summary in this “Bible Book.” 

Day Assignment
1

Numbers Skills Arithmetic K5 - Do Lesson 2, pp. 1-2

2

Numbers Skills Arithmetic K5 - Do Lesson 4, pp. 3-4

3

Numbers Skills Arithmetic K5 - Do Lesson 7, p. 5

4

Numbers Skills Arithmetic K5 - Do Lesson 9, p. 6

Day Assignment
1

Show your child the number flashcards, 1-10. Ask him to identify each one. If he can do so easily, show him the next 5 cards, continue up to number 25.  Put aside the cards with the numbers he knows well. Tell him the names of the ones that are less familiar. Show these to him a second time, putting aside each card that he can identify this time. When you put the cards away keep the ones that he recognizes easily separate from those he does not.

2

Take out the number cards that were not familiar to your child. Hold up one card, ask him if he knows what it is.  If he does, put it aside. If he does not, tell him what it is and ask him to make a tower out of that number of wooden blocks, or Duplos. When the tower is built have him put the number card in front of it. Continue with the next card in the same way until all the unfamiliar cards are used. If this becomes tedious, stop.  Continue next time.

Day Assignment
1

Do p. 1 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Kindergarten.

2

Do p. 2 in Writing Our Catholic Faith Kindergarten.

Day Assignment
1

Begin the book Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons. The first lesson begins on page 31.  Do Task 1.

2

Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.  Do Task 2.

3

Do Lesson 1, Tasks 3 & 4 in 100 Easy Lessons.

4

Complete Lesson 1 of 100 Easy Lessons.

Day Assignment
1

Begin with the poem “Rain” by Robert Louis Stevenson. It is short and cheerful and easy to memorize. Read the poem aloud to your child. Ask him to repeat the title and author a few times. If he likes, read it again. (This poem and all those that follow can be found in The Harp and Laurel Wreath.)

2

Ask your child if he remembers the name of the poem that you read yesterday. The author? If not, tell him again and ask him to repeat it.  Read the poem aloud. Repeat the first line, “The rain is raining all around,” and ask him to say that. Then ask him to say the title, author and first line.  Help him if necessary. Let him repeat it until he is comfortable with it.  Read the whole poem to him one more time.

3

Ask your child to tell you the name of the poem he is learning, and the author.  Can he say the first line?  Help him if necessary.  Now read the whole poem aloud.  Repeat the title and author and the first two lines, e.g

  • “‘Rain’ by Robert Louis Stevenson,
  • The rain is raining all around,
  • It falls on field and tree,”

Ask him to say it with you, or, if he can, to say it alone. Say it a few times together. Then ask him if he remembers what else it “rains on.” If he knows have him repeat the next line, “It rains on the umbrellas here,” correcting any mistakes.  If he can’t remember, tell him.

4

Have your child repeat all that he can of the poem. Read the poem aloud.  Repeat the first three lines, then ask him to repeat them. Now say the fourth line, “And on the ships at sea.” Ask him to repeat just the last two lines. Now ask him to try to say the whole poem. Help him when he gets stuck. Read the poem one more time.

Day Assignment
1

Use the booklists in the back of this syllabus throughout the year. There is a list of books to help you observe the saints’ feast days, and a calendar of saints’ feast days. There is another list of books for the liturgical seasons of the year, and a third list of good children’s books. There should be some “read aloud” time every day. 

2

Read aloud some books from the booklists. 

3

Read aloud some books from the booklists. 

4

Read aloud some books from the booklists.

Day Assignment
1

Listen to track 1, “O Come, Little Children”, of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns. The object here is to become familiar with and actually learn to sing some of the kinds liturgical songs  that the Second Vatican Council, in The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, said were “…a treasure of inestimable value, greater even that that of any other art.” (Paragraph 112) Mr. Jemison even includes some Gregorian Chant, about which the same Council said, “The Church recognizes Gregorian chant as being specially suited to the Roman Liturgy, Therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services.” (Paragraph 116) These hymns are suited to different parts of the liturgical year, so those in the curriculum for this year are listed in the appropriate section of the Book and Music list for the Liturgical Year.

2

Listen to track 1 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

3

Listen to track 1 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.

4

Listen to track 1 of the CD accompanying Alan Jemison’s 36 Traditional Roman Catholic Hymns.