In response to the need for a uniform course study for the kindergarten classes of the parochial day schools, the Direct Archdiocesan District Office of Education recently created a Curriculum for the Kindergarten to assist the teachers who teach Greek as second language to children of this age group.
Based on the developmental needs and the learning abilities of the kindergarten child, the Kindergarten Curriculum places an emphasis on oral communication and, at the same time, aims at instilling in the young learners a sense of pride, love and respect for the Greek cultural heritage and the Greek Orthodox faith.
The Kindergarten Curriculum is divided into 13 units, one of which refers to major religious holidays and customs. Each unit consists of the following: the general goal, the objective of each lesson, recommended activities and materials, basic vocabulary, phrases for oral communication practice, and a vast list of resources (songs, poems, stories, and games) to help teachers introduce each unit.
The publication of the Kindergarten Curriculum was made possible due to a generous grant from the "Stavros S. Niarchos" Foundation.
- Unit 1 – All about Me
- Unit 2 – Colors
- Unit 3 – Locations / Directions
- Unit 4 – Opposites
- Unit 5 – Shapes
- Unit 6 – Time
- Unit 7 – Letters of the Greek Alphabet written with straight lines (Ι, Τ, Γ, Ε, Π, Η, Ξ)
- Unit 8 – Letters of the Greek Alphabet written with diagonal lines (Λ, Α, Δ, Ζ, Ν, Υ, Χ, Κ, Σ, Μ)
- Unit 9 – Letters of the Greek Alphabet written with curves (Ο, Θ, Ρ, Β, Φ, Ψ, Ω)
- Unit 10 – The Greek Alphabet, Phonemes and Graphemes
- Unit 11 – The Seasons
- Unit 12 – Me and my environment
- Unit 13 – Christian Orthodox Holidays and Customs