Ms. Theresa Stavish
Miss Claire Marcus

Curriculum Overview:

Welcome to Kindergarten at Holy Cross School! We are committed to providing a warm welcoming environment where each child can grow both academically and spiritually in a Christian environment. Our program follows the curriculum and standards developed by the Archdiocese of Washington. We utilize a thematic approach to teaching that Theresa Stavish focuses on learning experiences that build on students’ interests, prior knowledge, and topics relevant to their lives. While studying each theme, reading, writing, problem solving, and creative thinking are fostered. Throughout the day, students participate in small group and large group instruction, as well as participate in many hands-on learning experiences. In order to meet the diverse learning styles of each student, many different methods of instruction are used.

Areas of instruction include:


Kindergarten students are given age appropriate instruction in the key areas of Catholic life: knowledge of faith, liturgy and sacraments, morality, prayer, education for living in the Christian community, and evangelization and apostolic life. The Sadlier Religion program We Believe is used to complement instruction.


The Saxon Math Program is used during formal mathematics instruction. Skills taught include counting, estimating, sequencing, patterning, classifying, sorting, graphing, creating sets, identifying and describing shapes. Non-standard units of measurement are used to explore capacity, length, weight, and temperature. Students learn to identify and count pennies, nickels, and dimes. Basic addition and subtraction are introduced.

Reading/Language Arts

The Sadlier-Oxford phonics and word study program is used during small and large group reading/language arts instruction. Other resources include Reading A-Z leveled readers, extension activities, and books that can be projected onto our Smartboard. Authentic literature of different genres are read aloud daily. Interactive Smartboard activities include learning experiences from PBSKids, StarFall, and Scholastic Reader online. The kindergarten reading/language arts instruction includes concepts about print and concept of word, phonemic awareness, phonics, decoding and word recognition, vocabulary and concept development, reading and reading comprehension, the writing process, speaking, and handwriting.

Science & Social Studies

The kindergarten science program provides students with opportunities to think and act like scientists. Both earth science and physical sciences are investigated.

The social studies curriculum includes experiences where students learn about themselves, their school, and their community.

Special Activities

Kindergarten students participate weekly in music class, art class, physical education, computers, Spanish, and Library.

Teacher Bio – Ms. Theresa Stavish

Theresa Stavish


    • Reading Specialist Coursework, University of Virginia
    • M.A. – Instructional Systems Development with a concentration in Early Childhood Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    • B.S. – Personnel and Labor Relations, University of Maryland, College Park


      State of Maryland Advanced Professional Certificate with certification areas in the following:
      • Early Childhood Education, PreK – 3
      • Reading Specialist


      I am blessed to have two wonderful daughters, and I enjoy spending my free time reading and exercising.








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