Following a challenging school year, there may be a lot of uncertainty around school in the fall. Maybe your child (or you) is not feeling quite ready for kindergarten. Maybe your Pre-K program was shortened unexpectedly or left incomplete. So, what now?
It’s time to think about Junior Kindergarten, a full-day program featuring kindergarten curricula updated for a younger group of learners, to ensure their successful transition to kindergarten. This additional year of critical skill development is focused on:
Six focused learning areas are designed to further skill development and to ensure children are prepared to enter a kindergarten classroom environment.
Experimenting with different roles and materials while engaging in pretend play and using their imaginations helps children explore social-emotional skills.
Constructing and creating using a variety of different materials helps children to learn about how things work and fit together.
With different art techniques, color concepts, and cooperation, children are able to be creative, solve problems, and develop their self-expression.
Experimentation and exploration with science and math concepts enable children to challenge their investigative abilities and build critical thinking skills.
Written communication is developed, as children develop letter and word recognition and formation, breaking down words into sounds, and collecting sounds to make words.
Children develop significant literacy skills, including story reasoning, print awareness, and word recognition, as they engage with books.
In the Junior Kindergarten classroom, your child spends their time gaining the necessary academic and social-emotional skills for kindergarten success. We provide a comprehensive curriculum, enabling students to gain skills and knowledge in these important subject areas:
These experiences include naming all the letters (upper- and lowercase) of the alphabet, correctly placing sounds in order, reading and writing short words, as well as additional experiences in early writing, reading, vocabulary, and communication.
Through large and small group instruction, daily routines, and independent workstations, children learn important math concepts, such as numbers, sorting, ordering, and patterns. These concepts will be explored in a more in-depth way when they get to kindergarten.
Desired Outcome: Measuring: Uses non-standard units (e.g., paper clips) to measure length.
This subject features hands-on learning experiences for children to explore, discover, and investigate themes including Animals, Health and Feelings; Weather/Seasons; and Plant Life Cycles.
Milestone: Use tools to measure and make comparisons.
Desired Outcome: The students can use tools to compare and describe the weights of various objects.
Lessons in social studies focus on people, relationships, and communities. It starts with learning about yourself, then your family, your community, and the whole wide world.
Children find ways to express their unique personalities, ideas, and feelings, through the use of music and movement, drama, and visual arts.
Fine and gross motor skill development is the main focus of physical development, as children explore their environment, and learn important lessons in health and nutrition.
To succeed in school (and also life) there are six Critical Learning Skills for children to develop: self-regulation; the ability to follow routines; to sustain attention; to take different perspectives; to follow complex directions; and to communicate effectively.
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