Six focused learning areas are designed to further skill development and to ensure children are prepared to enter a kindergarten classroom environment.
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The format and structure of a day in kindergarten is introduced, as we help children to develop critical skills for elementary school success. Featuring award-winning and nationally recognized curricula, this program offers kindergarten-level lessons in reading, writing, and math.
This classroom provides young 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds with a strong focus on:
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.
With learning experiences in science, social studies, the arts, literacy, and math, Junior Kindergarten provides comprehensive preparation for kindergarten, plus nationally recognized and award-winning, curricula, such as:
Literacy by Design™: The art of active literacy is used to inspire students, ensuring clear reciprocity between reading and writing. This curriculum correlates to state standards and is delivered through independent learning activities, small-group reading instruction, and whole class experiences.
McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Widely considered to be the most trusted math program in the U.S., it was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and is used by more than 4.3 million students. Lifelong mathematical power is the result of research-based, field-tested strategies that teach basic and conceptual thinking.
Handwriting Without Tears®: To make handwriting an easy, automatic skill for all students, this program—developed by experienced occupational therapists—teaches children how to form letters, and has been proven to improve their letter size, spacing, and overall legibility.
In Junior Kindergarten, children’s development is tracked across five significant benchmarks as they develop skills for elementary school:
Naming all letters in the alphabet, both upper and lowercase; putting sounds together to make short words.
Solving problems through the use of concrete materials; counting to learn how many items in a group up to 10.
The ability to demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and to use terms that are related to location, direction, and distance.
Compromising in a situation of conflict; asking questions to learn about topics presented in their classroom.
Conflict can be an excellent source for learning, if facilitated properly, and in a peaceful way.
Dr. Susan Canizares
Climbing up and down stairs with alternating feet; drawing representations of human and animal figures.