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Following an uncertain, shortened school year, there are many questions for this fall. Are you feeling your child is not quite ready for kindergarten? Was their Pre-K year abbreviated?
You may want to consider Junior Kindergarten. This full-day program offers a kindergarten curriculum adapted for younger learners that ensures a successful transition to kindergarten, and beyond. This extra year of developing critical skills before elementary school:
The Junior Kindergarten classroom resembles a kindergarten classroom environment and features six centers for focused skill development.
Children use dramatic and pretend play as they try on different costumes and roles, and use social-emotional skills to make sense of the world.
Children learn how things work and fit together, by using different materials to construct their own creations.
Children get to explore their creative side, while developing problem-solving and self-expression skills, through different art techniques and color concepts.
Children use their investigative skills to experiment with different science and math concepts. This exploration helps develop critical-thinking skills.
Letter and word recognition and formation, using sounds to segment words, and putting sounds together to make words are all ways that children work to develop effective written communication abilities.
Surrounded by books, children develop key literacy skills such as story reasoning, print awareness, and word recognition in this center.
The Junior Kindergarten classroom offers a positive environment for children to have additional time to gain academic and social-emotional skills essential to kindergarten success. A robust, comprehensive curriculum enables students to increase their knowledge about the world around them, with a focus on these main subject areas:
Children will learn to name all the letters in the alphabet (both upper- and lowercase), to place sounds in correct order, to read and write short words, as well as engage in additional early writing, reading, communication, and vocabulary experiences.
Desired Outcome: Listening and Responding to Stories: Retells a story from beginning, to middle, to end, without assistance.
Children learn introductory math concepts, such as numbers, sorting, ordering, and patterns, that will be explored more in-depth in kindergarten. Teachers provide math instruction in both large and small group settings, while math workstations offer independent learning opportunities.
With hands-on learning opportunities, children can explore and discover significant themes such as Health and Feelings; Day/Night; Growing; Transportation; and Animals.
It’s important to learn about yourself, your family, your community, and the entire world.
Visual arts, drama, and music and movement inspire children to express their feelings.
Learning about health and nutrition, while exploring their environment, children will work on developing important fine and gross motor skills.
There are six Critical Learning Skills that help children succeed in school: self-regulation; following routines; sustaining attention; taking different perspectives; following complex directions; and communicating effectively.
Milestone: Holds a pencil or crayon with proper grip.
Desired Outcome: Students develop the proper pencil grip.
The anxiety and fear provoked by conflict impacts both adults and children on a daily basis. So developing positive conflict resolution skills are essential to a child’s development.
Conflict can be an excellent source for learning, if facilitated properly, and in a peaceful way.
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