Academics

JK Curriculum

Junior Kindergarten Program

Our Junior Kindergarten program provides a safe and nurturing environment for a child’s first educational experiences. It is important to instill a sense of wonder and an excitement for learning at this young age. Children are eager to learn and their school experiences during this important time will create a foundation upon which their future education will be based. Each child’s days are filled with activities that are interesting, challenging and fun while the kindergarten program creates a structure for learning.

The Junior Kindergarten program is offered five days per week. It includes indoor and outdoor play, French, art and music. There is an emphasis on language development, spatial arithmetic concepts, listening discrimination, motor perception, and coordination. Our staff is chosen for their loving concern to help each child live up to their potential.

Reading and Writing

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Beginning sounds and final sounds
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How to hold a pencil
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Forming lower case letters
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Pre-reading skills
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Focus on reading comprehension
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Learning Consonants
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Learning Names and Sounds of the Consonants

Books:

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The Runaway Bunny, Margaret Wise Brown
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Minnikin, Midgie and Moppet, Adelaide Holl
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Angus and the Ducks, Marjorie Flack
junior kindergarten

Language Arts

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Speech
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Develop diction, enunciation, and rhythmic speech in preparation for reading
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Introduction and recitation of poetry
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Literature
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Grammatical expressions and rhythmic verses
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Improve speech, pronunciation, and vocabulary
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Nursery Rhymes

Mathematics

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Counting the days of the week and months
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Counting by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s
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Counting to add objects
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Learning to form numerals
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Recognizing groups of things given a number
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Language of the Blocks—Develop understanding of the language of numbers through the use of colored blocks
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The Story of Ones

Science and Social Studies

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Animal : Duck species, Dog breeds, Rodents, Birds, Insects, Reptiles, Hibernation, Animal youngster
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Plants: Trees, Fruit, Vegetables
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Earth: Weather, Seasons, Solar system, Rocks
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Health: Nutrition, Hygiene, Safety, The Five Senses
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Community Helpers—Firemen, Policemen, Paramedics, Mailmen

Art and Art Appreciation

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Drawing, painting, and various art activities
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Special holiday, seasonal, and curriculum-based crafts
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Art lessons twice monthly with the art teacher
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Discussion and appreciation of the work of the masters
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Directional coloring

Music

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Singing and rhythmic movements
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Participation in two all-school musical performances per year

French

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Counting, colors, songs, rhymes, phrases and simple objects

Physical Education

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Structured PE class to facilitate gross motor skills and following directions through activities, games, and simple exercises
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Recess in playground area

Guidance in Personal Behavior

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Learning to share
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Accept suggestions
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Learning to be independent
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Waiting patiently and good-naturedly
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Generosity
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Take turns
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Respect for self, others, and environment