Junior-K

Junior-K Nursery School Program

The Junior-K program is offered Monday-Friday, 5 days a week at 8:45-11:15 AM.

There teacher-child ratio is 1:12. Children must turn 5 by December 31st.

The Junior K is a special program for children who turn 5 in the summer or fall of the school year.  While a child may be eligible to attend kindergarten, parents may decide to give their child a gift of a year. During this year, children continue to prepare for kindergarten through academic practice and various thematic units centered on social and emotional development. Children “visit” various countries, explore cultures and traditions, enjoy special classroom visitors, learn about the United States, and eventually take what they learn to create their own world. These thematic units engage children to actively listen to one another, teach how to peacefully resolve conflicts and  navigate difficult situations, and develop citizenship within the class community. Children in Junior-K also engage in a series of mindfulness activities, gaining self-confidence and trust in themselves as they prepare for kindergarten.

Junior-K Nursery School Curriculum:

Social & Emotional Development

  • Develop citizenship within class community by displaying kindness and care for others
  • Develop empathy towards others and diverse situations
  • Develop respect for self and others
  • Gain confidence in social situations and academic challenges
  • Regulate behavior appropriately in diverse emotional climates
  • Follow classroom routines and rules and adjust to transitions and situational changes
  • Respond to conflict effectively
  • Learn to take care of own materials and belongings

Work & Play Habits

  • Seek help when needed from adults and peers
  • Persevere in challenging situations
  • Take learning risks and learn to take initiative
  • Play and work well with all children and include everyone in play
  • Develop grit and motivation towards goals

Literacy Development

  • Understand basic features of print and print concepts
  • Identify uppercase and lowercase letters
  • Recognize letter sounds
  • Actively engage with a variety of texts and genres
  • Decode words and segment words into sounds
  • Isolate phonemes within words
  • Recognize own name and repetitive words within classroom environment

Writing Development

  • Use drawing, dictating and writing to narrate an event and convey information
  • Write uppercase letters appropriately with adequate spacing and formation
  • Spell simple words phonetically
  • Dictate appropriate punctuation to demonstrate meaning
  • Use proper pencil grip and adequate pressure when drawing and writing

Mathematics

  • Identify numbers, number names and count sequentially to 20 and above
  • Count to tell the number of objects
  • Count by 5s and 10s
  • Identify and describe common shapes
  • Identify and create patterns
  • Explore early math concepts with the use of manipulatives and ten frames