Junior Kindergarteners engage in a rich array of language experiences that develop the essential prerequisites for reading and writing. We have both structured and unstructured activities such as puppet shows, dramatic play, and children’s literature to develop pre-literacy skills, explore the use of the written word, and foster a love of reading.
Letterland is a phonics journey brought to life. This means that the children learn the actual sounds that letters make in words. By using the special Letterland “sound tricks”, children soon learn all the a-z sounds. Letterland also provides a unique link between letter sounds and letter shapes. By bringing the Letterland characters to life through a series of fun phonic fables and adventures, children respond and begin to develop a lasting love of language and reading.
Developing Number Concepts is a math program we use in our Junior Kindergarten program. The activities present in this series engage children in exploring, discovering, and interacting with mathematical concepts in ways that get them to think critically. This includes manipulative skills, including counting, number and numeral recognition, and one-to-one correspondence. We use number and geometric pattering activities such as graphing and charting, games, and collections to reinforce number skills. We feel children develop problem solving abilities by engaging in real life mathematical situations, such as sorting and classifying objects in the classroom.
On a daily basis the children are exposed to science, social studies, drama, art, cooking, outdoor activities, music and movement.