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Junior Kindergarten

jk kidsThe junior kindergarten classroom uses a comprehensive curriculum system that includes experiences and activities that develop our students’ skills in language and literacy, social development, mathematics, science and inquiry, art, music, and physical development. The development of oral language skills and vocabulary is an important component of the early childhood experience. The junior kindergarten curriculum places a strong emphasis on such communication skills. Our classroom themes are based mostly on children’s interests. 

The junior kindergarten team embraces a hands-on, integrated approach that encourages children to stretch themselves and grow cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically. The team is committed to providing a junior kindergarten experience that fosters confidence in our students by helping them to realize their own capabilities and strengths as independent learners. The junior kindergarten academic year provides students with a strong foundation for their future learning experiences. 

For every subject area, the junior kindergarten team utilizes the Work Sampling System in order to collect, maintain, and analyze information regarding students’ learning goals over the course of the school year. The information is shared with families through summary reports and portfolios at the conclusion of each quarter.

Literacy
The primary focus of the literacy curriculum in Junior Kindergarten is the development of oral language and early literacy skills. Such early literacy skills include book/print knowledge, phonological/phonemic awareness, emergent writing, and alphabet knowledge. Junior kindergarten students explore, learn, and use language in ways that promote talking, reading, and writing. The junior kindergarten team utilizes a repertoire of instructional approaches that foster literacy development. They include read alouds, shared reading, modeled/shared/interactive writing, independent writing, storytelling, singing and rhyming, and guided play.

Through our partnership with Lesley University, Junior Kindergarten students have the opportunity to learn early literacy skills using several apps on the iPad.

Science
In the Junior Kindergarten social studies curriculum, students learn about the traditions, celebrations, and holidays of their peers. They explore current events and learn about famous American figures through read alouds and hands-on activities. In addition, students learn about the roles of community members. Students gain understanding that community members and families must cooperate and be responsible to solve problems.

Math
In Junior Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:

  • developing an understanding of whole numbers to 10, including concepts of one-to-one correspondence, counting, cardinality (the number of items in a set), and comparison; and
  • recognizing two-dimensional shapes, describing spatial relationships, and sorting and classifying objects by one or more attributes.
    Relatively more learning time should be devoted to developing children’s sense of number as quantity than to other mathematics topics.

Visit the District Math Department website to learn more >>

Social Studies
In the Junior Kindergarten social studies curriculum, students learn about the traditions, celebrations, and holidays of their peers. They explore current events and learn about famous American figures through read alouds and hands-on activities. In addition, students learn about the roles of community members. Students gain understanding that community members and families must cooperate and be responsible to solve problems.