The Junior Kindergarten Class is for children who have turned 3 years old by September 1st of the school year and is designed to facilitate the young junior kindergarten child’s imagination, curiosity, and peer- relationships while supporting the older junior kindergarten child’s early academic, social-emotional, and creative skills. The class will have a maximum of 20 children and 3 teachers.
The class focuses on supporting the 3 year old’s increased independence along with their desire to work and play with others. Every day, children have the opportunity to engage in playful and hands-on experiences that support a child’s sense natural curiosity as they engage in art, dramatic play, block exploration, science investigation, games, and more. Through these daily experiences, the children build their language, their cognition, and their relationships with others.
The class also focuses on supporting the 4 year old’s desire to learn and create. Daily experiences are created so that children can construct their own understanding of the world, talk about their understanding of the world with peers and teachers, and practice this understanding in small groups as they look at focused strategies in early literacy and math.
In the Junior Kindergarten class writing, reading, and math experiences are authentic and focused around helping the children build the underlying foundation that set the stage for deep understanding of the subjects. Children, for example, can be seen writing their names on a clipboard as they wait their turn for a material, drawing in their science notebook as they make observations of ladybugs, developing their spatial awareness as they consider which block would fit best in a structure, and building their number sense as they set the table with enough plates for all the children to eat lunch.
Every day, the children also visit our large, indoor playground where they are invited to climb, run, slide, swing, and build the gross motor skills that are central to their larger development.
We understand the importance of helping the Junior Kindergarten children develop a positive self-concept by increasing their independence. Children in the Junior Kindergarten class are given age-appropriate responsibilities such as setting the table for meals and serving their own food, helping prepare their items for rest time, maintaining the classroom environment, and taking care of classroom pets.
The junior kindergarten program at Creative Scholars is designed to support the child’s intellect, creativity, and ability to work with others that will help them become innovative, considerate, and engaged individuals ready to enter kindergarten with confidence.
Snacks and an organic lunch are included in the cost of tuition.
The Junior Kindergarten classroom features a large science area that provides inquisitive children with many opportunities to investigate science ideas. There is always something interesting awaiting discovery in this area. From observing ladybug larva grow and change, to cutting apart tulip bulbs, to making observational drawings of specimens from the field museum, children are able to become scientists as they discover the properties of their world.
The children in this room learn about mathematical ideas by using math in their daily play and activities. They use classroom dice to decide how many turns a person can take while jumping on a trampoline or how many blocks they can take for their building. They use math to help them count spaces on a board game or to determine how many napkins they need so that everyone gets one at lunch. In the Junior Kindergarten classroom, the language of math is all around as the children and teachers navigate spatial ideas, knowledge of shapes and patterns, and more.
Literacy is a social experience in the Junior Kindergarten class. The children use writing materials to tell their teacher they are in school each day, to help determine who can go next in certain activities, and to make notes for their classmates and family. The children play with letters as they come to recognize their own and others’ names and experiment with the ways in which we write and use letters and words.
The block area is always a busy area in the classroom. Here, the children are building an understanding of space, quantity, and number sense as they construct various structures. They also experiment with design and intention. To support the children’s independence, signs are created that allow the children to keep structures up if they are not complete. This gives the children time to continue with plans at a later time even if it is time to move on to a different activity.
The dramatic play area in the Junior Kindergarten classroom is designed to support the children’s imaginations and understanding of the many roles that people have in the world. This area provides the children with many opportunities to practice their social interactions as they work together to decide who will be the doctor and who will be the patient or who will be the mother and who will be the baby.