1281 Redmond Avenue, San Jose, CA 95120 Phone (408) 997-4846
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Junior Kindergarten Program

The Junior Kindergarten program is a blend of academics and developmental activities.

The reading-language arts program used for the Junior Kindergarten is one that lays the foundation for a child’s understanding of letters. The child learns about the alphabet; the letter names, how to write the letters, what sounds the letters represent, and what function the letters serve as their sounds are blended to form words. All 26 letters of the alphabet are introduced, including the short and long vowel sounds. We will supplement teacher directed phonics materials in structured daily lesson plans that keep students engaged. Direct instruction and activities in listening, rhyming, segmenting, understanding, and phonemic awareness will be integrated into the class curriculum.

Math is introduced through graphing activities and estimation. Math is related to real life experiences as children count together classmates, snack items, and art/craft materials that they themselves may need to count out before beginning a project. The calendar is used daily, teaching by rote. Counting, numeral recognition, and the concept of time are discussed daily during circle time.

The Junior Kindergarten program uses Scholastics’ Lets Find Out curriculum which is filled with science and social studies themes. The activity pages build skills like mapping, sequencing, observing, counting, matching, and much more. The skills pages build critical math and literacy skills. Vocabulary, print awareness, and phonics skills are nurtured throughout the entire program.

The daily schedule may consist of academic lessons, open manipulative play, arts/crafts, circle time (story, calendar, music and singing), cooking and large motor play outside. There is a weekly 15 minute chapel time held in the church and a 15 minute music and movement lesson taught by the music teacher.

We strive to maintain a balance in every area of our program. Our hope is that each individual child is exposed to a healthy learning environment that creates self-confidence in oneself.

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