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Junior Kindergarten Program

Where Young 5-Year-Olds Find Their Path

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Adjusting to the routines of a kindergarten school day is an essential skill for children entering elementary school. In this program, children have kindergarten-level learning experiences in reading, writing, and math that are presented using nationally recognized, award-winning curricula.

This classroom provides young 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds with a strong focus on:

  • Following multi-step instructions
  • Finding multiple ways to solve problems
  • Organizing work
  • Controlling impulses and sustaining attention

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Curriculum & Developmental Benchmarks

Junior kindergarten offers comprehensive learning experiences in science, social studies, the arts, literacy, and math, highlighted by these nationally recognized, award-winning, research-based curricula:

Literacy by Design: Highlighted by large class and small-group instruction, plus independent reading experiences, this curriculum ensures a seamless reciprocity between reading and writing. Fully correlated to state standards, this program inspires students with the art of active literacy.

McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Children develop lifelong mathematical power, through studying research-based and field-tested strategies that teach basic and conceptual math thinking. Used by 4.3 million students across the country, this curriculum was developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project.

Handwriting Without Tears®: As children learn the proper formation of letters, handwriting becomes an easy and automatic skill, while the program improves their spacing, letter size, and overall eligibility. This unique program was developed for children by occupational therapists.

In this classroom, children work to develop kindergarten-level skills, without the expectation of mastery. Their development is tracked across five important benchmarks:

Language & Literacy

The ability to name the letters in the alphabet, upper- and lowercase; the ability to assemble sounds in order to make short words.


The ability to solve problems with the use of concrete materials to solve problems; the ability to count out how many in a group up to 10.

Science & Social Studies

The ability to demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and to use terms that are related to location, direction, and distance.

Self-Help & Social Skills

The ability to demonstrate compromise in resolving conflicts; the ability to question in order to learn more about topics shared in the classroom.

Physical and Creative Development

The ability to use alternating feet when climbing up or down stairs; the ability to draw representations of human and animal figures.

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