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Junior Kindergarten: Four Year Old Program

Before being placed in our Junior Kindergarten Program children must be four years old and be completely independent in regards to eating, clothing themselves and using the potty. As part of this program children must understand how to take turns most of the time, understand and accept most directions when given, and maintain personal care. Children also may not require one-to-one supervision. 

This class has a staff to child ratio of 1:10.

A typical day would include:


Circle Time: Circle time is used as a structured way to mark the beginning of our educational day. During circle time, students will be engaged through song, dance and various other learning tools. Circle time covers subject areas such as the pledge of allegiance, calendar, name recognition, shape and color recognition, counting skills, language and literacy skills, and introduces the topic for the day and/or week.

Morning Activities: A four-year-old's morning is spent learning and exploring. Our junior kindergarteners are encouraged to grow and learn in an environment that is structured to best prepare them for kindergarten and changes according to their developmental level. Morning activities range from whole group time, small group time, reading books, free play during centers, music, sensory and gross motor activities, art projects and interaction with other students.

Mealtimes: Students have scheduled meal times in this classroom. We provide breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack and an evening snack. During each meal, we promote independence as students serve and feed themselves in family style dining. 

Nap Time: Throughout the school year, our junior kindergarten class will rest for two hours a day.

Throughout the Summer, the class will slowly begin to wean children off of nap time to help prepare them for kindergarten.

Bible: While children will be attending chapel once a week, they will spend a part of each day participating in a bible lesson where they will build character qualities, experience biblical scripture, songs, verses and words of encouragement. Each program features a different bible story or theme and key bible verses that will help our students learn valuable life lessons and skills.

Afternoon Activities: A four-year-old's day continues with additional learning and play time. Afternoon activities range from small group time, reading books, free play during centers, music, sensory and gross motor activities, and interaction with other students.


Junior Kindergarten Graduation: At the end of each school year, our Junior Kindergarten class will graduate from JK to Kindergarten! Children must be starting Kindergarten in the Fall of the upcoming school year in order to graduate.

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