Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Pearson Education Publishers; Zoophonics; Spectrum Phonics.
Students in our Junior Kindergarten program are offered instruction in reading readiness. Phonemic awareness is stressed, along with alphabet knowledge, oral vocabulary and story comprehension. Literacy circles are used to give our young learners time to play with words, sounds and letters.
Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Pearson Education Publishers; Zaner-Bloser Handwriting.
Everyday OWL begins with a meet and greet time. Students are provided an opportunity to share ideas, develop ideas and explore how written language works. Students are introduced to a rich vocabulary through: concept words, amazing words and academic vocabulary. Singing and movement are incorporated into the curriculum to make learning an enjoyable experience.
Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Pearson Education Publishers; Common Core Progress Math; Sadlier School
Our students are immersed in to the world of Math. It is everywhere in their environment. They will count, analyze data, measure, complete patterns and learn about geometry. The focus on math is purposeful and meaningful to their world. Math circles and center activities assist our students in developing the math concepts and vocabulary they will need throughout their entire school years.
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The Junior Kindergarten student begins to become more aware of their surroundings. They begin to comprehend their place in the world and study how this effects their development. Unit themes include: geography, communities, citizenship, and simple economics. Fostering these skills will help our students become contributing members of society.
Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Pearson Education Publishers
Science begins with the teacher demonstrating a simple science concept. The activities are then designed around these concepts to help our students observe, identify, categorize and describe as they learn. Students experience life science, earth and space, physical science and health and safety.
- Science – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, incorporating Science, Technology, and Engineering utilizing lab experiments, planting, gardening, and learning about the world around them.
- Technology – Focus on project-based experiences incorporating technology with engineering and science and utilizing typing programs.
Classroom iPads and AppleTV/projectors used to enhance curriculum and reinforce skills
- Engineering – Practical, hands-on design and construction with a variety of materials, such as, but not limited to, Legos, Magnet Tiles, Blocks, K’Nex, Connectors, and Lincoln Logs.
- Arts – The visual arts curriculum challenges and encourages students to actively participate in the arts. Students develop an appreciation for artistic representation that they create, in addition to the pieces their classmates create. Specific instruction occurs in color, texture, design and spatial relations. Our music curriculum develops a general knowledge of music vocabulary, movement, beat, interpretation and rhythm which allows students to develop sensitivity to musical experiences.
- Mathematics – Focus on hands-on activities to promote collaboration and cooperation, using manipulatives, sorters, counters, and various other classroom materials to supplement the adopted grade level curriculum. Individualized computer math program for each student to assist with students’ working memory of math facts.
- Physical education instruction is used to develop large muscle skills, awareness of one’s own body and cooperative play skills. Children may also participate in additional after school activities.
- The development of skills in Junior Kindergarten is reflected in the year’s collection of: Progress Reports, Weekly Folders and Report Cards, provided to parents throughout the Junior Kindergarten year.