Junior Kindergarten is designed for children who are preparing for kindergarten. Some of the children may be eligible for kindergarten but are given the “gift of time” to grow in their social and emotional development.
There are 2 classes that meet 5 days a week. One class meets from 9:00am – 12:00pm, Monday – Friday from September through December. One class meets from 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday – Thursday and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday, from September through December.
Beginning in January both JK classes meet from 9:00am – 2:00pm, Monday through Thursday, and 9:00am – 12:00pm on Friday.
Our Junior Kindergarten children are provided time and space to become independent and confident learners. Children view themselves as writers, artists, architects, mathematicians, scientists, and explorers. Given the freedom to make decisions and choices, each child discovers his / her value and learns the importance of his/her contributions to the classroom community.
Our inquiry-based approach provides daily:
During the afternoon, JK children are provided additional time to revisit and explore their ideas and questions which become the springboard for new projects.
|9:00 - 9:30am||Arrival, put away bags and folders, journals and Math Tubs|
|9:30 - 9:45am||Morning meeting to discuss daily activities, math featuring 100th day|
|9:40 - 11:00am||Investigations (art, housekeeping, science, blocks) and snack|
|11:00 - 11:30am||Group Time - Literacy Exploration|
|11:40am - 12:10pm||Resources - Music, Library, “Pop, Hop and Rock” or outside play, Chapel|
|12:10 - 12:40pm||Lunch|
|12:40 - 1:30pm||Investigations (indoors or outdoors - Nature Trail)|
|1:30 - 2:00pm||Outdoor play|
Come join the summer fun! St. Mary’s Preschool offers two weeks of summer camp for children ages 3-6.