Junior kindergarten is a five-day program (8:25 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.) with the option of after school or enrichment courses.
Play continues to be a strong focus in the junior kindergarten, as students work together to find more complex solutions using advanced language skills. Junior kindergarten students are also introduced to more defined units of study that require research through literature, scientific exploration, field trips, and art and cooking projects. The Letter of the Week study is a highlight of this year and includes hands-on and exploratory projects. The teachers capitalize on the students’ innate interest in learning about the world around them to help them learn how to learn.
Junior kindergarten students enjoy special subject classes such as secondary language (French, Spanish or Mandarin Chinese), studio art, music using the Kodály style of teaching, greenhouse, movement and library. Students also participate in daily recess on our rooftop playdeck.
Four- and 5-year-old children learn by doing. We try to engage our students in as many hands-on activities as we can, allowing children to physically test out their ideas about the world and witness the results in concrete form. ”Alesia Harder, Junior Kindergarten Teacher, Faculty Since 1996
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