Junior kindergarten is a time when children are making connections between what they know and what they are learning. As they leave the world of preschool and head towards kindergarten, children are learning to participate in routines, demonstrate ability to make decisions and plan ahead.
The Junior kindergarten curriculum at Heritage kids is designed to help children continue to make decisions on their own and in the classroom. We prepare three point eight – to – four point seven-year-old children for the next stage of their education while giving them a place to feel comfortable and safe to explore their interests.
Heritage kids create its junior kindergarten curriculum and programs standards that progress sequentially across six developmental domains. These include:
- Cognitive Development
- Creative Expression
- Executive Function
- Language and Literacy Development
- Physical Development and Wellness
- Social and Emotional Development
Our holistic approach in the Junior kindergarten classroom engages young minds with the early learning fundamentals they’ll need as they continue on to kindergarten, with a rich blend of skills, interests and a love of learning.
- Activities and lessons that help prepare your child for kindergarten and school success
- Small-group lessons focused on mathematics and literacy
- Whole-group activities that help your child build an awareness of others and a sense of community
- Hands-on experiences that encourage independent, creative learning
- Classroom activities and design features that help your child build literacy and numeracy skills
- Regular teacher-parent communication, including ways to connect your child’s learning at home
Our Learning Steps
Students know what they will learn.
Students experience through hands on activities and experimentation to understand their use and application in real life
Students explore the concept further through questions and answers.
Students use workbooks to apply and practice what they have learnt and improve their writing skills.
Students take periodic assessment that measure and give feed back in 3 key areas:
- Conceptual Understanding
- Applied Thinking and
- English Language and Comprehension
Discover how our Six areas of focus give your child endless opportunities to learn and grow.
We provide opportunities for your child to practice social and emotional skills
We use character-building activities to help identify emotions; have group discussions to practice sharing ideas, thoughts and feelings; and provide opportunities to cooperate, negotiate, problem-solve and make independent choices.
We prepare your child to reason and analyze
We encourage the use of the senses to explore different materials; create opportunities to ask and answer open-ended questions; experiment with spatial relationships; and promote an understanding of sequencing such as first, next and last.
We encourage your child to think and create
We provide numerous opportunities for your child to represent ideas through drawing and writing stories; invent unique dance moves; use props to dramatize stories; and express independent thinking and expression through art and music.
We help your child improve language skills
We use daily journal activities to practice writing skills; help your child’s early reading skills by connecting sounds to letters through picture and word collages; teach basic sight words in fun and engaging ways; and develop phonemic awareness through literacy-based games, books and puzzles.
We help your child refine motor skills
We use lacing cards, stencils and writing activities to enhance fine-motor skills; strengthen coordination and gross-motor skills through running, jumping and throwing activities; improve balancing skills using hula hoops and balance beams; and offer healthful food choices for snacks and meals.
We help them find the answers for themselves
We encourage your children to think through and solve problems by investigating, estimating and testing solutions; build daily outdoor activities into the schedule designed to get your child thinking and moving; and give your child many choices to participate in activities that interest and challenge them.