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Junior Kindergarten Program

The Path for Young 5-Year-Olds

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Children become familiar with the format and structure of a kindergarten school day, while developing critical skills to succeed in elementary school. Nationally recognized, award-winning early childhood curricula are featured, with kindergarten-level instruction in reading, writing, and math.

This classroom provides young 5-year-olds and older 4-year-olds with a strong focus on:

  • Following multi-step instructions
  • Finding multiple ways to solve problems
  • Organizing work
  • Controlling impulses and sustaining attention

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Curriculum & Developmental Benchmarks

In Junior kindergarten, learning experiences explore science, social studies, the arts, literacy, and math. Children enhance their skills with the help of award-winning, nationally recognized, research-based curricula, such as:

Literacy by Design: Featuring whole class interaction, differentiated small-group reading instruction, and independent learning activities, this consistent instructional path ensures seamless reciprocity between reading and writing. This curriculum is fully correlated to state standards and provides tools to inspire students through the art of active literacy.

McGraw-Hill Everyday Mathematics®: Developed by the University of Chicago School Mathematics Project and used by more than 4.3 million students, this program is widely considered the most trusted in the U.S. Research-based, field-tested strategies teach basic and conceptual thinking—resulting in lifelong mathematical power.

Handwriting Without Tears®: This unique program—developed by occupational therapists—helps children learn how to form letters, with the goal of making handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students. Research has shown this program improves letter size, spacing, and overall legibility.

We help children develop kindergarten-level skills, without expecting mastery. Five important benchmarks are used to guide their development:

Language & Literacy

Name all the letters of the alphabet, upper and lowercase; puts sounds together to make short words.


Use concrete materials to solve problems; count to find out how many in a group up to 10.

Science & Social Studies

Demonstrates and uses terms related to location, direction, and distance.

Self-Help & Social Skills

Show the ability to compromise in a conflict resolution; ask questions to find out about topics presented in the classroom.

Physical & Creative Development

The ability to climb up and down stairs with alternating feet; draw representations of human and animal figures.

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