Junior Kindergarten

The Junior Kindergarten program at Christ Church Day School was created in the fall of 2009 to meet an educational need for children who may qualify chronologically for a traditional Kindergarten program, but upon assessment and review, are recognized to need more time developmentally before beginning a formal Kindergarten. These children have typically completed a preschool program for 3 and 4 year-olds, but may need more time to develop gross or fine motor skills, self-confidence, or socialization skills. We believe in the gift of time. 

The JK program is taught in a small class setting by a certified teacher and a teacher’s aide. This setting allows many opportunities for small group and one-on-one learning. Daily lessons and activities encourage creative expression, exploration and skill development.

The program is varied and is dependent on the students themselves, as learning is adapted to meet each child's needs and skill levels. Time is spent developing language, gross and fine motor skills, and math and science concepts. The classroom is academically integrated and literature rich. Stories, songs, poetry, and the children’s words, drawings, and writings are all incorporated into the learning environment. Time is also given for spiritual growth, both in the classroom and at Chapel. The JK children attend Chapel along with the rest of the student body once a week.
 
The JK classroom is a community built on respect. The children are encouraged to express themselves and to listen to one another, especially when conflicts arise. Problem-solving skills and good sportsmanship are taught in a loving and nurturing environment. Activities that develop the students' speaking skills are also part of the daily routine. The children recite poetry, learn songs together, and take turns speaking or sharing in front of the class. All of these activities promote social and academic growth and self-confidence.