Student ownership of the learning experience is a key component of the Junior Kindergarten program. Based on student interests, curricular activities are planned to incorporate opportunities to reinforce the curriculum expectations. There is a strong emphasis placed on the social/emotional aspect of each student’s learning profile in order to foster a prosocial and supportive learning environment for all. Activities are hands-on whenever possible and designed to allow for a high degree of collaboration, sharing of ideas, and mutual support. The specials teachers often integrate the current theme into their programs.
Each morning, the students enter the classroom being greeted by a morning message that reflects the topic of study. This message is often discussed at the Morning Meeting as part of our Responsive Classroom approach. Students are encouraged to share their thoughts and feelings regarding their own particular areas of expertise/affinities whenever appropriate whether at morning meetings or throughout the course of the school day.
The following list represents year-end benchmark goals for Junior Kindergarten students. We acknowledge that some students have capabilities of going well beyond these basic expectations. In keeping with high expectations and differentiation, we can strive to meet the range of all abilities and needs.