As part of our two-year Kindergarten program we offer a
Transitional Kindergarten classroom also known as Junior Kindergarten. One teacher and a full time aide lead our 16
youngest students in their Junior Kindergarten year. Aged five by December 1,
these youngsters experience social and academic growth as part of a loving and
gentle community. The Junior
Kindergarten curriculum mimics that of Kindergarten but with more transition
time between tasks as well as a more flexible daily schedule. Sometimes referred to as “the gift of a
year”, Junior Kindergarten offers many opportunities to be challenged on a daily
basis through Language Arts, math, Art and play time and exposure to Spanish,
Computers and Music.
Students five years old by September 1 may enter Kindergarten.
Guided by two teachers and a full time aide, our Kindergarteners thrive in a
hands-on curriculum that focuses on individual development. Stories, poetry,
songs and class discussions are a part of a Language Arts Curriculum that
includes the introduction to writing centers, letter books, dictation, and
instruction ensures successful development of math skills: numeration, patterns
and functions, time, money, and measurement. Science is explored through field
trips and class projects, including growing vegetables in Saint Hilary’s Secret
Garden. Kindergarteners begin Spanish classes, are introduced to computers, and
participate in a strong physical education program. Children study rudimentary
music with a focus on rhythm and movement, and participate in school concerts
and assemblies. This early exposure to performing in front of a supportive
school-wide audience is an introduction to the public speaking core curriculum
encouraging poise and self-confidence.
Students study religion through prayer, church attendance, and a course
study based on God’s love and the development of compassion and respect for
self and others.