The Junior Kindergarten Program is play-based, and includes a mix of learning experiences that will develop students’ social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills while expanding their knowledge of the world in which they live.
Junior Kindergarten at Meadowridge comes to life through play-based learning: it influences pedagogy, educational practices, and the student experience.
Through play, our early learners develop socialization, problem-solving, language, and creativity skills. Structured and guided play allows for children to build the early foundations in literacy, numeracy, and scientific thinking. As children try out new experiences, they master fine and gross motor skills, too!
What is learning through inquiry? Inquiry is an approach to learning that encourages students to ask questions, discover answers, and inspire action. It integrates Language Arts, Social Studies, Science and Fine Arts.
A Typical Day in Junior Kindergarten
Look below to learn about a day in Junior Kindergarten
- Morning Greeting
- Inquiry Time
- Organized Art Learning Centres
- Snack Time
- Outdoor Play
- Lunch Time
- Learning Centres
- Clean Up Time
- Routine Time
All our students start the day with a handshake and warm welcome to the school day, even our youngest learners. We believe that this small detail starts the day of in a positive way while creating a welcoming atmosphere. For our Junior Kindergarten students this also teaches them handshaking and eye contact skills.
During Inquiry time, students work with their peers in structure play, learning important social skills like listening, speaking, sharing, and cooperating. They ask questions to further their knowledge, and build confidence to share their ideas and thoughts. Students learn concepts from subject areas through music and movement, songs and stories, play and planned lessons.
Organized Art Learning Centres
Daily art time is structured to connect with the inquiry discussions from circle time. The activities are open-ended, and students are invited to try out a mix of different materials and tools. Students develop hand-eye coordination, creativity, and imagination, while learning pre-writing, social, and linguistic skills.
Junior Kindergarten students play outside twice a day in all weather. Outdoor play has a positive impact on the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical well-being of our early learners: the more they move, the more their brains grow and develop! This is a time for open-ended exploration and to enhance development of their senses.
There are plenty of books to choose from in the Junior Kindergarten classroom; books and readings of all types – fiction, non-fiction, plays, and songs – are available and reflect the current unit of inquiry. Stories are read during transitional times throughout the day or when a child or small group requests it. Students visit the library on a weekly basis for story time with our teacher-librarian, and students are encouraged to take home books to share with their families.
Play is the highest form of research Albert Einstien
The Junior Kindergarten curriculum is organized into four units of inquiry:
- Who we are
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- Sharing the planet