With the change in the cutoff date in the Commonwealth of Kentucky for Kindergarten admittance combined with increased academic expectations during the Kindergarten year, SCS offers Junior Kindergarten. This year can be utilized as a third year of preschool or a transitional Kindergarten year for students who would benefit from one more year before formal schooling begins. Junior Kindergarten at SCS will reinforce the basic skills, work habits, and attitudes that are of crucial importance during the primary years using the complete Junior Kindergarten curriculum published by Memoria Press.
Phonics and Pre-Reading
Learning the alphabet is the critical first step in learning how to read. The Alphabet Book from Memoria Press teaches letter recognition, letter formation, and pencil grip, as well as introduces initial and ending sounds. Taught in a two-part series, Junior Kindergarten students receive a gentle introduction to phonics.
Students will practice proper number formation, basic counting to 20, number sense concepts such as more and less, and many other early math skills. Junior Kindergarten utilizes early childhood math texts published by Memoria Press.
Classic picture books chosen for their beauty in prose and illustration are read aloud and discussed each week in Junior Kindergarten. Poetry books delight the children and continue to expose the early learner to quality literature.
Bible and Crafts
Students will read through the Bible with their Junior Kindergarten teacher. They will also complete weekly crafts which continue to develop cutting and other fine motor skills.
Physical Education and Snack Time
Students are given 25 minute each day to play on the playground or in the gymnasium. SCS provides snacks for Junior Kindergarten students each morning.