Jr. Kindergarten

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Extended Care Program

CLASSROOM OVERVIEW

General Information:

Mission Hills Christian School junior kindergarteners begin each day with pledges, prayers, calendar overview, and Bible. They continue their morning enjoying music and movement instruction, followed by a variety of tabletop and center activities that incorporate phonics, math, science, and social science instruction. On various days of the week, physical education, music, library, and chapel are also included. Their school time concludes each day with prayer. Mission Hills is fully accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). All JK teachers are Christians and have training in early childhood education.

SPIRITUAL & SOCIAL

Bible:

  • 20 minutes, 4 days per week (3 days for 3-day JK)
  • Emphasis on studying Bible stories from both the Old and New Testaments, especially fruits of the Spirit and character traits.
  • Emphasis on encouraging Bible reading and memorization. Students memorize and recite different Bible verses. Children are taught that the Bible reveals God’s plan for living wisely and righteously and learn how to apply Bible truths to their everyday lives.
  • Textbook: The Beginner’s Bible (Zondervan)

Chapel:

  • Chapel each week with worship and message

Social:

  • Emphasis on Christian character development and biblical conflict resolution. Each month a different character trait is highlighted throughout the school and across the curriculum. Students are encouraged to incorporate this character trait into their daily lives and acknowledge it in others.
  • Focus on introducing students to a structured classroom setting, encouraging good classroom and playground behavior, developing study habits, as well as instilling academic and social responsibilities that will serve students through their school years and beyond.


ACADEMIC

Mathematics:

  • 20 minutes, 5 days per week (3 days for 3-day JK)
  • Emphasis is on teaching students the basics of numbers – counting, recognition, and value. They also study colors, shapes, and patterns.
  • Emphasis on learning in a fun, active environment through the use of movement with “Shakin’ Shapes” and “Jumping Numbers.”
  • Textbooks: I Know How to Count and Write (ACSI), Handwriting Without Tears (5-day JK)

Language Arts & Reading:

  • 20 minutes, 5 days per week (3 days for 3-day JK)
  • Emphasis on letter recognition, phonics, and introductory reading. Students also study oral language through classification, rhyming words, and opposites.
  • Development of penmanship through proper pencil grip and writing posture. Students learn the formation of upper case manuscript letters, numerals from zero to ten, and their first names.
  • Special Activities: Field trips to Captain Carl, Present City, Post Office, and a Park Day
  • Textbooks: Scholastic Big Day JK, Zoophonics, My First Writing Prompts Journal, Handwriting Without Tears

Science & Health:

  • 2 days per week
  • Emphasis on the study of seasons, weather, personal hygiene, safety, and manners.
  • Emphasis on making the bridge from home to school and on developing self-help skills.
  • Encouragement of positive behavior through “Saint Awards” – awards given out in front of peers to recognize and reward exceptional behavior at home and school.

Social Science:

  • 2 days per week
  • Emphasis on introducing the students to the social relationships within the family, the classroom, and the local community. Patriotism is introduced as students learn about the United States. Major holidays are introduced with emphasis on Christian values.
  • Integrated, cross-curricular emphasis on community helpers and servanthood.
  • Special Activities: School-wide lemonade stand

ENRICHMENT

Physical Education:

  • 1 day a week students participate in a variety of cardiovascular and strength building exercises. Throughout the year students play various games and activities to learn body awareness and basic movement skills including hopping, galloping, and skipping. Students are tested in the following basic motor skills each quarter: balance, jumping rope, skipping, and catching a ball.

Music:

  • Emphasis on keeping a steady beat, rote rhyme and song learning, and recognizing the musical elements of tone, duration, and pitch.
  • Music in JK through 6th grade is taught by an Orff-Schuwerk certified instructor who incorporates her training into the curriculum at every grade level. The Orff-Schuwerk method integrates speech and singing, body percussion, recorder, unpitched and pitched percussion, and movement.
  • Students are taught the “Brain Dance” which is based on developmental movement patterns that are believed to wire the central nervous system so that the brain can operate at its full potential.

Art:

  • A hands-on program that introduces students to the great artists and their work. Students engage in creative expression by painting their own masterpieces using the techniques of the masters.