Junior Kindergarten Program
About the Junior Kindergarten program
Our teaching team strives to weave the Reggio Emilia approach to Early Childhood Education throughout our content areas for this very unique program offering Half Day or Full Day. The Reggio approach is known for its small-group work, integrated projects, and hands-on learning, often with natural and recycled materials. The school is built on a foundation of great educational thinkers and the philosophy of the world class Reggio Emilia schools in Reggio, Italy. Such programming is based on the belief that children and young people are powerful learners who think reflectively and who collaborate with one another as they ask good questions, explore their worlds, build problem-solving skills and develop creative skills for twenty-first century careers.
In such a learning environment, the individual strengths and needs of students of all ages will become well known by the staff, enabling them to support and guide each child's unique learning patterns and passions.
TerraNichol Academy of the Arts offers hands on exploratory junior kindergarten program. Students engage in math, science, literacy, and social skills through creative, meaningful activities. Learning takes on a more organic approach as teachers build off of each student’s interests and needs. While respecting the expectations set by the Department of Education curriculum is introduced with a creative, fun, and developmentally appropriate approach. The activities are centered around a common theme creating a cross-curriculum approach to learning. Students also have the opportunity to expand knowledge of arts and music through our unique enrichment classes including art appreciation and music appreciation, Zumba, creative movement, Spanish, Italian, yoga, gymnastics, martial arts, drama, and culinary arts. We feel it is essential to have small work groups. Our classroom ratio for Junior Kindergarten is 1:12.
Waste Free Lunch Program: Students will pack a waste free healthy organic lunch and will engage in a family style lunch experience with their school family. Students will participate in table manners, setting up their lunch space, eating healthy, composting lunch scraps, and recycling any materials in lunch box. Lunches will include cloth placemat, cloth napkin; reusable containers that students can open on their own, stainless steel drink cup, and utensils.
The Reggio Emilia Approach at TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Preschool chronicling the Early Educational Process: Documenting a child's unique educational experience is a pivotal part of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. This aids the teacher in keeping track of a child’s development and ensures the curriculum in is line with their individual needs. It gives the child a reference so they can more fully experience and appreciate their own growth. Parents are able to visually follow their child’s development, allowing for a more productive collaboration with teachers. At TerraNichol Academy Of The Arts Preschool we take videos and pictures to capture special moments as your child grows and flourishes. We have a weekly blog, offering tons of detail for a busy parent who wants to get a bird’s eye view to their child’s week.
Children Are Empowered in the Early Educational Process
The Reggio Emilia approach to early education enables children to cultivate and value their own voice. Although TerraNichol Academy of The Arts Preschool offers a structured curriculum, there is plenty of room for self-awareness and appreciation, allowing the educational process to be driven by the child’s individual inclinations. The day often begins with the questions, “What do you want to create today?” “What is your plan for the day?” or “What are you interested in this morning?” Teachers are constantly altering the learning process to cater to what the individual child wants or needs to learn about.
A Community Based Around Your Child’s Early Education
The people that surround your child have strong influence over how they relate to themselves and the world around them. A supportive community is required for children to truly develop their own voice. The Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education makes teachers; parents and children equal partners in the learning process, creating a strong community revolved around your child’s success. At TerraNichol Academy Of The Arts Preschool, parents are highly involved.
School Schedule: Junior Kindergarten Program at TerraNichol Academy of The Arts.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 1:00p.m.
3 Part Day program
5 Part Day program
Monday Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30p.m.
3 Full Day Program
5 Full Day Program