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Junior Class Description




  • 3 day a week developmentally appropriate program aimed at school readiness and social and spiritual development
  • Teacher to student ratio of 1:7
  • Classes offered M/T/TH 8:00-11:00AM OR 12:15-3:15PM

Typical Junior Class schedule

8:00 AM-8:15 / 12:15-12:30 PM   Settling In Time

Children arrive.  They choose from a variety of independent activities, enabling the teacher to welcome students, briefly meet with parents, and handle any drop-off concerns.  The assistant teacher will support children and teacher.

8:15-8:25 / 12:30-12:40            Clean Up Time

Children assist teachers in putting materials away and then meet on their carpet squares.

8:25-8:40 / 12:40-12:55            Circle Time

Teacher leads whole class in:

  • Hello song and prayer
  • Calendar activities (counting, days of week, weather)
  • Movement song / fingerplay/ story / theme-related activity

The teacher explains the learning center choices and each child shares their plan for how/where they would like to start center time.

8:40-9:40 / 12:55-1:55             Learning Center Time

Children choose from among these centers:

  • Block center                             **students will work with Motor Moms &Dads on
  • Sensory/”touching” table         their scheduled day
  • Art center
  • Teacher table
  • Activity table
  • Writing center
  • Book corner
  • Listening center

9:40-9:50 / 1:55-2:05                      Clean Up Time

Children assist teachers in putting materials away.

9:50-10:00 / 2:05-2:15             Bathroom Break

Whole class uses bathroom and washes hands for snack.

10:00-10:20 / 2:15-2:35            Snack Time

Children and teachers share a healthy snack and conversation.  All help to clean up.

10:20-10:30 / 2:35-2:45            Story Time

Teacher reads a book to whole class.

10:30-10:50 / 2:45-3:05            Gross Motor Time

Students play outdoors, weather permitting.  If outdoor play is not possible, students will use the indoor play equipment or participate in other movement activities.

10:50-10:55 / 3:05-3:10            Religion

Teacher leads children in Bible story, songs and/or fingerplays.

10:55-11:00 / 3:10-3:15            Goodbye Meeting & Dismissal

Goodbye prayer and goodbye song