Junior Kindergarten 3
The Junior Kindergarten program for three year olds at Oak Hill is carefully and thoughtfully designed to personalize the early learning experiences of each child. The children are appreciated for their individuality, and through joyful and meaningful experiences they develop an awareness of their unique gifts and talents. As we build upon the natural curiosity and enthusiasm that is inherent in young children, our curriculum is planned to inspire a life-long love of learning. Our goal is to develop a challenging, supportive, exciting, and nurturing environment that will promote the realization of each child’s spiritual, intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative potential. Through the loving guidance of dedicated educators, the children will learn to experience the joy of God’s world around them, and value and appreciate themselves as “Children of the Sacred Heart.” We will help them develop the self-assurance and readiness to prepare them for success in the strong and wholesome educational program which is at the heart of Oak Hill.
Each month, the class focuses on a selection of classic children’s literature and the theme for activities is a multidisciplinary unit relating to the story.
September: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
October: Owl Babies
November: The Little Red Hen
December: Christmas in the Barn
January: The Mitten
February: Goodnight Moon
March: Peter Rabbit
April: Chickens Aren’t the Only Ones
May: The Tiny Seed
In November, fathers are invited to visit the classroom to learn all about life in Junior Kindergarten and work on a special project together with their child. The project has a theme each year that encourages collaboration between children and their dads.
The children participate in a special celebration of Thanksgiving with the JK 4 classes. Parents are invited to attend the program and enjoy goûter (a special snack) with their child. Each family contributes a special recipe to be included in an Oak Hill Early Childhood Cookbook.
In December, mothers are invited to our classroom to join in the festivities of the Christmas season. Treats are baked and a special Nativity project created. This is a fun morning of Christmas cheer!
Junior Kindergarten children participate in a simple Christmas singing program with the JK 4 classes. This activity takes place before the Christmas break and families are invited to attend.
Birthright Service Project
Children are asked to contribute a layette item for Birthright Counseling in January. This is an Apostolic Work in keeping with Goal III. The children will participate in a procession with their Birthright gifts at a special Pro-Life liturgy. Parents are welcome to attend.
Mothers and Grandmothers are invited to a prayer service in the chapel to honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This is followed by a picnic lunch on campus.
Junior Kindergarten participate in the Opening Ceremony and traditions of Field Day. Afterwards, they go to their Duchesne Building Playground for some fun games, tug of war, and play with their classmates and parents. A barbecue concludes the morning for students and their families.