If your child is 4 years old by September 30th you are eligible to apply to our Junior Kindergarten program.  Please find answers to your questions here JK – FAQ.

Saint Bridget School Junior Kindergarten is committed to the spiritual, emotional, cognitive development of each child in a nurturing Catholic environment.  A child-centered curriculum supports the discovery of knowledge through exploration and experimentation while focusing on the interests, abilities, and needs of each child.  Multi-sensory activities enhance developmental growth, encourage natural curiosity, and seek to foster a joy of learning.

Curriculum

Religion

Our religion program provides experiences to foster the Catholic ideals, knowledge, understanding, and above all, build the firm foundations of faith and an earnest love of God. JK students learn how to respect, interact with, and care for others. They also recognize and recite prayers and in January, begin participating in weekly Mass and monthly all-school prayer services.

Language Arts Wilson Foundations

Students participate in whole group lessons about letter identification, sounds, formation, and handwriting. Students then work on letter activities including:

  • Small group work
  • Letter projects
  • Language Arts Centers

Students are also exposed to many different types of literature. They listen to, respond to, and interact with various texts to develop a love and readiness for reading.

Math: Everyday Math 

Students receive whole group instruction and then are given independent practice time to practice math concepts independently while teachers provide focused instruction to individuals and small groups  Our math program contains a variety of manipulatives, such as unifix cubes, teddy bear counters, pattern blocks, etc. for hands-on learning to motivate and engage the children.

The following skills are taught:

  • Number Patterns
  • Patterns
  • Numbers 0-20
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Estimation
  • Patterns and Sorting

Science:

Students will establish an understanding of God’s place and love for His creation of planet earth. The students will be learning about physical science, earth science, and life science as well as participating in hands-on learning experiences and experiments.

The following concepts will be taught this year:

  • Weather
  • Seasons
  • Characteristics of living things
  • Five Senses
  • Animal characteristics
  • Physical properties
  • Health and Nutrition

Technology:  Integrated into the classroom through the use of iPads, computers, Smart Board, and a listening station. Technology is utilized as an instructional tool for whole group lessons in all subject areas and for a small group or independent student work.

Art, Music and PE:  Students participate in these classes once a week.

World Languages:  Students take year-long classes in French and Spanish.

Recess:  Students have two thirty minute recesses each day. One recess is in the morning and the other is in the afternoon.

Assessments: As teachers, we will observe and evaluate the children’s performance in language arts, reading, math, and handwriting.

  • Daily work
  • Small group work
  • Teacher assessments
  • Literacy/math stations
  • Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)
  • Report Card: every 9 weeks

Special activities:

  • Grandparents’ Day
  • Polar Express Day
  • Easter Egg Hunt
  • Valentine’s tea party with Mom
  • Danishes with Dad
  • Book Buddy: Meet weekly with fourth-grade reading buddy
  • Mass Buddy: Attend school-wide Mass & prayer services with 7th graders as role models of our faith and have monthly lessons together.

 Field trips:

  • Pumpkin Patch field trip
  • Children’s Museum field trip
  • Zoo field trip