The purpose of the SCS Jr. Kindergarten is to assist families by providing a program that gives pre-school-aged children the opportunity for social interaction, a caring and loving learning atmosphere and academic exposure in a Christian environment.
The half-day sessions (8:30 AM -12:00 noon) are available as follows: Tuesday and Thursday for JK-3 and an option of Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Monday to Friday for JK-4. JK-3 offers a themed approach with a new theme each month and a weekly letter and number to focus on. JK-4 offers instruction in reading readiness, social development and personal development. The curriculum includes A Beka’s: “ABC-123” for phonics and number skills; “Readiness Skills K-4”, which provides practice in fine motor skills such as cutting a straight line, colouring, etc.; “ABC Writing Tablet” for beginning practice in letter formation; and A Beka Bible (Character Development). This curriculum introduces and develops the following:
- Recognition of letters and sounds
- Early writing skills
- Eye-hand coordination
- Sharpening of listening skills
- Following directions
- Simple counting 1-30
- Number concepts
- Reading of three-letter words
- Thinking and reasoning skills
- Concepts including shapes, pairs, sequence of events, awareness of environment through senses, seasons, animals, weather, manners, personal hygiene, countries, transportation
Also included in the program:
- Character development
- Bible stories
- Scripture memory
- Understanding and respect for flag and country
- Sharing time
- Snack time
- Play centers
- Physical development
For full program details, please consult the Jr. Kindergarten Handbook.
Since the Sussex Christian School Junior Kindergarten is a service for three and four-year-olds, the Province of New Brunswick states that the program falls under the Day Care Act, and as a result, must be licensed by the Province under that act. Therefore the NB Curriculum Framework for Early Learning and Child Care must be employed. SCS combines many of the concepts of the play-based ideology outlined in the NB Framework throughout the daily routine as we work toward the educational goals of the school as laid out above. Parents may access the NB Curriculum Framework and supporting documents online.