Junior Kindergarten

Staff
Richard Kelly, Teacher
Lynne Cayford Zeidler, Assistant Teacher
617.349.6525 x102

Conferences and conference hour
There is a parent/teacher conference schedule for kindergarten that includes a mid-fall and a spring conference. Families or I may request additional times to discuss your child’s progress or classroom concerns. I am available most afternoons and families can set up appointments as needed. A formal schedule for fall and spring conferences will be available as those times approach. Email or calling the school after 3PM is always a way for families to connect with me to set up a meeting.

Assessment/Sharing progress
We frequently share examples of children’s work to families. Students are also assessed in literacy and math on an ongoing basis. The students are screened in the fall and spring by the Early childhood resources staff as well. Findings from these screenings will be shared as we receive information. The Junior Kindergarten students in the all JK classroom receive a district created Junior Kindergarten report card in the winter and late spring.

Other Communication
We have a monthly classroom newsletter, classroom email list, we also send home occasional “Ask Me about My Day” notes.

Curriculum
jk_content.jpgThe junior kindergarten curriculum is based on the Cambridge Public Schools own Junior Kindergarten curriculum guide. This program forms a comprehensive curriculum system, one that includes experiences and activities that develop our student’s skills in language and literacy, social development, mathematics, science and inquiry, art, music and physical development. The development of oral language skills and vocabulary is an important component of any early childhood experience and the junior kindergarten curriculum places much emphasis on these communication skills. Our classroom themes are based mostly on children’s interests.

We are also using the Building Blocks Math program in the Junior Kindergarten classroom. In Junior Kindergarten, instructional time should focus on two critical areas:

  • developing an understanding of whole numbers to 10, including concepts of one-to-one correspondence, counting, cardinality (the number of items in a set), and comparison; and
  • recognizing two-dimensional shapes, describing spatial relationships, and sorting and classifying objects by one or more attributes.

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