SELA’s JuniorK programs is for children who are preparing to enter Kindergarten the following year.
At the age of four, children are ready for a more academically challenging program. Our Full-Immersion JuniorK program provides a multilingual learning environment that prepares our students to be successful in Kindergarten and all of Elementary school.
Our Global Early Education Curriculum was designed knowing that every child develops and thrives best when given a nurturing, loving, academically challenging, and responsive environment. Our curriculum creates meaningful experiences for children that extend their cognitive, linguistic, physical, and socio-emotional development.
SELA understands that children develop at different rates and therefore provides a student-centered curriculum which helps us to learn the differences in learners, their learning styles, individual needs, interests, and routines. Our role is to be a facilitator of this learning process thus we offer an environment rich in challenging and age-appropriate activities.
Su Escuela’s full immersion Vertical Coherence Curriculum provides an opportunity for students to build on what they have learned previously and the lessons reinforce knowledge across the units and levels. SELA curriculum has a logical sequence so that students are learning the knowledge, concepts and skills that will progressively prepare them for a more challenging, higher–level work.
Students will learn how to formulate comments and questions using appropriate syntax. They will be able to ask about unfamiliar vocabulary words and make meaningful connections with it. Students will be able to tell a story with full sentences and sequence, demonstrate understanding of the stories that are read aloud, and make comments. Students will also begin to understand humor.
Writing & Grammar
Students will recognize his or her name, begin to write the alphabet and numbers, write his or her name, create stories using drawings, start using dictation, clap syllables to simple words; write his or her name and 2-4 syllable words. Students will also begin using cursive.
Algebraic Thinking: Students recognize numbers, quantities, and become capable of counting 1-20-50. Children will solve simple addition & subtraction problems, whole and 1⁄2.
Geometry: Students will be able to recognize Shapes & Attributes; produce geometric patterns and simple patterns AB, ABC, ABB.
Measure & Data: Measure & attribute, graph, estimate.
Students will explore cause and effect through different hands-on experiences and using the scientific method. They will create their own hypothesis according to observations and interpret outcomes, individually and in small groups. Teachers will use a lot of questioning techniques to promote the use of the second language.
Students will expand their creativity and be able to express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art. They will explore the natural world through observing how colors interact with each other and with different lighting. Students also are exposed to artists and begin to appreciate characteristics and styles of artists.
Students will learn facts about geography, maps vs. globes, where they live, community members,and national and international celebrations. They will learn to recognize their country, state, and city, as well as, to identify the president and other symbols of the United States. Students will review geographical concepts like mountains, rivers, seas, etc. Also they will learn about some of the major ancient civilizations around the world.
Self-help skills are developed through the day in various activities which will strengthen behaviors that eventually lead to independence. Zippers, buttons, snaps, putting on shoes and socks, managing outerwear independently, hanging up coat and backpacks, putting their books and homework in their backpacks, bringing his or her homework when its due, eating with utensils, setting the table for snack, independently open containers, toilets independently, working on knowing their phone number and address.
Students will jump over objects, zig-zag, use big muscles for balancing, skip, walk up and down stairs, ride and steer tricycle, somersault, and maintain balance.
Fine Motor Skills:
Button or unbutton, zip and unzip, complete 8-20 piece puzzles, cut on the line with scissors, draw a person with 6 or more parts, copies letters, draw simple objects, color within the lines, model with clay or play-dough, write first name, use pencil and brushes with pincer grasp.
Students will begin to recognize different elements of music like rhythms and tempos. He or she will begin to recall new songs, learn the chorus of the songs, make up songs, dance according to music, can understand the lyrics.