The Language Arts curriculum for the Junior Kindergarten is Texas Journeys by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. This series begins by reviewing basic skills in name recognition and printing, letter names and sounds. The students continue memorizing Dolch words at the kindergarten primer level and continue the process of combining some of these words with initial letter sounds to make new words. The cildren become familiar with how books are organized and written, as well as with rhyming, beginning-middle-ending sounds, blending, and segmenting words into syllables. Students learn to read decodable books by using their skills of listening and observation and by applying their newly acquired skills of word and sound recognition.
The children learn about the calendar year and the change of seasons, and how those are marked by special national, state, and Christian celebrations. Important people and events of our past, from the Bible, as well as from American and Texas history, are explored. The students learn about the basic ideas of our government and the symbols of our country and state. They also begin to explore their world on the globe and maps, and they learn to decipher simple charts and graphs.
Saxon Math K helps students develop the math skills that will be used throughout their education and life. Saxon Math takes a spiral approach in teaching numbers, shapes, one-to-one correspondence, patterns, counting graphing, time, money, measuring, and problem-solving. Every lesson begins with a review of the concepts on which the new information is built. Saxon Math is supplemented with cognitively and developmentally appropriate real-world math challenges and problem solving activities.
In Exploring Science, students will work on increasing their observation skills as they learn from different topics within the major disciplines of science. Each weekly topic will emphasize a main idea. After introduction to the topic, the students will perform experiments and see science in action. All of the experiments come from Science Play. The goal is to allow the students to observe and tell what they have learned, thereby, allowing them to discover more about the world around them. The nature study journals in which they will draw, glue pictures or record what they have learned from through their discovery and observation of the natural world that God created. Each weekly topic has additional suggested activities and books to provide for further investigation of the topic and enrichment opportunities.
Using the More Quirkles: Exploring Phonics Through Science series provides an innovative approach to integrate literacy and science. Vocabulary builders, related science experiments, and a character education lesson are included in each of the 26 alphabet series books. Each of the Quirkle stories and activities reinforce phonetic sounds serving as building blocks for literacy while making the learning of earth, physical and life science fun to learn. The activities and experiments for this series are more advanced than those at the PreK level and involve hands-on science learning experiences that provide higher level learning opportunities.
Junior Kindergarten students will be continuing their exploration of the Old Testament starting with Ruth and continuing on into the New Testament. The students will be learning about John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus early ministry. Lessons will be introduced through story and projects, along with a weekly memory verse. All preschool classes will include lessons throughout the year for special holy days and holidays such as Christmas and Easter.