Brockton’s Junior Kindergarten
The goal of Brockton’s Junior Kindergarten Program, through play and exploration, within a nurturing class community, is to cultivate within each student an innate trust and belief in their own potential to positively impact the world.
Brockton’s Junior Kindergarten Program is half way through it’s first year and is an amazing success. We are extremely proud of the quality of teaching being offered, of how connected our youngest students are to the rest of the Brockton Community and of our unique and authentic programming.
Our Junior Kindergarten Program is unique, primarily for the following key reasons:
Brockton is unique.
Our school environment is truly authentic. We are a small school with an outstanding staff that cares about each individual student and about professional “best practice.” We know how to listen, how to honour each child’s individuality and how to differentiate teaching and learning.
Brockton is inclusive.
Brockton values contributions from everyone in its school community.
Brockton understands how children learn.
We value the role of inquiry, of “hands on” challenges and of play, in every learner’s experience.
Our Junior Kindergarten is the beginning step of our JK-12 Continuum International Baccalaureate School. The Program incorporates four of the six Transdisciplinary Themes across the year. Each day, the children will be exposed to rich language, “hands on” math and play experiences, art, music and inquiry.
International Baccalaureate philosophy can be abstract. This poses a challenge for strong early learning teachers. The challenge is to make the learning concrete to suit the developmental ages and stages of each Junior Kindergarten student. The goal is to have the inquiry and the wonder come directly from the children as opposed to being prescribed by a larger more complicated curriculum. To address this challenge, we offer three threads in our program that we will capitalize on to weave the children’s ideas and learning into the larger International Baccalaureate curriculum.
These three threads are:
Each child will be given a camera that will belong to him/her for the year. Each child will be free to capture what they see; what they find interesting at school. These photographs will be used to drive the children’s inquiry and learning and will be a tool used to connect their learning with the IB learner profile, concepts, attitudes and skills.
2) Intergenerational Immersion
The class will be partnering up with seniors from our community. They will be invited, at specific times, to be a part of the students’ learning in our classroom.
3) Outdoor Education
The children will be expected to be dressed for the weather so that they will have full access to our outdoor education curriculum. We will be making generous use of our garden and of our near-by forest to allow each child to stretch his/her thinking through connections with the environment.
We are excited about the incredible possibilities for your child’s growth and development at Brockton School.
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