The Ipswich Junior Kindergarten (JRK) program provides a stepping stone between preschool and kindergarten. It is designed for children who may need more time to reach their full potential before being immersed into kindergarten. Curriculum in this smaller group setting continues readiness practice in language arts, math, handwriting, science, and social studies. Junior Kindergarten lessons can also be more individualized to meet each child's needs. Children must be 5 years old by September 1st of the current school year. Children check books out daily at the library and also participate in music weekly. Junior Kindergarten meets every afternoon from 12:30-3:30.When assessing a child's kindergarten readiness, it is important to look at where your child is developmentally in all of the following areas: socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, and their maturity.Some questions you may ask yourself are:
- Could my child handle going to school all day long, every day?
- Does my child have a good grasp on letters and sounds? Kindergarten does a quick review of all the letters and moves on at a much quicker pace.
- Do you want your child to be one of the oldest or youngest in his/her class?
- Is your child mature enough to handle more responsibility?
If you find yourself wondering about some of these areas, you may want to consider Junior Kindergarten.