Junior Kindergarten Program - Students 4 to 5 years old
The Junior Kindergarten curriculum at Granada Preparatory School is a 5 full day program in the first year of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP). This means that our teaching and instructional activities will engage children in active and inquiry based learning. The PYP curriculum model is based on the constructivist approach, where it is acknowledged that learners have beliefs about how the world works based on experiences and prior learning. Our aim is for students to make connections from prior knowledge, to encourage our students’ critical thinking by teaching them how to wonder and question, to reflect on their new knowledge, and to take action based on this new knowledge.
The program focuses on the total growth of the developing child, encompassing social, physical, emotional, aesthetic and cultural needs in addition to academic development. Our approach to teaching pre-reading, pre-writing and mathematical concepts has been developed from the best teaching practices. We understand that each child is a special individual and he/she will approach the curriculum in his/her own unique way, so the curriculum provides a wide range of activities in all areas of development (cognitive, creative, physical, and language) and encourages social-emotional growth.