Play is learning too! JRCS is proud to offer a play-based Kindergarten!
JRCS saw a large increase in Kindergarten applications this year which led them to open a 3rd kindergarten classroom. Just like the rest of their curriculum, JRCS also offers adifferent approach to their Kindergarten – a play-based curriculum.
Recently, many reports have been published disproving the idea that the earlier kids start formal classroom work and learning to read, the better off they are later on. In fact, quite the opposite may be true. According to an article study by the Alliance for Childhood and Defending the Early Years, “Research shows greater gains from play-based programs than from kindergartens with a more academic focus…especially in the social-emotional realm.
Donald Samson, our Director of Curriculum agrees, “Kindergarten at Juniper Ridge addresses the whole child, from the tips of their toes to the tops of their heads. Through teacher-guided activities as well as independent creative play, the children learn through imitation, rhythm, routine, song, movement and social play how to relate to themselves, to others and toward their environment”.