Mrs. Helen Barr

The 4-year-old student has the option of staying full-day from 7:50-2:25 or half-day from 7:50-11:25. They must be 4 years old by September 1st.


Students will be introduced to a caring and compassionate environment. They will feel comfortable and will understand that school is a place to learn and have fun. Children will be able to write their letters, understand their numbers, and use their small and large motor skills to create art and run, jump, and play.


To grow in their Catholic faith, children are taught prayers, biblical stories, and the significance of Holy Days.  Art projects and songs help enhance the understanding of scripture.  The basis of our faith is built on acting in love and kindness for others.  Mass is attended weekly to extend our learning and faith.

By the end of Junior Kindergarten students will be able to…

  • Name characters, explain events and stories from the Bible
  • Proclaim Jesus as our Savior through God the Father
  • Explaining prayer is a form of conversation and listening to God
  • Recognize and participate in the celebrations of the church
  • Through loving one another we act as God wants us to
  • Show the church is God’s house and a place of prayer

Language Arts/Reading:

This explores the beginning steps of basic reading and writing in order to communicate for a variety of purposes.  Reading, letter knowledge, and writing are the main literacy components.

By the end of Junior Kindergarten students will be able to…

Reading Comprehension and Language:

  • Participate in group reading activities
  • Compare words to text to create meaning
  • Interact with books and other texts independently

Letter Knowledge and Phonological Awareness:

  • Recognize all capital and lowercase letters
  • Know all constants letter sounds
  • Imitate rhythm/rhyme patterns


  • Understand basic features of print (top to bottom and left to right)
  • Print first and last name correctly
  • Print each letter legibly
  • Use drawings, letters, and words to communicate


Math and logic skills are strengthened through a multitude of exercises.  Problem solving, use of manipulative and math vocabulary are part of the curriculum.  Using the child’s life experiences allow for deeper learning.

By the end of Junior Kindergarten students will be able to…

Counting and Cardinality:

  • identify numbers from zero – twenty
  • write numbers zero – twenty
  • count sets of one – twenty objects
  • count by ones to one hundred
  • identify greater than, less than, or equal to when comparing two sets of objects

Operations and Algebraic Thinking:

  • figure out mathematical problems

Social Studies:

Students acquire a primary understanding of their community and the United States.  Students gain a clearer perspective of their world through community member visits, field trips, and circle time.

By the end of Junior Kindergarten students will be able to…

  • Understand what it means to be a member of a group and community
  • Recognize the reasons for rules in the home environment and community
  • Establish a basic awareness of self as an individual and his/her uniqueness


Fundamental science knowledge occurs through the scientific inquiry process.   Students are given a chance to explore through many activities at the science table.

By the end of Junior Kindergarten students will be able to…

  • Demonstrate curiosity about the world and begin to use the practices of science and engineering to answer questions and solve problems.
  • Explore concepts and information about physical, earth, and life sciences.
  • Understand important connections and understandings in science and engineering.
  • Technology – become familiar and comfortable with using technological tools

Social and Emotional Development:

The cornerstones of success in school and life are predicated on a strong foundation of emotional and social well being.  This is accomplished through encouraging self expressions, controlling emotions, and developing strong social ties; there by reflecting on others feelings and views.

  • Develop self – management skills to achieve school and life success and develop positive relationships with others.
  • Use social – awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships.
  • Demonstrate decision – making skills and behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.