The Linda Tyler Early Learning Village is the home for senior and junior kindergarten students at Jackson Christian School.
The 12, 321 square foot village built just to the north of the Elementary building houses three senior kindergarten (5 and 6 year olds) and two junior kindergarten (4 and early 5 year olds) classrooms. The classrooms are 860 square feet with a multi-purpose room of 1,820 square feet. This is not just another school building. Students are amazed at the two story atrium entrance with interactive learning centers and the latest early learning technology.
When you enter the Village, you see computer stations that the children use during group math time. Each classroom carries the theme of a village or community chosen by the teacher. They include a movie theater, fire station, pet store, grocery store and ice cream parlor. These rooms have their own bathroom and sink area and shared storage space. Other rooms in the village include a civic center, barber shop, post office, and a bakery with an oven for teachers to do their classroom cooking in each week.
Handwriting Without Tears is the curriculum used to strengthen fine motor skills in a way that is fun and interactive through play dough, wooden pieces to make letters, chalkboards, and crayons just the right size for little fingers. The math curriculum is Math-their-Way using computer games and hands-on activities. Kindergarten reading curriculum is Saxon reading. The students learn letters, sounds, and writing in Junior Kindergarten. A new playground with age appropriate equipment is also part of the Village.
Mary Ramey, Junior Kindergarten teacher, says, "We are very excited about this program. When the children walk in, they see the village theme and we hope it feels very inviting and exciting for them. The technology, chosen curriculum, and village environment challenges these students and prepares them for kindergarten."
Junior Kindergarten Highlights:
- 5 day Junior Kindergarten for Pre-K students
- On main JCS campus
- Biblically based curriculum; hands on learning;
emphasis on strengthening fine and gross motor skills
- Dynamic learning environment with activities which
emphasize the strong interests of this age
- Follows main campus school calendar
- Uniform dress code
- Chapel and daily Bible time
- Recess and Physical Education Program
- Licensed by the Tennessee Department of Education
- Degreed/Licensed Pre-K teacher
- Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Summer Camp and After-School Care are available for an additional fee
- Tuition payments may be made per month, quarter,
semester or in-full