“Our junior kindergarteners are already
With Poko Loko’s continued educational challenges,
they will all be ready for Kindergarten in the fall.”
Older 4’s – Younger 5’s
Poko Loko offers a full or part-time Junior Kindergarten program. Ratios are kept low, one teacher per ten students for 4 year olds and one teacher per twenty students for 5 year olds. All meals are
provided including breakfast, lunch and two nutritious snacks. Our Junior Kindergarten program is designed to prepare the students for the kindergarten year to come. The classroom activities center on promoting learning skills such as math readiness, reading readiness, and early phonics through the use of developmentally appropriate workbooks. Our teachers help the children to strengthen their school skills that will be needed; skills that include raising hands for help, and paying attention during lessons. We also help them to refine their social skills so that they will be able to interact well with others. Taking turns, sharing, and helping others is strongly encouraged. Monthly field trips as well as special musical and artistic performances are also included in our Junior Kindergarten program.
Half-day hours include 6:40 am-12 noon; full-day hours include 6:40 am-6:00 pm
Morning Arrival—Child’s Choice—Breakfast (6:40 a.m.– 9:00 a.m.)
As parents drop off their child, a warm welcome awaits. Junior kindergarteners are free to explore and interact with the different areas of enrichment that each classroom offers including computers. Cereal and milk for breakfast will be offered at 8:00 a.m., and if the weather permits they will head outdoors to our playground for some social interaction and gross motor development.
Junior Kindergarten (9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)
Our junior kindergarten program begins each day with circle time. During this time children are acclimated to a school like routine and expected to participate in all activities. These activities will include daily art projects, as well as math, reading readiness, and phonics worksheets. This session is filled with many learning opportunities and concludes with circle time and a special theme related story read by the teacher. Every morning, a healthy snack is offered and outdoor playtime is allotted.
Lunch—Nap—Coloring (11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)
As noon approaches, the children grow hungry and tired. Our in house chef always prepares a meal that is both balanced and nutritious. After lunch, our junior kindergarteners nap on their individual cots for approximately 2 hours. Weather permitting, our junior kindergarteners are able to enjoy a little extra recess time before their nap.
Child’s Choice—Parent Pick Up (2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Every afternoon will begin with another healthy snack. Now that your child is older, we will reinforce our daily curriculum with an afternoon worksheet. When the worksheet is completed, 30 minutes of educational television is provided before the room is opened up to free play and social time. Outdoor play time is also available until your child is picked up.
Communication with parents is very important to Poko Loko as we strongly believe in building and maintaining healthy parent-teacher relationships. Therefore, we encourage both parents and teachers to share concerns, problems, information, and anecdotes verbally on an as needed basis. Our teachers and directors are always available to help out in any way possible. Conferences will also be held twice a year to help evaluate your child’s developmental progress.