An independent JrK-12 college preparatory school 
located in Concord, North Carolina
In junior kindergarten, students begin to develop the habits of adaptive expertise. Junior kindergarten students learn to be strategic and metacognitive about their work when approaching a project and are then reflective about their work upon completion. Students work towards becoming self-governing in junior kindergarten by progressively becoming more independent when completing workshops. Free play time allows the children to develop their communication skills as they relate to others and learn more about themselves. We foster risk-taking in our students during whole group instruction and workshops by providing an environment where it is safe to take a chance.

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List of 7 items.

  • Art

    The junior kindergarten art program is designed to introduce the students to the basics of visual art. A focus on key elements of picture-making includes exploration of line, shape, color, and pattern. The students will also experience art creation by drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay works. By exposing the children to famous works of art, they are introduced to the world of art beyond the classroom.
  • Language Arts

    The junior kindergarten literacy program develops phonemic awareness and letter-sound knowledge through a rich language environment which includes read alouds, nursery rhymes, morning messages and poetry. Students garner an understanding of initial phonics and word knowledge through auditory, visual and kinesthetic manipulation activities that enhance each child's beginning literacy skills at a developmentally appropriate level. Beginning handwriting skills are taught through a systematic program and students are encouraged to write appropriate letters for learned sounds.
  • Library

    Junior kindergarteners enjoy an introduction to the library setting. They learn the role of the librarian and learn how to borrow, use, and care for library materials properly. Our ultimate goal is to cultivate a love of books and reading. During their library visits, students enjoy Read-Alouds and lively book discussions. Students also experience cultural diversity through literature.
  • Math

    Using Saxon math as a basis for study, junior kindergarten students learn one-to-one correspondence; counting by tens; sorting and classification skills; graphing and pattern development; and number recognition. Calendar activities, skill acquisition centers, and circle discussions integrate these concepts throughout the day.
  • Music

    The junior kindergarten music program emphasizes singing, feeling, and moving to the beat, clapping rhythmic patterns, and playing instruments with confidence, as well as moving and listening to many different kinds of music. Basic musical concepts are introduced using songs and circle games, ostinato patterns, and exercises designed to begin developing reading and writing skills. The methodology of Carl Orff plays a major role in this program, helping each student relate to music in a natural, child-centered way. Students are encouraged to sing in unison as well as individually and to recognize differences in pitch, timbre, tempo, mood, and dynamics. Junior kindergarten students perform at the Teddy Bear Picnic in the fall, and at their Christmas concert in December.
  • Physical Education

    The focus for our junior kindergarteners is to provide fun, child-centered activities that focus on locomotor and balance skills. From providing stations for fitness, to freeze dance, to tag games and gymnastics, junior kindergarteners have the opportunity to hone their gross motor skill set through play. What better way is there to learn, than by having fun!
  • Science

    Junior kindergarteners begin their study of science by exploring the unit "All About Me." This is a fun way to discuss basic anatomy while students apply their learning to themselves. They participate in hands-on learning labs dealing with subjects such as seashells, forests animals, simple chemistry, color mixing using templates, fingerprinting, fossils, imprints, shark teeth, magnets, and water beetles. The goal of junior kindergarten science is to expose students to scientific topics while making science fun!

Classroom Teachers

Courtney Weber
Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Rendi Powers
Junior Kindergarten Teacher

Lori Dorfman
Junior Kindergarten Teaching Assistant

Co-Curricular Teachers

Jennifer Calvert

Judy Campbell
Physical Education

Kelvin Drakeford
Physical Education

Barb Falkenbury
Reading Specialist

Krista Johns

Jaimee Mendrinos
Media Specialist

Cannon School

Phone: 704-786-8171 | Fax: 704-788-7779