Junior Kindergarten

Children at this age learn most effectively in an environment with a balance of fun, exploratory play, with an introduction to letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Our Junior K children take these beginning skills and build on them for Kindergarten-readiness.

Tobin Beaudet Schools offers a Junior K program for children ages 4-5 years old. Children must be 4 years old by Sept 1st.


  • A full-year program, with optional summer program
  • Open Monday – Friday. 7 am – 6:30 pm
  • School closings: approx. 12 days per year and 1 week during the summer

Scheduling Options:

  • Choose 3, 4 or 5-day schedule
  • Full-day: 7 am – 6:30 pm
  • Early Pick-up: 7 am – 3 pm
  • Mid Day: 9am – 3:30pm

Academic Program

Language Arts:

  • Learning Letters: As they grow, your child’s simple scribbles turn into the beginning of controlled marks, and then to intentional forms and beginning letters.
  • Teaching Method: Our teachers use a variety of manipulatives, sensory play opportunities, and a variety of art and writing materials for fine motor practice and development of a productive pencil grip.
  • Junior K Writing: Your child in JK is working on making the connections between letters and sounds–the basis for future reading. Weekly letter practice focuses not only on how the letter is formed for writing, but also how the letter is formed in your mouth when speaking and trying to make connections to other letters and sounds.
  • Daily Routine: Your child’s JK classroom experience at Tobin will include: practice writing names, repeated exposure to print in the classroom, dictating a story to a teacher who will write it out, and expressing thoughts using art and beginning letter forms.
  • Daily Read-Alouds: Your child will have daily read-alouds and one-on-one reading with a teacher, as well as access to quality books throughout the day, providing the foundation for a love of reading!

Science & Math

  • Exploration: Science and math are all about exploration in our JK class. Your child will have different materials to build with, explore, count, sort, pattern, group, and graph. Teachers use everyday situations to lay the groundwork for STEM concepts: for example, counting fruit slices at snack, pouring water in the sensory table, and constructing an amazing block structure.
  • Monthly Learning Themes: Your child will have an organized way to learn about our world, the animals we share it with, and the way things work.
  • Animal Science: Your child will explore nature and learn about respect for the animal kingdom through weekly Animal Science lessons with Matthew Coughlin, known to the children as Mr. Matt.

Foreign Languages

Spanish & Mandarin: In JK your child will learn Spanish and Mandarin at Tobin with daily practice of familiar concepts, manner words, and new vocabulary, your child will enhance brain flexibility by learning that a word or idea can be expressed in numerous ways.

Social Emotional Learning

  • Tobin Beaudet children get a well-rounded education that includes learning important social-emotional skills to help them succeed in life! Learning to share toys, self-advocate when they have a problem, be flexible when needed, and show respect for themselves and others.
  • Emotions and sharing: At Tobin Beaudet your child will learn about their emotions and how to share them in a safe, respectful way. Our teachers introduce self-regulation and executive function skills that will prepare your child for the school years ahead – while having fun in a nurturing, warm environment.

Fine Arts

Music and Art Every Day:  Our youngest learners explore visual arts and music daily in their classroom. Your child will model with clay, create sculptures and 3D structures, paint and draw, and glue and make collages. We sing songs as part of our daily routine and share opportunities to dance, play instruments, and move our bodies to rhythms.

Physical Education & Wellness

Get Moving: Moving is a way of life for Junior K children, and we give them ample daily opportunity to run, climb, jump, bounce, dig and play! Come to our early childhood playground, which offers a wide range of active play, along with large group games, seasonal water and snow play. Your child has two outside opportunities each day, weather permitting, as we understand that young children have to move to learn.

 Measuring Progress

At Tobin Beaudet Schools we respect each child as an individual, knowing that they learn and develop along their own timeline. As education professionals, our teachers are well-versed in child development and supporting children’s individual learning goals.

  • Assessment Tool: We are proud to use Teaching Strategies Gold. This research and evidence-based assessment tool provides a thorough look at each child’s current development and allows teachers and parents to work together to set goals for future learning.
  • Ongoing Observation: Teachers make observations throughout their day to track children’s progress over time. These daily observations become a digital portfolio of your child’s learning during their time at Tobin. You are invited in for parent-teacher conferences three times a year to set goals and review progress. In addition, we encourage you to talk to us at any time – we want to build an active partnership with you throughout the year.

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