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Junior Kindergarten

One highlight of the year for JK boys is a trip to the science lab to dissect sheep hearts.

The Junior Kindergarten boy is capable of almost nonstop mental and physical gymnastics. His tendency to exaggerate is demonstrated by his joyful response to dance, creative movement, and drama.

He learns best through play and needs opportunities to move freely from one activity to another, as much of his learning is transmitted through his large muscles. He loves being read to, acting out stories, building with blocks, and manipulating the objects in his environment. Building relationships is encouraged, as he works in cooperative groups and begins to recognize and appreciate another’s point of view. His enthusiastic participation in all of life makes for an exciting year of emotional and academic growth.

Language Arts

  • Listen to stories and respond to books
  • Use left to right progression
  • Name letters in first and last name
  • Hear and create rhymes
  • Recognize capital and lowercase letters
  • Associate sounds with letters
  • Communicate and speak effectively
  • Contribute to discussion and express ideas through conversation


  • Count to 50
  • Identify numerals 1–20
  • Form sets of 0–10 objects
  • Identify coins—penny, nickel, dime, and quarter
  • Identify geometric shapes
  • Demonstrate understanding of measurement concepts
  • Identify and create a pattern
  • Sort by category
  • Demonstrate understanding of graphing, more, less, and equal
  • Sequence events using time concepts and tell time to the hour

Motor Development

  • Hold and use scissors correctly
  • Demonstrate correct pencil grip and maintain pencil control
  • Color with increasing maturity and control
  • Print name using correct capital and lowercase letter formation


  • Explore weather patterns and temperature
  • Learn to read thermometer
  • Make predictions and create theories
  • Dissect heart
  • Study migration and adaptation
  • Explore life on the farm
  • Explore plant life
  • Identify solids, liquids, and gasses
  • Discover fossils, excavation tools, and learn about paleontology
  • Compare living and nonliving organisms
  • Make comparisons between items that float and sink

Social Studies

  • Learn about communities—rural, urban, and suburban
  • Study and celebrate national holidays
  • Study American presidents, monuments, and symbols
  • Learn about the history of Memphis
  • Broaden global awareness—people, communities, and cultures

Social/Emotional Development

  • Respond as a first-time listener
  • Respect peers and authority figures
  • Take responsibility for belongings
  • Make transitions well
  • Participate and cooperate in all activities
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We intentionally educate and nurture the heart, soul, mind, and body of each boy.

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We know, nurture, and love each boy as a unique child of God.

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We teach the Bible and model the Christian faith to our boys.

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We aren't just teachers; we are life-long learners and students.

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We push students to engage as thinkers.

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In an increasingly connected world, our curriculum has a global perspective.

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Flexible teaching strategies seek to maximize learning for each boy.

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Our assessments aren't just a way to measure learning — we want our boys to demonstrate understanding.

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We seek to enroll boys from diverse backgrounds.

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We seek balance and excellence in all we do.

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We aren't just boy-friendly; we're boy-specific.

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Our program sets a foundation of learning that will help boys thrive beyond PDS.

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We take time to make sure our faculty and staff are growing spiritually.

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We hold high standards for ourselves, pushing ourselves to reflect, renew, and grow.

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