Welcome to Jr. Kindergarten!

Our classroom, the Happy Campers, prepares children ages 4 ½ – 5 to transition to Kindergarten the following year. The Jr. Kindergarten was specifically designed for students who do not meet the Kindergarten cut-off date (5 years old by September 1st) or for parents who would like to give their children an extra year before transitioning into Kindergarten. We work throughout the school year to strengthen social-emotional sills, academic skills as well as Kindergarten readiness. We use Learning Without Tears curriculum (formerly Handwriting Without Tears) to learn how to properly form and write our upper and lower case letters, numbers, and strengthen proper grip through enhancing our writing skills. Letter sounds and sight words are also taught. Some students master early reading skills by the end of the year. We introduce more complex math skills such as: patterning, graphing, making sets, measuring and ordering, sequencing and dividing a whole into a half. Students also enjoy participating in monthly science experiments.

Jr. Kindergarten students also participate in monthly “fun days” including:

  • Grandparent’s Day in September
  • Orange/Harvest Days in October
  • Thanksgiving Parties
  • Happy Birthday Jesus Christmas Parties
  • Western Days
  • Valentine’s Parties
  • Seuss Days
  • Easter Parties
  • Mother’s Day Parties

Classroom Curriculum

Learning Without Tears

Miss Tammy Nasir - Lead Teacher

This will be my 10th year working in the preschool at Calvary Murrieta. I also worked for the elementary school at Calvary for 2 years as the Daycare Director prior to coming over to the preschool. In the preschool, I have worked as the morning and afternoon daycare teacher, an aide for the Pre-Kindergarten classroom, lead teacher for the Outdoor Classroom, and the lead teacher for the Early Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Jr. Kindergarten classrooms. I completed my Early Childhood Education coursework online through Cerro Coso Community College. I also attend annual professional development seminars hosted by ACSI (Association for Christian Schools). I believe in setting clear boundaries and expectations for my students, using positive guidance and redirection when needed, and incorporating Jesus into my daily lesson plans. I love working with children and my desire is to nurture them and pour the love of Jesus into them. I have three favorite scripture verses: Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 33:3 and Jeremiah 29:11.

Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Miss Noreen Fitzgerald - Classroom Aide

Miss Beckie Herrera - Classroom Aide