JJHS Preschool is a unique program in the city of Calgary. The preschool operates as an integral part of the Child Care program of studies at the Grade 11 and 12 levels. Two groups of students will work with the children - one group from mid-September to the end of January (Semester 1) and the other group from February to mid-June (Semester 2). The purpose of this program is to teach students about appropriate child management techniques. At the same time the preschool is the model of a quality early childhood program for 3 and 4 year olds and provides a valuable service to the community. (Children must turn 3 by September 10th to register for the program in September.)
The preschool is a structured two hour, two day per week program - Monday and Wednesday, and Tuesday and Thursday mornings only. All classes operate from 8:45 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Upon arrival each morning, the children move into free play time with their choice of activities. The gathering circle brings the children together to learn about the theme for the day, songs, alphabet and number work and a story. After this circle time, the children move back into a free play time with an art activity component. All children are given the opportunity to participate in the art project for the day during this free play period. A second circle time follows clean up time and then the children have a snack that is provided by Jack James Preschool. The final activity is games time just prior to ending the preschool morning.