Jump Start

For Ages 3-5.

Jump Start combines research, theory and practice to introduce literacy activities that help to foster a deep appreciation for learning. Based on the premise that children learn best through repetition, each Jump Start session features a focus text that is presented in different ways each week. This repetition enables experiences to evolve and strengthens a variety of skills. Repetition with variety not only expands these experiences, but enhances brain development.

Each book presented is introduced in ways that involve a variety of senses and provide developmentally appropriate activities based on play. Activities throughout the class use multiple intelligences for different learning styles and opportunities for scaffolded learning through repetition with variety.

Jump Start offers fun activities that inspire imagination, encourage creativity and help children exercise problem-solving skills through language and literacy fun, songs, rhymes and music, as well as math, science, art, drama and social development activities.

Each week Jump Start participants explore important early literacy concepts such as letter knowledge, phonological awareness, vocabulary, print awareness, as well as gaining narrative skills and number knowledge.

Centered on the principle that a caregiver is a child’s first and most valuable teacher, the program offers caregivers the opportunity to make connections and incorporate practices essential for helping children develop reading readiness.

Jump Start meets once a week for six weeks and each class lasts about one hour.

Jump Start Action Shots

  • bear-hug
  • pink-boots
  • reading
  • yellow-sleeves
  • high-five

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