JPK Overview

JPK curriculum is based on emergent themes founded as the interest of children develop. This flexibility allows for implementation of various best practice teaching philosophies as well as the ability to target all learning styles.  Teachers act as facilitators of knowledge, spending time observing and talking with the children in their care.  This approach allows projects to be developed based upon the interests of the children.  Evansville Day School welcomes children as young as age 3 into the JPK program.  Contact Karen Chatmon at for more information or to arrange a visit.

Distinguishing features:

  • Introduction to letters and how to write them through Learning Without Tears
  • Physical education
  • Introduction to phonics through Zoo-phonics
  • Outdoor exploration
  • Exposure to the Spanish language
  • Sensory learning
  • Vocal music experience
  • Literature enrichment in our library
  • Dramatic play
  • Hands-on creative art
  • Opportunities for small group and individual instruction

The Importance of Play in JPK

Play is a child’s work.  
In JPK at EDS, 
work and play 
are used interchangeably.  
Play is the basis of everything.  
Children learn through play. 

When children play, they collaborate, solve problems, and take risks.  When children choose the type of play, they gain a sense of power and a feeling of control.  At this age, a child may move themselves out of group time.  They will go to the Sensory Table or the Block Area; however, they are still listening and calling out comments about what is being discussed, even joining in singing songs while physically separated from the group.  When their bodies are ready, they come back, sit down, and join the group.