Building a Love of Learning
Five- and six-year-olds explore learning through structured activities. A clear, predictable schedule, theme-based curriculum, and hands-on projects provide opportunities for students to learn about the world around them through a combination of teacher-guided and independent activities.
Children learn cooperatively, playfully, through music, movement, art, and pencil-and-paper activities. Teachers are skilled in providing appropriate activities to move each student’s skills forward with enthusiasm and kindness.
WHAT MAKES OUR KINDERGARTEN SPECIAL
Kindergartners learn to recognize the letters, identify the sound each letter makes, identify beginning, middle, and ending sounds of words, and blend sounds to form simple words. They also learn to identify numbers, shapes, and patterns. Our children do these things playfully, through music, movement, art, and pencil-and-paper activities.
Each class is led by a team of two to three full-time teachers. The student-student ratio is about 10 to 1. Nearly all of our staff have experience working with preschoolers, ensuring they are familiar with the range of developmentally-appropriate skills that children demonstrate in kindergarten.
For many years, we’ve offered a two-year kindergarten program for children with fall birthdays. Instead of transitional kindergarten, children turning five between September 1 and December 31 enter as “young” kindergartners, with the expectation they will do a second year as “older” kindergartners. Children often are increasingly interested in letters and numbers as they turn five, and our two-year program gives children with fall birthdays the opportunity to practice working with those concepts without the expectation of mastering them quickly.
Kindergarten students attend weekly Enrichment Classes that support and broaden the classroom curriculum. Classes include theater arts, gardening, P.E., and library classes, in addition to daily indoor and outdoor work and play. Students attend each class once per week.
Full– and Half–Day Options Available
Full-day: 8:40am to 2:00pm
Half-day: 8:40am to 11:45am