There is a lot to love about Kindergarten—fresh packs of sharp crayons, shiny picture books and making new friends. But the best is playing outside!
Choosing the right school for your child requires a lot of thought and prayer. But what makes a great Kindergarten?
We believe that a great Kindergarten focuses on the whole child. It nurtures your child intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. The best curriculum focuses on every part of this dynamic combination.
That’s why our play-based program includes Music, Library, PE, Buddies, Bible, prayer and more. We incorporate all of these to make the strongest Kindergarten possible—sharp crayons included.
A great Kindergarten will focus on the whole child and nurture your child intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically and spiritually. The best curriculum focuses on every part of this dynamic combination. That’s why our program includes Music, Library, PE, Buddies, Bible, prayer and more.
A great Kindergarten will provide lots of opportunity for your child to explore through hands-on activities. While painting pictures and building with blocks may not seem academic, they teach your child how to transfer ideas onto paper and understand different shapes and sizes. Play-based learning is fun and builds the foundation for math and literacy skills.
A great Kindergarten has teachers who care for their students and work together with parents. These teachers have strong communication skills and connect with parents regularly. Plus, great teachers provide individualized learning according to the needs and interests of each child. Finally, great teachers continue to grow in their own professional development.
A great Kindergarten facilitates the building of a strong community to surround its students. It welcomes parents into the classroom everyday at drop-off to transition their child into the day and helps connect parents with each other. A strong community includes cross-grade learning and a Buddy program, so your child can make friends with students in older grades and work on projects with them.
We saved the best for last! A great Kindergarten has a Christian worldview interwoven into every part of its program. Students learn that God loves them and created them for His special plan. The good news of Jesus Christ, with its message of love and hope for all creation, is an exciting and comforting truth to teach our children.
What can parents do to ensure their child has a great Kindergarten experience?
We love to partner with parents. Here are practical things you can do to build confidence in your child and prepare them for this next step.
Teaching children how to put on their own shoes and coat is a life-skill to celebrate! We encourage Velcro running shoes since they are easy for little hands to manage and allow your child to run like the wind.
Teach your child how to clean up their toys. We will be doing lots of this in Kindergarten! This teaches self- discipline, responsibility and community—we all need to work together.
Teach your child how to print their name. You can use this time to tell your child why you choose their name and why it is special. We want parents to experience this joy with their child—and celebrate this achievement.
We encourage parents to build confidence in your child by giving them a loving and firm good-bye and then leaving. Hovering by the door to “see how they are doing” can fill your child with anxiety and confusion. Firm good-byes assure them that Kindergarten is a safe place. Believe in your child’s ability to cope.
Some children struggle with school separation and may cry or have an emotional outburst. Listen to your child with empathy and comfort him or her. Use words such as “I see you are having a hard time” and “we’ll work through this together.” Help your child transition from you to his or her teacher. Be confident that your child will do well.
At the end of the day, welcome your child with a huge hug and smile! Ask them what their favourite part of the day was. Connect with them. Show your interest in their exciting new world. Be ready with a snack and allow your child time to rest.