We understand the importance of fostering a love for learning from a young age. Our curriculum is designed to be both engaging and educational, ensuring that each child develops a strong foundation for future academic success.
What is the difference between Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is tailored for students who are prepared for a full-day program and have reached the age of at least 5 years by September 1. Situated at our 6 Loker Street campus, the Kindergarten curriculum includes advanced math using Saxon 1, as well as Wilson Fundations 1. Students engage in various subjects such as Logic, Social Studies, Science, Music, Art, PE, and more.
Transitional Kindergarten, located at our Elmwood campus, is designed for children who are ready for a Kindergarten curriculum but either miss the birthday cut-off date or could benefit from a bit more time before joining our Kindergarten program. The TK5 program is intended for children aged 4.7 to 5.2 by the beginning of the school year. Participants in TK5 follow the Kindergarten level Saxon Math program and Wilson Fundations.
What does Kindergarten Readiness look like?
Social-emotional readiness includes the ability to communicate needs, express feelings, and engage in cooperative play. Children should be able to interact with peers and adults, share, take turns, and follow simple instructions.
Routines and habits: Kindergarten often involves following a daily routine. Children who can adapt to schedules, transitions, and routines may find the kindergarten setting more comfortable.
Communication skills: A child should be able to express themselves verbally, communicate basic needs, and understand and follow simple instructions. This includes listening skills and an expanding vocabulary.
Self-help skills: Children should be able to perform basic self-help tasks such as using the restroom independently, dressing and undressing, and washing hands.
Fine motor skills are important for activities such as holding a pencil, using scissors, and manipulating small objects. These skills contribute to early writing readiness. They are also important for self-help skills.
Gross motor skills: Children should have a basic level of physical coordination, balance, and control over large muscle movements. This is important for physical activities and games.
Interest in learning: Readiness for kindergarten is often indicated by a child's curiosity and eagerness to learn. This can include an interest in books, numbers, letters, and a general enthusiasm for new experiences.