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4 Essentials to Choosing a Great Kindergarten Program

July 17, 2017
By Leslie Clement

Most parents want a good, solid education for their child. Finding a kindergarten program can be the beginning of a positive start to real schooling and can set the stage for life-long learning. Kindergarten, although not required by many states, allows opportunity to learn and practice critical social, emotional, problem-solving, and study skills that he will use throughout his schooling. Kindergarten accomplishes these things by:

  • Developing self-esteem. Your child will need to be confident in his ability to actually learn. By gaining confidence, the kindergartner develops a sense of who he is and how he relates to the world around him. In the Christian school setting, the student learns that God values him as his creation and that value is of utmost importance.
  • Teaching and modeling to cooperation. The kindergartner is best served with the opportunity to develop patience, take turns, share, and listen to others. These skills are essential to becoming a life-long learner, in and out of the classroom.
  • Sparking your child’s natural, God-given curiosity. Classroom surroundings, teachers and activities ignite wonder and curiosity in the kindergarten aged child. Taking this wonder and directing the student to a natural love of learning is important to the kindergarten experience.

WHAT’S IDEAL?
Educators, parents, neighbors and friends all have varied ideas and opinions on what the answer is but most educators agree a good program has four basic guidelines that can be helpful in the decision making process. A great kindergarten program should:

    1. Expand your child’s ability to learn about (and from) the world, to organize information, and to solve problems. This will foster the kindergartner’s sense of self-worth and confidence, ability to work with others, and his interest in challenging tasks.
    2. Provide a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) activities. Investigations and projects allow your child to work both on his own and in small groups.
    3. Keep large group activities that require sitting and listening to a minimum. Instead, most activities feather play-based, hands-on learning in small groups. As the year progresses, large group activities become a big longer in preparation for 1st grade.
    4. Foster a love of books, reading, and writing. Look for books, words, and kids’ own writing all over the classroom.

When looking at programs, keep these guidelines in mind — as well as the specific needs of your child and family. Not every program is perfect for every child. Some children thrive in a program with more direction, some with less. Want to know more about the kindergarten program at Intermountain Christian School? CLICK HERE!