Children enter kindergarten with a range of skills, both physical and cognitive. Often, children who turn five years of age after August will have a significantly different level of development than children approaching their sixth birthday. For this reason we offer a Young Five Kindergarten program. The program is designed for students who have a summer or fall birth date and could use additional time to develop readiness skills. The development of fine motor skills in preparation for kindergarten is an important part of Young Five Kindergarten. After activities which strengthen muscle development, students have many opportunities to use pencils, crayons, and scissors and are instructed and guided as to their proper usage.
Students enrolled in Young Five Kindergarten have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help them make the adjustment to the school environment and working in a group. It is important that children learn to function well in the classroom environment. This includes getting along with other children and cooperating with adults other than their own parents. These students learn to take turns and wait without interrupting, along with other social skills which teach the children thinking, reasoning and decision making skills. They also work diligently to develop their listening skills, social/emotional skills, literacy, language, mathematical reasoning, and knowledge acquisition through a thematic approach. Research shows that children must first have a strong base in language: rhyming, patterning, playing with words, listening to stories, etc. From the first day till the last, Young Five Kindergarten students are saturated with these concepts in a fun, yet challenging way.
Young Five Kindergarten or Kindergarten?
Enrollment in the Young Five Kindergarten program is a decision made by parents with input from teachers and administrators through a screening process. Always keep in mind what is best for your children in the long run. It is better to give them another year to grow than to become frustrated with their development and achievement. Young Five Kindergarten takes a more hands on approach to academics than kindergarten but still offers many traditional learning opportunities. The program, which was developed for children who turn 5 years old between June 1st and November 1st, provides the foundation children need when they become ready to read. All students, including those in Young Five Kindergarten must be five years old on or before November 1st.