Kindergarten Philosophy

Kindergarten is such an important time of growth for children. The experiences students have in kindergarten can help to set them on a successful path through school. Here are some of our beliefs about our kindergarten students.

We believe children develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually with individual patterns of growth. Therefore we...

value play because children use it to practice newly acquired skills
provide opportunities where all children are actively learning.
assess, evaluate and report the growth of each child.

We believe children need to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge to move from dependency to independence. Therefore we...

provide meaningful opportunities for children to grow and learn.
help children apply prior knowledge to new experiences.

We believe children learn in different ways and have different ways of representing what they know. Therefore we...


provide playtime that has a purpose or a lesson.
design hands-on activities.
incorporate curriculum into many areas.
allow time to read, write, speak, listen, play, and share with each other.
assess students through daily observations and interactions.

We believe children should be actively engaged in their learning. Therefore we...

provide opportunities for children to make choices about how they learn.
create learning activities that include curriculum.

We believe children learn best in a safe, nurturing and challenging environment. Therefore we...

model and encourage the development of respect, responsibility, integrity, compassion, and an appreciation of diversity in our schools.
create opportunities for children to contribute to their school and community.
adapt activities for all children to learn at their instructional level, whether it is faster or slower than other students.

We believe children are most successful when school, home and community work together. Therefore we...

promote an atmosphere of mutual respect for everyone.
provide on-going communication between home and school.
support and encourage family involvement.
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