About our Kindergarten Program
To enroll in Kindergarten your child must be 5 before September 1st
Play ‘N’ Learn’s Kindergarten program has a long history of preparing children for academic success while supporting their natural enthusiasm for learning. We provide an atmosphere in which they are challenged intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. Math, Science, Language/Reading, Geography, and Computers are all explored to exploit the children’s natural curiosity and their uncanny ability to learn new concepts.
A low student to teacher ratio allows children to receive more personalized attention and learn in a comfortable, familiar environment. At the same time, you have the comfort of knowing your child is being cared for by the same group of dedicated people you have trusted in the past.
Kindergarten begins the last week in August. It is a full-day program with class time beginning at 8:30 a.m. and running through 3:30 p.m. The curriculum is structured to meet or exceed all state and national standards for Kindergarten. Attendance and punctuality are required to avoid missing important concepts and ideas. However, Christmas and Easter breaks are considered review weeks and no new material will be covered to accommodate vacations. Unlike preschool, progress reports and parent conferences are held twice a year. Field trips are also included as a part of our program. Children and parents are both given the opportunity to experience and learn outside the classroom with trips to places like: The Children’s Discovery Museum, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, the Pumpkin Patch, and more.
Availability is limited to a select number of students willing to make a year-long commitment to this class. If you are interested in signing up for Kindergarten or have additional questions, please speak with Ms. Tammy at the front.
Questions and Answers
Q: How do I know if my child is ready for Kindergarten?
A: One major advantage of our Kindergarten is that we are already familiar with your child. Since “testing” young children is generally not considered reliable, observation becomes the most accurate evaluation method for determining Kindergarten readiness. We will be glad to give you an honest opinion on how we feel your child could perform both in our program, as well as within the public school system.
Q: Will my child feel awkward going to Kindergarten at the same school they attended preschool?
A: The children here know that Kindergarten is a “big kid” class. There is a clear difference in their attitude and confidence when they walk into school as a Kindergartener for the first time. They feel a sense of importance. As the oldest kids in the school, the other children look up to them. Kindergarteners also enjoy special privileges that preschoolers don’t, such as: Fieldtrips, Lunchbox Fridays, and Graduation.
Q: Are parents allowed to participate?
A: We have many opportunities in which parents are invited into the classroom. Class parties and events are always open to parents. Also, field trips are a great way for parents to show their interest in school activities. In fact, most parents say they are not sure who has more fun on field trips, them or their children.
Q: Does an all-day program push the children too hard?
A: Actually, quite the opposite is true. Elementary schools have specific standards they expect children leaving Kindergarten to have achieved. Kindergarten teachers must ensure children are instructed in required skills, exposed to new social situations, and physical activity while still managing to make the experience fun, all within the constraints of a couple of hours. The whole process can become rushed.
In a full-day program, increased learning time accommodates more in-depth lessons on reading, math, language, science, etc. Also, the children are able to work at a more appropriate pace, receiving the individual attention that can sometimes be lost in a rush. At the same time, outside play and social times are not cut short to fit within the time restraints of a half-day program.
For more information about our Kindergarten program feel free to
call us at 408-269-9004 and request a Kindergarten information Packet.