Have you ever walked into a drab and lifeless kindergarten classroom? Probably not. Almost by definition, they are creative and exciting learning environments. The best classrooms make children feel excited about participating and promote collaborative learning. But what exactly is it about these classrooms that children seem to love and thrive in?
Sending your first child off to school is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. You may feel pressure to have your child fully prepared for school and to keep up with the other children his or her age. And while you can certainly prepare your children for some aspects of kindergarten, there are some things you’ll need to let go of in order to maintain your sanity.
No matter how many children you have, sending them off to their first day of kindergarten is a big deal! It’s the first day of many years to come in the education system. Once you’ve been through the system for a while it probably seems crystal clear, but with child number one you’re left with a lot of questions.
You've worked hard to raise a good young boy or girl. They seem smart to you, but how do you know whether they're really prepared for school? Research shows that of all students assessed in the state of Florida roughly 50% of them passed a kindergarten readiness test. While that number seems extremely low, it raises the question that many of our incoming kindergarten parents ask. What do we need to do to prepare our children for their kindergarten education?
You send your children off to their first year of kindergarten with a lot of hopes and dreams for where high-quality education will take them. It's hard to imagine at that age what kind of careers and hobbies they will eventually have, but you have the sense that this is the first in a lot of exciting big steps for your child’s education. But, it’s easy for parents to discount the importance of kindergarten. While it may look like they’re learning simple skills, so far from the more complex lessons to come, the classroom exercises they begin mastering in kindergarten are the building blocks for the rest of their academic lives.
Sending your kids to kindergarten can be scary. For many, this is the first time your child will be away from you for long periods of the day. In addition, the child has to be armed with some basic knowledge; every state, including Florida, has standards children must meet before starting school. These four parenting tips can help you prepare both your children and yourself, mentally and emotionally.
The children’s toy market is an 89 billion dollar industry worldwide. You’re probably reminded of this every time you take your kids to Target or let them have their TV time for the day. The advertisements are everywhere for all of the brightly colored, noise-making, nerf dart-shooting toys that your children could ever want. But are these toys helping to prepare your children for the future?
So, you’re about to send your child off to kindergarten. We understand this is a huge moment for you, and the first big step in their formal education. You’ve already decided that private school is the right option for your family, and you’ve probably already selected a school, but how do you know what to look for in a kindergarten teacher?
For many families, kindergarten is the first big step in your child’s educational future. This is an exciting and precious time in the life of your family and nothing makes it better than returning home to a child who has loved their day of school. But not all children take a liking to school from day one, and some children need encouragement and support from mom and dad to really begin to enjoy learning.
While you may feel the pressure that today’s kindergarten lesson will make or break their first job interview, it’s important to remember that your kindergartener is still just a child. And your children need a healthy balance of academic rigor and play time. Here are some of the key elements to creating balance in your child’s kindergarten education.