Every child is gifted in his or her own way. Some children exhibit academic giftedness, others artistic, or even athletic giftedness. And just as there are endless different types of children there are also endless different educational needs that they have. While public education makes sense for a lot of families, private education offers more flexibility in meeting the needs of all of the differently gifted students in a single classroom.
As your child enters kindergarten, here are a number of ways in which a private education can meet his or her needs.
Small Classrooms And Engaged Teachers
Because private schools are generally smaller than their public counterparts your kindergarten student will start his or her school career in a small classroom with a low student to teacher ratio. This atmosphere is beneficial for all students, but specifically for those academically gifted students, it is an atmosphere in which they will receive the specialized attention they need to be challenged. So often, in large classroom environments, gifted students end up unchallenged and bored by lesson plans that are directed to the masses.
Commitment To Creativity
Social worker and author Brene Brown writes about creativity in her book The Gifts of Imperfection. She says that “there’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people. There are only people who use their creativity and people who don’t.” Creativity is innate in children, and it is a muscle that needs to be exercised just like any muscle in the body. Creativity, when nurtured, leads children to become lifelong learners, and leads to higher success rates in adulthood. Your child who is gifted academically or artistically will benefit from a private kindergarten education which provides freedom and emphasizes the value of creativity in all students.
Keeping Your Children Moving
More and more public schools are phasing out physical education and recess in exchange for more classroom time and test preparation. The pressure on schools and teachers to excel at state tests is mounting and students are suffering the consequences. At St. Barnabas Episcopal School we are committed to a kindergarten education that includes plenty of physical activity. Moving your body is a great way to unwind, express creativity, and build their physical and athletic strengths. While other schools are cutting down on sports and recess time, St. Barnabas is committed to our reputation as the school with the most athletic programs of any in Volusia County.
All students are different, and giftedness comes in all shapes and sizes. While your child may or may not excel in the classroom, chances are he or she excels in other equally valuable ways. Kindergarten is a building block upon which your child’s academic, creative, and athletic foundations will be built. Choosing a private education which strives to nurture your child’s natural abilities is a decision which will benefit them for years to come. If you’d like to learn more about how a private kindergarten education will support your child’s needs, contact us today. We’d love to have you on campus for a tour and to meet our excellent kindergarten teachers!