Can you believe families will be asked to register for the 2014-15 fall kindergarten beginning in January? What do I look for in a good kindergarten? There are certain basic agreements among educators as to what makes a good program. It should:
Expand your child’s ability to learn about (and from) the world, to organize information, and to solve problems. This increases his feelings of self-worth and confidence, his ability to work with others, and his interest in challenging tasks.
Provide a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) activities. Investigations and projects allow your child to work both on her own and in small groups.
Keep large group activities that require sitting and listening to a minimum. Instead, most activities feature play-based, hands-on learning in small groups. As the year progresses, large group activities become a bit longer in preparation for 1st grade.
Foster a love of books, reading, and writing. There are books, words, and kids’ own writing all over the classroom.
Don’t forget to talk to your child’s preschool teacher and remember when looking for great alternatives to public school, you are encouraged to tour Iliff Preschool’s private Kindergarten classroom. You will receive a checklist of “What you what to see in a Good Kindergarten” to take home with you!
Helen is the director and owner of Iliff Preschool, Kindergarten, and School-Age Summer Camp program. She is an advocate for early childhood education as well as a business consultant. Her center is celebrating 51 years of service to the SE Denver community.