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Kindergarten at The Country School

How do young children learn best? By DOING! An effective learning environment results from a balance of hands-on, playful discovery and directed instruction. Varying levels of ability, development, and learning styles are both expected and accepted in Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Schedule

Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year is full-day only, operating on the same schedule as grades 1-8:

Monday - Thursday 8:10am-3:30pm
Friday 8:10am-1:00pm

Kindergarteners will have a Preview Day on September 4, 2018, from 10:30-11:30am. Kindergarten will experience the first full day on September 5 from 8:10am-3:30pm.

Aftercare is available Monday through Friday until 5:30. You may register your child for Aftercare by visiting the Resources tab in StarNet.
 

Prepare for Kindergarten

Although each child develops at his or her own pace and students enter Kindergarten with varying skills, parents may find the following tips helpful in getting their youngsters ready for school.
  • Encourage independent actions where appropriate
  • Delegate responsibility when possible – setting the table, buttoning a jacket, putting on shoes, getting dressed
  • Listen to your child and encourage complete sentence responses in conversation – try to make the necessary time for this
  • Expect your child to speak in turn during conversations
  • Read to your child as often as possible and discuss the stories
  • Count with your child – when you are in the car, grocery store, at home – everywhere – count things you see and touch
  • Give your child one task at a time and have him or her follow through before giving additional directions – putting shoes on, brushing teeth, finding your coat
  • Play with Play-Doh, large Legos, sort small objects, paint, cut, color with markers and crayons – all of these activities help develop your child’s fine motor skills
  • Encourage your child to make eye contact when talking with you and acknowledge when he or she is being spoken to
  • Play outside with your child to engage him or her in large motor skill activities such as hopping, chasing, and kicking or throwing a ball
  • The proper amount of sleep and a well balanced diet help with the development of your child’s brain and body
  • Limit screen time – especially the hour before bed
Kindergarten is a time for young children…
  • to learn about themselves, about being responsible individuals, and about working with others
  • to begin to develop sound work habits, skills, and a positive attitude toward learning
  • to explore and discover at an individual pace
  • to be adventuresome and to take risks in a supportive and nurturing environment
  • to experience challenging mental and physical activity
  • to discover the joys of learning and school

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