Our Kindergarten Information meetings are held every January to inform prospective parents about our Kindergarten programs, distribute applications, schedule readiness/placement screening, meet the faculty and visit the classrooms. Kindergarten readiness screening is required for placement purposes. Applicants must be 5 years of age by September 1 for Academic Kindergarten, or 5 years of age by December 1 for TYKE (Two-Year-Kindergarten-Experience) upon the year of entry to the school.
The Kindergarten program at Sts. Simon & Jude School is designed to help children build on their prior knowledge and experiences, form concepts, acquire foundational skills, and form positive attitudes to learning as they begin to develop their goals for lifelong learning. It is also designed as the foundation for a continuum of learning from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
Children’s early learning experiences have a profound effect on their development. These early interactions directly affect the way connections are made in the brain. Early learning experiences are crucial to the future well-being of children, and establish the foundation for the acquisition of knowledge and skills that will affect later learning and behavior. Before they go to school, children have been learning in a variety of environments – in their homes and in childcare and community settings. Children arrive at school with different backgrounds and experiences and at different stages of development. Positive early experiences with school are of paramount importance to young children. Children thrive within classrooms that meet their physical and developmental needs and that provide a secure, respectful, and nurturing environment.
To give each child the best start possible, our Kindergarten programs provide a variety of learning opportunities and experiences that are based on assessment information and the strengths, needs, and interests of the children. Although Kindergarten programs are critical in laying the foundations for success in learning, the Kindergarten years are also an important time in children’s total development. Teachers, early childhood educators, members of the community, and families should work together to provide challenging and engaging learning experiences that will build children’s confidence, encourage them to continue to see learning as both enjoyable and useful, and provide a strong foundation for their future intellectual, physical, and social development.
Children develop at different rates and in different ways. Each child is unique and has individual needs. Some children will benefit more from one type of teaching strategy than another; some may need more time than others, and/or additional resources, to achieve the learning expectations. In addition, the diverse cultural and linguistic realities of the children contribute to variations in the ways in which they develop and demonstrate their learning. Children therefore need opportunities to learn in an appropriate manner and at an appropriate time in their development, and need to be given learning experiences that are within the range of things they can do with and without guidance (in their “zone of proximal development”).
Please call us today at 714-962-4451 to schedule an appointment for a tour of our facility. We look forward to welcoming you!