Martin Luther states, “When schools flourish, all flourishes.” Students enrolled in Young Five kindergarten will truly flourish. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities designed to help them make the adjustment to the school environment and working in a group. It is important that children learn to function well in the classroom environment. This includes getting along with other children and cooperating with adults other than their own parents. These students learn to take turns and wait without interrupting, and participate in other activities that teach thinking, reasoning, and decision making skills. They also work diligently to develop their listening skills, social/emotional skills, literacy, language, mathematical reasoning, and knowledge acquisition through a thematic approach.
A thematic approach is used to foster critical thinking skills and to give a hands-on approach for the emergent reader. The development of fine motor skills in preparation for kindergarten is an important part of Young Five kindergarten. The program includes activities that strengthen muscle development as well. Students also have many opportunities to use pencils, crayons, and scissors and are instructed and guided as to their proper usage. Research shows that children must first have a strong base in language: rhyming, patterning, playing with words, and listening to stories. Students will also be exposed to Religion, Library, Art, Music, PE and Technology. From the first day till the last, young 5 kindergarten students are saturated with these concepts in a fun, yet challenging way.
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