Our kindergarten program is in compliance with all state requirements and is reviewed annually to ensure we are using the latest techniques. Our teachers coordinate with the elementary schools in their school district to ensure our programs meet each schools requirement for first grade.
Our Kindergarten programs are similar to the programs provided at public elementary schools by each location, so children can merge effortlessly into first grade. Yet, because of our smaller class size, our Kindergarten programs offer more nurturing for your child then they will get in the public school's Kindergarten program. Smaller class sizes allow teachers to spend more one-on-one time with each child and to ensure an understanding for Kindergarten concepts. Parents also enjoy daily contact and feedback with teachers. Child interaction and playground activities are also more closely supervised in our program.
Field trips add fun and adventure to the program. They often center on the weekly curriculum theme, so the children get to learn about, and build excitement for their upcoming field trip. Some field trips incorporate physical activities like, bowling, rock climbing, recreation centers, and House-of-Bounce. Others are more educational, like visiting the Fire Station, Museums, the Zoo, and the Butterfly Pavilion. Either way, they are fun and expand the Kindergartener's world.
At the beginning of the Kindergarten year, some children may still occasionally need a nap. Those children who are tired can have rest time, but this is phased out over the course of the year.
Our Kindergarten Teachers must be licensed in Colorado as a Teacher or Director. In addition, they must complete a minimum of fifteen hours of ongoing training every year. We specifically look for teachers that are well rounded to provide nurturing, education, and classroom structure.
Benefits of Private Kindergarten at Little People's landing
- Smaller Class sizes
- Smaller student to teacher ratios
- More individualized attention which allows children to learn at their own pace
- An environment that nurtures a sense of community and belonging
- Dedicated and well educated teachers
- A curriculum aligned with the school district's to make the transition to elementary school easier
- A challenging and comprehensive curriculum, including reading, language arts, music, math, science, physical fitness and social studies
- Songs, poems, and stories
- Phonics, letter, and sight word recognition
- Oral language skills, both comprehension and expression
- Write all the letters and his/her name using proper capitalization
- know his/her address and phone number
- Sorting, classifying, and counting with manipulative sets
- Recognize, say, and write numbers
- Count by fives and tens
- Understand more than, less than, and equal to
- Addition, subtraction, and basic math problem solving
- Recognize where the big hand and little hand are on an analog clock and tell time to the hour
- Say the days of the week and the months of the year
- Facts about seasons and holidays
- Characteristics about some plants and animals
- Parts of the body and five senses
- Social and emotional development
- Problem solving
- Before and after school care provided
- Educational fieldtrips and extracurricular activities
- Hands on learning
How your child may develop this year
Five-year-olds are creative and enthusiastic problem solvers. They offer progressively more imaginative ideas for how to do a task, make something, or solve longer-term or more abstract challenges. As they participate in a variety of new experiences, five-year-olds ask more analytical questions and weigh their choices. They are also more social as they learn new things and prefer activities that involve other children.
- The language skills of five-year-olds are well developed. They pronounce words clearly, speak in complex and compound sentences, use correct grammar, for the most part, and have good-sized vocabularies that continue to grow rapidly. Children this age enjoy initiating conversations, can wait their turn to speak during group conversations and are typically able to include appropriate details when sharing personal experiences.
- Five-year-olds begin to extend their oral language skills to reading and writing. They know their uppercase and most lowercase letters, and understand that letters represent specific sounds in spoken words. This knowledge helps them to sound out words in print and write out words based on their sounds. They also can discuss stories and are able to tell their own tales.
- The mathematical thinking of children this age becomes more abstract and expands to include a greater understanding of the characteristics of shapes and numbers. They can count out a collection of up to "20" items, conduct simple addition and subtraction, and identify which number in a set is larger. Five-year-olds understand and use words related to position, such as "under" or "behind." They sequence events chronologically and are learning to tell time. They can also sort objects based on more than one characteristic.
- Physically, five-year-olds abound with energy and seek active games and environments. Their increased abilities to balance and coordinate movements allow them to ride a bike with training wheels, swim, jump rope and perform most ball-related skills. They show mature form in walking and running and are able to vary the direction, speed, and quality of their movements. They can also use their fingers flexibly to control writing and painting tools, dress and undress dolls and manage zippers and buttons.
- Five-year-olds really want to know more about how the world works. Hands-on experiences help them to form theories to explain "how" and "why" things happen. They can use tools like thermometers and scales to gather information and are able to more independently carry out simple investigations. Five-year-olds also use increasingly descriptive language to relay information, ask questions, and provide explanations.
- Children this age can manage feelings and social situations with greater independence. They might decide on their own to go to another room to calm down, or try strategies like negotiation and compromise to resolve a conflict before seeking adult help. They also have improved skills for forming and maintaining friendships with adults and other children. Being accepted by "the group" is becoming more and more important.
- In the creative arts, five-year-olds have a varied repertoire of music and are able to compose and arrange music within specified guidelines. They create realistic art with recognizable subjects and more detailed settings. They also recognize that art can tell a story. The dramatic play of five-year-olds is pre-planned, elaborate and sustained. They are able to perform simple plays, do pantomime and perform puppet shows.