Emphasis in this class is on developing emotional, social, creative, physical and intellectual goals. Research shows the lasting benefits of intellectual goals are better predictors of later academic success. Intellectual goals include reasoning, analyzing, predicting, questioning, creativity, and a range of moral sensibilities. These are similar to academic goals which include more concrete skills such as knowing the days of the week, the calendar, writing words and memorizing facts.
Preparing students for kindergarten and a joy of learning requires a balance of skills, including: intellectual, academic, creative, social and emotional.
Through hands- on exploration and play, we engage our students in writing, reading, science, artistic expression, coding, math and engineering. Concepts are experienced, played with and integrated into the minds of young learners. We emphasis the importance of children understanding and recognizing the purpose in what they do, create, and learn. Students conduct experiments in our outdoor laboratory and express their newly found skills in their own creative way. Documentation of projects and learning is captured by the children using photos and video from classroom ipads, those images are sent to parents by their child using our unique software program and app.
Students have access to Ipads and a technology center for learning the beginning fundamentals of coding and for math and logic programs.
Students who graduate from our Kindergarten Prep class score in the ‘advanced’ and ‘very advanced’ scale of the Bracken Assessment. The Bracken Assessment is used to determine whether children are prepared to begin kindergarten. Our results indicate that 95 percent of Gratitude Garden students mastered 90 percent and above on the Bracken School Readiness (BSRA) concepts.
The Bracken Assessment is administered to students ready to transition into kindergarten in May of their graduating year.
This is a full-day program, beginning at 8:45am and ending at 2:00pm. We ask students to arrive between 8:15 and 8:30 so they may play outside before the first morning circle begins (8:45am).