Deciding which type of school is right for your child is an extremely important responsibility that you have as parents, and you want to make the very best choice. You also want to enroll your child in the best school as early in his or her academic career as possible, so you’ll most likely start looking even before kindergarten.
Why is picking the right kindergarten important? Maybe you’ve seen the book or poster “All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” So there’s that; but in addition, there have been plenty of studies confirming that even though kindergarten may not teach you everything you need to know, it does provide your child(ren) with the chance to learn and practice the social, emotional, and academic skills necessary for school and beyond.
Scholastic for Parents cites the following benefits of attending the right kindergarten:
- Self-esteem: “the process of helping your child feel good about who [he or] she is and confident in [his or] her ability to tackle the challenges of learning.”
- Cooperation: “the ability to work, learn, and get along with others, [which includes] patience, as well as the ability to take turns, share, and listen to others.”
- Curiosity: an opportunity for “sparking and directing your child’s curiosity and natural love of learning.”
Scholastic for Parents also explains that a good kindergarten should:
- Expand your child’s ability to learn about (and from) the world, to organize information, and to solve problems.
- Provide a combination of formal (teacher-initiated) and informal (child-initiated) activities.
- Keep large group activities that require sitting and listening to a minimum.
- Foster a love of books, reading, and writing.
In addition to the goals above, the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford aim to:
- Facilitate opportunities in spiritual, physical, social, cognitive, language, and aesthetic development.
- Create an atmosphere where children appreciate a quiet time, preparing them to begin a friendship with God.
- Initiate an awareness of the sacredness of life in the early learner.
- Nurture a warm, caring environment that develops self-esteem and a positive attitude toward learning.
Whether you choose a half-day or a full-day kindergarten for your child, you can rest assured that you will be choosing the best early education for your young learner’s mind, body, and soul. For more information on the Catholic school kindergarten curriculum, visit the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechism website, click on the Catholic Schools tab and then the Early Childhood option under Curriculum.
Our top priorities are your child’s education and ensuring that you are confident in and happy with the school choice you have made. We invite you to make an appointment to visit any of our schools and explore their outstanding offerings. Education, after all, is a family affair.
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