The Choice Between KinderKids and Kindergarten

The Choice Between KinderKids and Kindergarten
Posted on 03/07/2018
KinderKids and Kindergarten Teachers

When children reach school age, turning five by September 15 of a given school year, a parent’s intuition on whether to send their child to Kindergarten or KinderKids is invaluable.  Additionally, there are several developmental areas to consider, including physical, social, intellectual and emotional preparedness, and making the right choice can set the groundwork for a great academic career.

According to KinderKids teachers, Cheryl Jackson and Brett Eilts, and Kindergarten teacher, Brook Schueller, KinderKids was established just over 10 years ago to help bridge the gap for young five-year-olds and students who aren’t quite ready for the rigor and structure of Kindergarten.  When deciding between the two programs, the teachers emphasized the fact that chronological age and developmental age don’t always align.  Mrs. Schueller shared, “While there isn’t one specific indicator of which level to choose, if the child has had a preschool experience, I would recommend taking the advice of their teacher.”

Throughout the school year, students enrolled in KinderKids work toward Kindergarten standards at a lower teacher to student ratio.  Mr. Eilts feels that one of the biggest advantages of KinderKids is that it turns students into leaders.  “They really gain a feel for the things they will be exposed to as they enter Kindergarten,” said Mr. Eilts.

Both programs provide a great start, and Mrs. Schueller ensured that no matter how students enter Kindergarten, they don’t have to relearn or face repetition.  “We have a writing and reading curriculum, as well as a math program, that challenge kids right where they are academically, whether coming out of KinderKids or preschool.  However they end up in Kindergarten, we are ready to meet all students where they are and move them forward accordingly,” encouraged Mrs. Schueller.

The teachers shared several questions to ponder when deciding the best next step, including:

  • Is your child enthusiastic about learning and excited about school?
  • Does your child have stamina to make it through a full school day?
  • Can your child follow one and two step directions?
  • Is your child apprehensive when it comes to trying something new or something difficult?
  • How well can your child sit through various experiences?
  • Does your child have an interest in learning letters, sounds, numbers and writing their name?
  • How well does your child interact with peers their own age?
  • Does your child enjoy looking at books?
  • Can your child follow directions from someone other than you?
  • Does your child separate easily from you in various settings?

Though this is a parental decision, the staff at Johnson School is willing to assist families, and Mrs. Jackson added, “We are here to help if necessary, and we will answer questions to help parents make an informed decision!”

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