What is Kindergarten?
Kindergarten is a complicated year for children and their families. It is a year when a group of individual spirits come together for an adventure unlike anything else they have ever experienced. There are new physical terrains, new social complications and expectations, new emotional responses, and new behavioral demands.
In addition to balancing these new trials, each child is asked to put aside some individuality to become part of a cohesive group and build a learning community. It is a hard task. It is hard for the individual children, for their families making adjustments and turning their babies over to new caretakers, for the teachers and aids charged with guiding and coaxing the brood for much of the day, and for the larger established school community welcoming the new clutch of chicks into its fold.
Kindergarten is a year when all of this is sorted and squished about, massaged and nurtured. Each part–social, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual–pushes forward in fits and starts. In addition, a concentrated dose of academics is worked into the mix.
The growth trajectory is uneven and unique for each child, but typically always forward and higher. By the end of Kindergarten, most children, and the children as a group, are ready to take on the challenges and adventures of school life, one that still involves emotional, social, and behavioral growth, but with a new and greater expectation of intellectual exercise and personal independence.
The growth trajectory is also uneven and unique for each family. This is true for families experiencing Kindergarten for the first time, as well as for those who experiencing it again with a second or third child. It is important to honor each child’s experience as his or her own. We encourage you to connect with other families, share your experiences, and build a flotilla with your many separate boats.
Your journey begins. It will be an exciting one for sure. We are here to help you navigate when you need help. Just ask.