If you’ve been out shopping the past few weeks, then you know it is officially the back to school season. Unless you’ve been to a craft store, in which case it is officially Halloween. As I gear up to send my own little ones back to school, I’m reminded of their first days of school. Thankfully, we all made it through without tears!
Part of the reason my eldest child was so prepared for her first day of Kindergarten was her age. She started kinder at almost 6 years old. You see, my husband and I had a choice to make because of her late birthday. And we chose to wait on kindergarten.
She’s always been an articulate and confident child, so it wasn’t really the academics. Yet, we all know the curriculum of Kindergarten is not the same as when we were in school. The focus on higher level thinking requires a certain maturity that an extra year could provide. Additionally, another year of emotional growth and skill development was a blessing. Thinking down the line, I also knew I wouldn’t want to send her off to college at just 17. So we waited. Instead of starting kindergarten at 4, she attended a transitional Kindergarten program.
Why We Waited on Kindergarten
Some children benefit from an extra year or a different type of learning program. That flexibility can be seen at Childtime Learning Centers. For children not quite ready for Kindergarten, Childtime offers both a Kindergarten Prep and a Junior Kindergarten program. Kindergarten Prep offers additional small-group instruction and extended seatwork for children entering kindergarten in the Fall while Junior Kindergarten is an option for young 5 year olds who have outgrown Pre-K but aren’t ready for Kindergarten yet. Childtime offers a nurturing environment where they can develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
Childtime’s methodology supports that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to education. Their School Readiness Pathway empowers parents to select the programs that best fit the needs of their child.
My own daughter’s successes in school thus far, I strongly attribute to her attitude toward school. She knows with the right preparation she can master any task presented to her. That was exactly what we were hoping for in having her wait on kindergarten. By customizing education to the individual, Childtime provides educational options that are just right for each individual child.
As you consider your options for back to school, consider a tour of a Childtime Learning Center to see if their pathway fits the needs of your child. Childtime: Opening Minds. Unleashing imaginations.
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