PM YOUNG FIVES/TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN Programs at Loyola and Gardner-Bullis Campuses

As a parent, you play a critical role in your child’s education. It is important to take a moment to examine in how many ways your child is developing and consider the best way to enhance this growth.  Understanding how young five year olds think and expand their concepts and skills requires a good bit of knowledge about child development, and we are here to help you.  Most important, parents must remember that their child is unique and that although children develop through similar stages, age is not an absolute measure of readiness for formal school.  Children grow emotionally, socially, cognitively and physically in “spurts” and often at different times one from the other.  You, as a parent, have the opportunity to closely observe your child as an individual, recognize your child’s needs and use this information to decide if your child will benefit from an extra year at Children’s House.  At Children’s House we continually provide an age appropriate progression of experiences that provide your child with the skills to grow increasing more independent, becoming able to play and work and learn with others.  The following are important factors to take into consideration when deciding between a transitional year and formal elementary school. 

Emotional development is a key indicator of human maturity.  Important emotional development includes your child’s ability to feel secure and to trust others.  Your child should have developed skills to help deal with anxiety, stress, control behavior, and feel positive about himself.  Growth in self-confidence, competence, and initiative to make choices among interesting activities are important attributes your child should have.  A feeling of independence naturally builds self-esteem and self-confidence to take necessary risks inherent in learning.

Socialization connects us to other people.  Cooperation, respect and empathy for others are character qualities that should be developed to help your child understand his role in the world.   Practice in communication skills through music, art and conversation are important.  Listening is as important as speaking and comprehension and memory play a great role in cognitive growth.

Cognitive growth is the mental process by which knowledge is acquired.  Knowledge is a process of gathering information, organizing it, and using it at appropriate times.  Thinking critically, testing ideas, and solving problems need practice and guidance.  A wealth of experiences and discovery helps your child make connections with new information.

Physical development encompasses your child’s entire orientation to the world.  Learning comes through “doing” and when your child’s body and mind work together as an integrated unit, maximum learning takes place.

Our Transitional Kindergarten is small, providing children a comfortable setting in which to refine all of the above skills with plenty of reinforcement from teachers and peers.  We offer your child consistent success by introducing carefully sequenced activities to build self confidence and self esteem.  Your child will learn in an environment that offers the key experiences necessary for laying a strong foundation that awakens an attitude of love for livelong learning.  Please call the school if you would like to know more or would like to observe our classroom for your child’s possible placement.

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