As told by Clare Heath, Educational Director
“Mom, he’s a Kinder…” This phrase of awe is uttered by 3 and 4 year olds all over our building, every day. Kinders are the leaders of the early childhood classrooms. Their time spent over the past two years has made them into peacemakers, time tellers, code crackers, and story writers. They are teachers, reinforcing their own knowledge and inspiring their younger peers.
The third year of the cycle in Early Childhood is a time of intense pride, a sense of completion. Kinders work in these mixed-age classrooms in the morning. They take the skills of letter sounds and shapes and build words and stories. They build and carry numbers in the thousands! Kinders take pride in their “big works,” that sometimes won’t get finished until the afternoon.
The afternoon offers more opportunities to discover in the classroom but Kinders see their community expand. Kinders move from more independent work to small group lessons. They work on projects together. They travel around the building to meet with other Kinders in the Library or the Gym. They begin to expand their community outside of their classroom walls. They visit other classrooms, take trips to the North Wing and go on field trips. They are nearly ready for Elementary!