Because kindergarten is an introductory year into the formal school system, when students often first develop learning habits and attitudes, it is a particularly important transition time. We hope that the detailed information here will help families understand their role in the process, and also help place kindergarten into a developmental context.
At Ames VPA Elementary, we recognize these Guiding Principles for High-Quality Kindergarten
- Families are a child’s first and most important teachers. Collaboration among families, schools, and communities support each child’s academic, social and emotional development.
- Children thrive when they have secure relationships with adults and are supported environments that are safe, positive and age-appropriate.
- Children learn best through active participation in processes of discovery, interaction, creativity, problem-solving, conversation, and play.
- High-quality kindergarten provides developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous learning opportunities that are balanced between child-initiated and teacher-guided activities.