KINDERGARTEN

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Welcome to Kindergarten!

*Homeschoolers may want to choose our cottage school kindergarten class

KINDERGARTEN AT HIGHLANDS LATIN

 

  • Parents can choose between 5 mornings per week or 5 full days per week

  • School begins at 8:00 am - Students may arrive as early as 7:30 am if needed

  • School ends at either 11:30 am for half-day kindergarten

  • School ends at 3:00 pm for full-day kindergarten

  • Class size is kept small to allow for more targeted attention and instruction

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and application fee to

Highlands Latin School

363 Route 3

South China, ME 04358

If you’re looking for a great kindergarten program, you’ve come to the right place. Kindergarten is a year of high adventure for our students. It is typically during this year that they will put together the phonograms they have learned and suddenly see a word in the wild. The excitement of them reading that first word unaided is precious.

During the Kindergarten year, more emphasis is placed on acquiring academic skills but still in the context of fun. They learn while having fun, but soon enough, they will transition to having fun while they learn.

Music, Art, and Physical Education are essential aspects of a classical Christian education. Age-appropriate skills are taught.

This is a vital year for students. Through the year students will demonstrate increasing maturity and understanding and an enhanced awareness of the needs of others.  In every way we can, we demonstrate the love of Christ and show our students how they, too, can love one another as Christ has loved them.

Kindergarten students are building a strong foundation on which all future learning will rest.

Students are engaged in a variety of activities to advance their fine and gross motor skills,

social-emotional strength, handwriting, number sense, word recognition, and memory work.

*COVID Concerns - See Below

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Kindergarten Readiness

At Highlands, we are not in a rush to get a great education. 

Eligibility

  • Students should be 5 on or before October 15. For specific help in determining readiness for our kindergarten program - read below. If you are in doubt, please consider waiting a year.
  • There is no rush to begin formal schooling, read below - On Waiting to Start Kindergarten.
  • If your child is clamoring for instruction but they are not ready to begin Kindergarten yet, consider our Junior-K program which is for the more advanced preschooler. Call for more information.

“Is my child ready?” and “How best should we prepare?”

We hope these suggestions are helpful as you prepare to embark on this exciting journey with your child!​
1. Reading Readiness Children who display signs of reading readiness are most successful in
                                        kindergarten. One of the best ways to cultivate reading readiness is by
                                        enjoying quality children’s literature with your child.
Some signs of reading readiness are:
  • Recognizes rhyming words (e.g. What rhymes with “cat”? “fat” or “cow”?)
  • Tells the meaning of simple words
  • Uses left-to-right progression
  • Recognizes some letters by name and sound
  • Distinguishes beginning sounds in words
  • Demonstrates the ability to listen to a story
  • Answers questions about a story
  • Writes some letters and numbers
  • Counts objects using one-to-one correspondence
  • Recognizes numbers 1-10
2. Fine Motor Development Strengthening hand muscles is important for fine motor skills used
                                                     in writing and cutting.
Activities that strengthen hand muscles include:
  • Kneading play dough and bread dough
  • Stringing beads
  • Pushing sand
  • Lacing (cards, shoes, etc.)
  • Using tongs to pick up small items
  • Exercising pincer grip by playing with Legos, small cars, doll clothes, etc.

3. Social and Emotional Development The classroom setting requires students to be able to
                                                                       function successfully as part of a group.
Some important first steps toward this are:
  • Knows full name
  • Verbally interacts with others
  • Exhibits self-control and a cooperative nature
  • Recognizes authority
  • Listens to and follows basic instructions
  • Gets along and plays with other children
  • Can work independently

On Waiting to Start Kindergarten

While some five-year-olds are ready for formal instruction, many are not. Once you’ve read the readiness milestones listed above, we’d like to draw your attention to these two specific areas:
  • Academic: Our Memoria Press curriculum focuses on the three Rs starting in Kindergarten. What this means is that students need to be ready to learn to read through phonics instruction, write in manuscript, and do basic arithmetic starting in Kindergarten. While important for discussing literature, science, and history, completing book-work orally is no substitute for learning the discrete skills of reading, writing, and ciphering in the early years. These skills put a student on track to dive into more advanced work in third grade. By third grade, our students will be doing all of their written work in cursive, have their addition and subtraction facts memorized through the 12-family, be reading fluently aloud and silently, and have a solid mastery of phonics and early spelling.  As you can tell, there is no need to hurry at the beginning of the journey!
  • Developmental: Students should be able to sit in an orderly classroom and take part in a teacher-led learning environment. Highlands will provide plenty of opportunities for delight, wiggling, and restful learning. If your child is ready academically, but not developmentally, please consider delaying a year. Our Junior Kindergarten class is a great preparation year while your child matures. 
If you are unsure as to whether your child is ready or should wait an additional year, please reach out to one of our directors.

COVID SHUTDOWN CONCERNS

If COVID 19 spikes during the upcoming school year, we will do our best to continue educating students at school.

We will

  • follow appropriate guidelines to keep staff and students safe

  • keep the class size for each teacher below 9, as groups of 10 are allowed to meet during the shutdown

  • keep students spread out over three floors to allow proper physical distancing