In a culture that’s rushing the development and education of our children, Caldwell Academy is taking a different approach: the gift of time. Time to develop…time to grow…time to play.
Why One More Year?
We are learning through research that many children are entering kindergarten without the necessary tools to be successful in the coming years. This deficiency is due to the fact that they were not developmentally ready for school, which is different from academic readiness (knowing how to write letters or read.) These children are falling behind, and simply are not prepared for the expectations of upper elementary school and beyond.
A year in Caldwell’s Transitional Kindergarten classroom equips four and young five-year olds with the necessary time to develop cognitively, emotionally and socially, and to begin mastering their fine and gross motor skills.
Caldwell’s Transitional Kindergarten classroom is giving students the gift of school-readiness, shaping confident children who love to learn.
What is Transitional Kindergarten Like?
When you walk into the Transitional Kindergarten classroom at Caldwell, you actually see children developing basic motor skills like tying shoe laces, and developing correct pencil grip, as well as practicing emotional skills such as exhibiting self-control. These are the skills that provide confidence so that when the time for Kindergarten has come, your child is developmentally ready to progress academically.
Caldwell’s four and five-year olds enjoy a multi-sensory approach to learning through music and art classes, daily outdoor free-play, and engaging stories. And all of this engagement lays the classical foundation to learning, free from academic pressure