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Kindergarten

Kindergarteners may have small bodies but they also have expansive minds for active learning and discovery, big imaginations for stories and play, and giant hearts for kindness, fairness, and empathy. Kindergarteners are ready to engage all of their senses in learning about their world.  In the language-rich social environment at TLS, Kindergarteners rapidly develop their vocabulary, and they use it to think out loud, tell stories, and narrate their play experiences with peers and teachers.  

The Kindergarten classroom is always humming with the voices of children who are actively growing their brains, collaborating with their friends and teachers, and using their hands and bodies to physically construct their learning. Kindergarten teachers are masterful at helping children develop the habits, roles, jobs, and norms of classroom life—growing their stamina for listening, cooperating, participating, and playing with a diverse group of classmates.   

At this age, children encounter many things they have never tried, and teachers create an environment where children feel safe making mistakes and persisting with new challenges.  

Kindergarten is a foundational year for all the academic subjects and 5-6 year-olds are ready to apply their rapidly developing cognitive capacity to make sense of letters and numbers. They use their numerical reasoning to play mathematical games, solve problems, and describe math they see and experience in their world.  They use their growing understanding of symbols to crack the codes of literacy for reading and writing. Kindergarten is truly a magical time of life, full of wonder, discovery, and joy.  

Four kindergarten teachers sitting next to each other on their playground

Left to right: Taira McKinney, Claudia Bintinger, Aurora McCone, Sana Mahmood