What is Begindergarten?
Begindergarten is a program offered to children who are not developmentally, socially, or academically ready for kindergarten. Begindergarten offers children a "Gift of Time" to grow and develop to ensure continued success throughout their school career. This program was designed for students who are eligible to attend Kindergarten but have birthdays during the months of May, June, July, and August. The Begindergarten program serves typically developing students. The program is not intended for students who are currently being served with an individualized educational plan. Begindergarten is an academic-based program that exposes students to the MN Kindergarten common core standards while receiving instruction in Reading, Math, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Art. These will be part of our academic learning goals throughout the year.
How does Begindergarten differ from Kindergarten?
Begindergarten is an opportunity for students to develop at their own pace while still having the experience of all-day, everyday school and learning readiness skills. In Begindergarten, concepts will be introduced at a slower pace, giving students time to discover and learn through structured play, and hands-on learning. Begindergarten will have smaller class sizes and will have a maximum of 18 students, along with paraprofessional support.
At the end of the school year, the parent and teacher will meet and talk about placement for the following school year.
Parents, students and teachers working together for excellence everyday!
- We believe that parents are the key to children's success throughout their school years. We encourage parents to be active participants in their child's learning.
- We welcome parent communication and involvement. You are your child's first and most important teacher. We welcome questions and conversations to help you navigate every stage of your child's development.