District 196 Kindergarten Program
Welcome to Kindergarten!
We are excited to welcome your child to kindergarten in District 196. With this possibly being the beginning of a child's formal education it is an extremely important event in life. Kindergarten is an exciting and rewarding experience for all students in Independent School District 196. This website is a resource to help you better understand this first formal learning experience. We hope it will give you the tools to work together with us to create a successful and beneficial experience for your child.
Early Learning Philosophy
The goal of early learning is to nurture the development of children to be inquisitive, eager to learn, creative, confident, compassionate and self-initiating. Early learning experiences provide opportunities for these qualities to develop and lay the foundation for future learning. Early learning should support cooperative learning, socialization, healthy self-esteem and creativity and maximize the growth of problem-solving, decision-making and communication skills.
Early learning programming consists of teacher-facilitated, hands-on activities that address the individual children's needs and interests, as well as curriculum frameworks. Children assume increasing personal responsibility and independence as they grow and develop.
Essential connections between home, school and the community are acknowledged and strengthened through early learning programming. Families and teachers work cooperatively to encourage and support children and their unique journey of lifelong learning.
Early Learning Beliefs
- Early childhood is a remarkable time of psychological, physical, social and academic development as many pathways of learning are being established. Learning is a social process where children learn through play, exploration and inquiry.
- Families are a child's first and most influential teacher. Each child has unique strengths, which benefit and enrich their family, school and community.
- Children thrive in a safe environment where their needs are met through mutual respect, nurturing and consistency.
- Strong family, school and community partnerships help ensure a child's success in school and beyond.