All children planning to enter Kindergarten at Miss Helen's must be administered the Gesell School Readiness Screening test. Developed in 1922 by Dr. Arnold Gesell, who founded the Yale Clinic of Child Development in New Haven, the screen is based on his theory that children develop in comprehensible patterns but at different rates. Four areas of development are evaluated: social skills, language development, motor skills and adaptive behavior. The test is administered by a trained adult unknown to the child. A conference is set with parents to discuss the findings of the test and plan the best educational course for the child.
Children who have turned 5 before September 1st are able to attend Miss Helen's Kindergarten program. Our students can arrive at school as early as 7:30 am and stay until 6:00 pm at no additional cost. Also included in our tution is a daily healthy, hot lunch.
The all day Kindergarten class offers reading and math programs consistent with the surrounding school districts. The reading program is a dual curriculum: classroom phonics and literature based with supplemental activities in worksheets, creative writing, thematic study and special projects. The math program is Saxton Math which is based on learning with hands-on activities and re-enforced with worksheets.
By keeping the class uniquely individualized, each student will be challenged at their own pace. Children have daily Spanish instruction and participate in Physical Education and Music. Field trips are taken periodically at this instruction level as well.
Classes continue throughout the summer with academics, but summer themed activities are also added. Water play is provided one day a week throughout the hot summer for some extra fun. Special lessons such as swimming, golf, tennis, gymnastics and drawing are available as well for an additional fee.
At Miss Helen's our children are involved in fun and engaging activites where the learning never stops. Learn More
For many children and parents, the beginning of Kindergarten is a time of great expectations and great hopes -- and a little anxiety. Even families in which children have attended day care or Preschool perceive Kindergarten as the beginning of something different -- as the big first step on a path that, if navigated successfully, can lead to a lifetime of learning.
Kindergarten is an extraordinary opportunity to engage children -- when they are young, eager, and curious, and when their minds are absorbing kinowledge like sponges -- and also to challenge them by setting reasonable goals and helping them achieve those goals as they develop habits of attention and effort that will stand them in good stead for the rest of their life.
E.D. Hirsch, Jr.