AN ARCHES KINDERGARTEN DAY
We start our day with a health check, a warm greeting from administration and hand sanitizer before heading off to class. Then, we hang up our belongings and begin class with a morning meeting that includes the Pledge of Allegiance, Calendar, and a review of the day’s schedule.
Language Arts is the first subject of the day, where we study reading, writing and phonics through playful learning activities. Our class then heads out to recess for a small morning break. Physical well-being is linked to higher academic achievement, so Kindergarten students enjoy outside time as much as they can.
After recess, we work on hands-on math lessons and activities, building a strong foundation of number concepts. Then it’s off to lunch and another recess before a fun-filled afternoon of social students, science, leveled reading groups, centers, and extracurriculars like Music, Drama, PE, STEAM and Foreign Language.
Friday afternoons are extra special with Mini Missions! Mini Missions are specialized classes where the subject is determined by the students. The class can decide to learn about anything from secret agents to sewing.
We then leave for home excited about the next day, or for Arches Kids Camp, our after-school program.
WHY FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN
Research shows that children who attend full-day kindergarten as opposed to half-day kindergarten are more well-rounded as they begin their education. Attending for a full day also shows a significant increase in child-led activities and creativity.
Children also have significant academic gains as they start elementary school and for their years to come. This foundation is key for their continued success; one that we prioritize while your child attends Arches Academy.
Arches field trips are about making connections between the education inside the classroom and the world beyond. This type of interactive learning answers the question, "Why are we learning this?" through hands-on experiences. For an age group that is constantly asking "why," field trips are an exciting way of translating classroom lessons into real-life learning.
Popular kindergarten trips include:
Rowley's Red Barn
South Fork up Provo Canyon
Hee Haw Farm
Scera Theater for the Arts
FROM THE PARENTS...
Roni Law, Arches Parent
"We feel immensely lucky to be a part of this school. I think the value in knowing people and forming relationships with the staff and parents here is what makes a school so great. I feel that I can reach out to the staff at any time and my questions are answered promptly. Her kindergarten teacher is excellent as well and she has learned so much in just one year. My daughter is so happy when I pick her up each day and I am continually impressed when she tells me what she learns each day. She has improved after starting at Arches Academy and I highly recommend it to any family looking for a wonderful school."
We allow students to join our classes based on age, level, and ability. Typically, our Kindergarteners are 5 years old by Sept 1, but some may be ready earlier. Being ready for Kindergarten isn’t just about academics; learners should also be prepared socially and emotionally.
New students wishing to join our kindergarten class will come in for readiness testing, which can include a trial day. We will assess basic math and writing skills and their ability to play/work with peers cooperatively with minimal conflict, follow directions, and accept redirection when needed.
We also offer Kindergarten ‘Bootcamp’ over the summer for students who already meet their social and emotional requirements, but are just missing a few academic skills. Our Kindergarten teacher tutors them in Math, Reading and Writing so they can be prepared for the year ahead.