Why Full-Day Kindergarten?
At Arches Academy, we believe in educating the whole child, which means our program includes time for kids to socialize and engage in physical and fine arts classes in addition to core academics. These, in turn, each impact a child’s ability and readiness to better engage in academic subjects.
We believe in the research that shows kids who attend full-day kindergarten as opposed to half-day have significant academic gains well into elementary school and this additional time spent in a foundational year of their childhood is critical for their continued success. Read more about the importance of full-day K here from the National Education Association!
In this Hechinger Report, teachers who switched from half to full-day reported: “What we learned about were the unanticipated social-emotional benefits. Simple things like socializing during lunch and participating in “specialty classes” like art and music have made the kindergartners more comfortable in their building and with each other.”
“Friendships have blossomed, kids have received more individual attention each day and the academic gains… have been significant…The best thing has been being able to teach every subject every day.”
Harris Cooper, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University and lead author of a 2010 review of all the research examining the impact of full-day kindergarten, found that children who attended for a full day had better academic outcomes the following year, and more self-confidence.
Enroll now to help your child become a healthier, happier and more successful lifelong learner!
An Arches Kindergarten Day
Our day starts with a personal greeting from administration and teachers and a class morning meeting including the pledge, the calendar, and reviewing the day’s schedule. Language Arts time follows, where students enjoy reading, writing, and phonics through playful learning activities.
Physical well-being is linked to higher academic achievement so morning recess is an important time! Students return from recess ready to engage hands-on math lessons and games that build a strong foundation of number concepts. Each Monday we have a Leader of the Week assembly right before lunch, where students elected by their peers are honored for the kindness and leadership shown during the past week.
Following lunch and recess, our Kindergarten afternoons are filled with social studies and science, leveled reading groups and Language Arts centers time, Art, Music, Drama, PE, STEAM, and/or Foreign Language classes. We also go on monthly field trips to add even more interactive learning experiences.
Friday afternoons are extra special with MISSIONS! These are classes of all different kinds of subjects that kids help to plan and then get to choose which one to attend. MISSIONS could be anything from cooking, spies/codes, weaving, archery or veterinary medicine to sports, sewing, engineering, or robotics.
Our Kindergarteners leave for home excited to return the next day or some stay for more enrichment at Arches Kids Camp, our after school program.
It's from this strong foundation in Kindergarten that students become confident learners and communicators, creative collaborators, and caring citizens.
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."
At Arches Academy, we understand that children grow and develop at different paces, so we allow students to join our classes based on age, level, or 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; since we focus on whole-child education, we want to make sure our young learners are also prepared socially and emotionally. New students wishing to join our kindergarten class will come in for readiness testing, which can include a trial day.
What will we be looking for? We’ll assess for basic math and writing skills and their ability to play/work with peers cooperatively with minimal conflict, follow directions, and accept redirection when needed.
Not ready academically? Not a problem! We offer Kindergarten ‘Bootcamp’ over the summer where our Kindergarten teacher tutors them in the Math, Reading, and Writing foundational skills they'll need to have a successful Kindergarten year. Following the boot camp, we’ll reassess to make sure that K is the right placement.