I once had a para-professional comment to me that if she had of been working in preschool years ago, her children would have been much more prepared for kindergarten. Now, I'm sure, as all mothers are, she was much harder on herself than needed to be, but her comment made me think.
I have had 6 years of college, 2 years of experience working with 'rock star' veteran teachers, and several opportunities for professional development on how young children learn. I realized that sometimes I take for granted the things that come naturally to me when teaching children. As an educator, shame on me...
Since this para's comment, I have had ample time to reflect. I have always believed that the parent's role as an educator is invaluable, but now I realize my obligation as an educator to ensure that we as a community are equipping parents with the knowledge and tools they need.
I feel very blessed to work in a community where this has become a joint effort. Our community agencies work in tandem as we combine efforts for the benefit of our youngest learners. Below are a few of the ways that Saint Joseph is ensuring that our parents feel valued and confident that their child is prepared for school.
- The Saint Joseph School District provides PACT.
- Kinder Klub
- Kindergarten Jumpstart
- Destination Kindergarten Blog
Posts will be contributed by the SJSD and Community Action Partnerships.
In order for any of these programs to be successful, we need comments,
questions, suggestions and feedback.
We need to know:
- What is your biggest concern for your child starting kindergarten?
- What times of the day work best for a parent's schedule?
- Do you have suggestions for other avenues of kindergarten readiness that we might explore?
- Do you live in another community and have success stories that you can share?