All About Kindergarten

What can I expect from kindergarten at Methow Valley Elementary?

According to many experienced kindergarten teachers, the beginning of the school year in Kindergarten will look and feel more like pre-school, and the end of the year will look and feel more like first grade. Kindergarten is a transition year

Because kindergarten is an introductory year into the formal school system, when students often first develop learning habits and attitudes, it is a particularly important transition time. We hope that the detailed information here will help families understand their role in the process, and also help place kindergarten into a developmental context.

At Methow Valley Elementary, we recognize these Guiding Principles for High-Quality Kindergarten (as adapted from the WA State FDK Guide):

  • Families are a child’s first and most important teachers. Collaboration among families, schools and communities supports each child’s academic, social and emotional development.
  • Children thrive when they have secure relationships with adults and are supported environments that are safe, positive and age appropriate.
  • Children learn best through active participation in processes of discovery, interaction, creativity, problem solving, conversation, and play.
  • High-quality kindergarten provides developmentally appropriate and academically rigorous learning opportunities that are balanced between child-initiated and teacher-guided activities.
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End of 1st Semester - Thursday, January 24, 2019: All MVSD Schools Operating on Early Release Schedule. Professional Development Day - Friday, January 25, 2019: All MVSD Schools and the District Office will be Closed to the Public