Yount 5’s May Be an Option to Consider
Age is Only One Factor
Not sure if your child is ready for kindergarten? Parents often struggle with this question. Young 5 programs are specially created for the child who is younger age-wise than the average kindergartner.
Children who turn five between September 1 and December 1 are often good candidates for this program. The only requirement is for parents to sign a parent waiver. However, not all schools accept waivers so be sure to research your options.
Young 5 classes provide support for younger learners who may benefit from the gift of an additional year. These programs help children adjust to the social and academic demands of school in a fun and hands-on environment.
A Gift of Time
A young 5 curriculum provides this ‘gift of time’ so that teachers can help younger learners develop the social, motor, and academic skills necessary to succeed in kindergarten and be age-appropriate and better prepared for elementary/middle school/and beyond.
Students who complete their first year in a young 5 program are promoted to kindergarten the following year along with their young 5 peers.
“I love the school. My child does as well. We definitely love the Young 5’s teacher. She does a great job & I love her communication ability. She is great with my child!” –Paramount Charter Academy Parent
The Kindergarten of Today is Different from Our Kindergarten
From my Kindergarten days, I seem to remember it involving heavy amounts of glue, crayons and snack times. No doubt about it, today’s Kindergarten structure and expectations have changed.
If your child is ready for a more rigorous school day, then kindergarten may be the right choice.
Kindergarten moves at a faster pace than most Young 5 programs. Children should enter kindergarten with the basic personal, social, emotional, language, motor, and academic skills necessary to succeed in school.
Guidance from National Heritage Academies
National Heritage Academies has two area schools – both with Young 5’s and kindergarten programs.
Paramount Charter Academy, located in Kalamazoo, and Endeavor Charter Academy, located in Springfield/Battle Creek, are tuition-free, public charter schools managed by National Heritage Academies.
Any student who meets the age requirements may attend charter schools. They are held to the same standards as other public school districts.
Paramount Charter Academy and Endeavor Charter Academy never set limits on how much your child can achieve and strive to create endless opportunities for your child to become their best. They offer healthy and balanced breakfast and lunch to all students and before and they have sports and clubs, as well as music and art courses.