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Kindergarten

Kindergarten Teacher with students

Kindergarten is a special year at Tuxedo Park School as it holds many exciting firsts. As students move through the grades in primary school, they will always remember the first time they:

  • Wear the official uniform of TPS
  • Play on the “big kid” playground
  • Share family-style lunch with the larger community
  • Create art in the art studio
  • Meet their seventh-grade buddy classmates
  • Run the Kindergarten Post Office
  • Perform an original play in front of the whole school

These experiences and more make kindergarten a year full of new experiences, challenges, and triumphs. Your child's kindergarten teacher is eager to partner with parents as their child continues building the foundational skills and habits for their current and future learning.

Our kindergarten program is a healthy balance of structure and exploration, work and play, and learning and inquiring. You will find all these qualities intertwined as we structure students’ exploration, encourage play as the work of childhood, and instill that learning happens through asking thoughtfully posed questions and experiencing the world around them. We strongly believe in developmentally appropriate education, also recognizing that chronological age isn’t always an exact match of what children need. We are careful observers of kindergarten learners, which enables us to tailor instruction so we engage each child’s interests and design appropriate challenges.  

Five- and six-year-olds are:

  • In need of lots of physical activity, including free play, to stretch their imagination, creativity, and cognitive skills.
  • Eager to help, seeking adult approval and encouragement, and cooperative.
  • In the very early stages of developing the ability to see another viewpoint other than their own.
  • Thinking out loud and expressing themselves simply with few words.
  • Enjoying repetitive activities, which develop their mastery over new skills and concepts.
  • Acquiring new knowledge and skills in high volume, so they are still apt to make occasional reversals of letters and numbers.
  • In need of time to attempt their own ways of doing things, even though some of these ways may, in adult eyes, be inefficient or ineffective.
  • Responding best to frequent reminders and redirection that is warm yet firm, especially as they become increasingly apt to test limits during the course of their development over the year.
  • Enjoying jokes, riddles, and opportunities to guess.
  • Developing their story-telling skills, which are heavily influenced by illustrations that they see in books or that they create themselves.