Your child is starting kindergarten. That’s a big deal! You may be getting questions from friends and family about where your child will begin his or her school journey.
This decision can feel overwhelming. But as you begin to research kindergarten programs, take a deep breath. You don’t need to be an expert on schools. You are already an expert on your child – that’s enough!
At Learnwell North Georgia Hybrid School, we are here to make the process easier. We’d love to guide you through the options for kindergarten, tell you more about what our kindergarten programs offer, and answer as many questions as we can.
Let’s get started! You’ll find more information below:
To find out more about the kindergarten program, we encourage you to schedule a meeting with our admissions team.
Our students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some attended preschool, and some did not. Learnwell North Georgia’s unique hybrid model gives rising kindergarteners the support they need to transition – whether it’s their first classroom experience or a continuation of learning that they began in preschool. No matter where your child is coming from, our program helps him or her thrive through:
Seen & Known
We want each child to feel seen, known, and supported in his/her individual needs. That’s why we keep our class sizes to a maximum of 10 students.
One of our kindergarten program’s strengths is play-based learning. Students have creative time, free play, and learning opportunities through kinesthetic activities.
Our model is built on mastery, not grades. Children develop at varying rates, so it makes sense that their brains acquire information at different rates too. That’s okay with us! We also partner with parents where YOU are – it’s important to know that we don’t expect you to have a teaching degree. That’s why we’re here!
All of our teachers are Christians, and they teach from a Christian worldview. While most of our curriculum isn’t specifically Christian, you can be assured that our model will not go against your Christ-centered beliefs.
As a parent, you might wonder whether or not your child is prepared for kindergarten. You might be asking yourself: How do I know…
- When kindergarten starts?
- Why kindergarten is important?
- What kindergarteners should know?
These are common questions, and our “Kindergarten Readiness Checklist” can help.
Is your child ready to start kindergarten?
A Day in the Life of a Learnwell Kindergartener
Learnwell offers a unique hybrid program where students come to school two days a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, they learn at home with teacher-designed lessons. At home and at school, students are engaged in hands-on activities designed to help them grow.
Going to school two days a week allows your child to learn among his peers under the watchful eye of an experienced teacher. Group learning helps your child form friendships and learn how to collaborate with others. Here is a sample of what Kindergarten looks like at Learnwell. (link this sentence to daily schedule).
Learning at home three days a week allows your family to prioritize time together. Your child has the freedom to play and enjoy down time. Unstructured play is crucial for healthy brain development, and down time builds a strong foundation for positive mental health.
Learnwell’s experienced teachers provide lesson plans for each week – they also provide supplemental materials that can be individualized to your child’s needs. Teachers also invest their time in helping you be the best teacher you can be for your child. They provide you with coaching videos and support you via email on your at-home learning days.
From the minute your child steps on campus, he or she is greeted, cared for, and known. We take safety very seriously.
Our doors are always locked during the school day. In-school volunteers, staff members, and teachers are background checked prior to any interaction with students at Learnwell. In addition, every teacher and staff member undergoes Ministry Safe Training to recognize and protect children from abusive situations. Members of our Learnwell staff team are also trained in CPR and Epi pen administration.
For reading (grades K-4), we use All About Reading, an Orton-Gillingham-based system. We’re in our sixth year with this curriculum, and our parents and teachers love it. You can read more about the program HERE.
Additionally in Reading, teacher-created literature units are included as part of the language arts curriculum in all grades. These books are classic and/or award-winning books that both parents and kids enjoy.
We use a handwriting curriculum that is developmentally-appropriate for kindergarten students using A Reason for Handwriting.
Instruction in writing and spelling is included throughout the language arts lesson plans, and dovetails with the phonics program as well as the literature read in class. We have also identified writing objectives for kindergarten from which our teachers create these lessons.
For math, we use Mathematical Reasoning, published by The Critical Thinking Company. This sets up students in kindergarten with a strong foundation in math that they’ll go on to use in grades 1-7 using the Math Mammoth curriculum. Our teachers provide parents with hands-on lessons and applications beyond the curriculum.
In social studies and science, one of our priorities is for parents to be able to teach all of their children together. Every month of the school year, Learnwell families are alternatively working through science OR social studies. This allows us to go in-depth with these topics in a given month.
In science, we have written curriculum on a two-year cycle through topics of earth science, life science, and physical science. In social studies, our curriculum reflects a four-year cycle through world history and a two-year cycle through basic concepts of government, civics, and economics. Students are taught everything they need to go beyond national standards in these areas.