It starts with one more year
This program provides children an extra year to develop confidence and strong social skills. Our goal is to instill a love for learning in your child. Our certified teaching staff nurtures and engages your child and helps lay a strong foundation to ready your child for future school success.
What the Research Says
According to a study co-authored by Stanford Graduate School of Education professor Thomas Dee, children who start kindergarten on a delayed schedule show significantly lower levels of inattention and hyperactivity, which are jointly considered key indicators of self-regulation. Self-regulation is commonly linked to student achievement. When tested for hyperactivity and inattention, Dee’s research shows the children who started at age 6 had 73 percent better outcomes than those who started at age 5.
Goals of our Program
The Kindergarten Bridge program at First Presbyterian Day School focuses on “whole-child” development. We nurture your child’s social and emotional development and meet them where they are when it comes to academic learning. We want to teach your child HOW to learn and set them on a path towards becoming competent life-long learners. We encourage a child’s innate sense of curiosity about the world around them, and present new topics in engaging ways that allow for hands-on exploration. It is our goal to help your child develop the necessary skills for future success, including: problem-solving skills, conflict-resolution, communication skills, decision-making skills, collaboration, critical thinking, and self-motivation.
We offer a research-based curriculum that aligns with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten (TEKS). Our schedule includes weekly opportunities for chapel, music and movement, physical education, and foreign language instruction. With certified teachers and a small class-size, each child receives individualized attention. We believe that children learn by doing, exploring, touching, hypothesizing, and moving their bodies; therefore, our classrooms are set-up with interest centers and teachers take a play-based approach to introducing new concepts. Time outdoors playing, gardening, and discovering nature round out each day.