Welcome to the Southside Ashpole Elementary School Kindergarten
We would like to welcome you to our kindergarten program. Kindergarten is an amazing year filled growth and development in all areas as well as exploration and fun. The program is full day (7 hours) and follows the recommended guidelines for a full day kindergarten program as outlined by the North Carolina Department of Education. In comparison to the more traditional half day programs we see many advantages. The student-teacher ratio is very low which affords our children a quality education.The small class size allows the teacher to spend time getting to know each child and understand how we can meet individual needs. The longer day provides more opportunities for observation and record keeping, more frequent reporting and meetings with parents. Students have time to complete activities at a more relaxed pace with project based hands-on learning in addition to allowing additional time for student exploration.It is important for us to point out that it is not the goal of a full day kindergarten to introduce 1st grade curriculum to kindergarten age children. Since one of the strengths of the program is allowing each child to develop at their own rate we feel that it is crucial to keep academic goals developmentally appropriate. Having a longer day allows the teacher more time to record and observe children’s behavior and set individual goals to for each child.The goal of this program is to teach kindergarten objectives more completely allowing time for related discoveries which enrich activities and experiences.Using the above philosophy the teacher will work with parent and child to make the kindergarten experience an exciting and rewarding start to formal education. Visitors to the program are welcome.