KENNESAW PRIVATE KINDERGARTEN
M-F 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM
Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s Private Kindergarten STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Program is a wonderful place for children to continue the journey of formal learning. It is a year for learning, growing, making new friends, and for lots of fun too! Using a theme-based, whole-child approach to learning, we teach the basics of literacy and math. Our students have the unique opportunity to experience the ways in which math, science, reading, and writing are all connected.
Our days are filled with stories, letters, phonics, numbers, writing, and many more activities. We create art projects, investigate science topics, learn writing skills, learn pre-reading and phonics.
Our Kindergarten class is perfect for students who are experienced learners and are ready to focus on developing the foundation of their education. While we have fun during the day, our Private Kindergarten class is structured and organized with a strong literacy and math focus. Students will focus on the key areas of:
Our goal is for Mt. Elizabeth Academy Kindergarten students to leave the classroom with a strong sense of independence, prepared to enter 1st Grade. They will be equipped with the academic and social tools needed to continue being successful in a formal education setting. There is great value in creating adventure and exploration through the environment and curriculum. Fostering creativity and critical thinking through this exploration is integral in engaging children in learning and making sense of their world.
Kindergarten children are viewed as capable, competent members of our community and we want them to be heard. Respecting one another, showing tolerance, and learning to accept each other, as well as themselves, is imperative to personal growth. Through observation and interactions, we guide children to be tolerant of themselves and others. Giving children the opportunity to accept both their successes and their failures will help them be accepting of themselves and others. Helping them build communication and negotiation skills at an early age helps each child as well as our entire community. We encourage kind and respectful behavior of everyone in our class.
The teachers are caring and committed certified educators. This ensures that the students are in a safe, engaging and loving environment. The thematic focus in the curriculum helps to provide the students with multiple opportunities to explore and absorb information, develop their five senses, and grow both physically and mentally.
Parents are involved throughout the day with pictures, videos, and messages from the teachers using our secure Brightwheel App. Our parents love our seeing their child throughout the day and knowing that they are in a loving, caring, and supportive environment.
A healthy and nutritious lunch, as well as two snacks, are included in the cost of tuition. The monthly menu is available online and given to our families at the beginning of the month. The toddlers are welcome to eat breakfast (extra fee), lunch, and snacks with their class. During mealtime, the teacher serves students as they eat family style with their friends. Whole milk and water are served with meals and snacks.
Our rooms are equipped with Kindergarten size tables and chairs, pillows in the book corners, shelves with appropriate toys as well as academic and sensory activities. Each child has their own cubby for personal items, a naptime cot with a sheet and blanket. Parents provide water bottles and extra clothes as needed.
The Kindergarten room offers Kindergarten specific reading, math, science & sensory, and pretend to play learning centers. Their classroom has a bathroom with appropriately sized toilets as well as a door leading to the outdoor playground to enable easy access to our beautiful outdoor space.
A Typical Day for Private Kindergarten students
at Kennesaw’s Mt. Elizabeth Academy:
The First Hour:
The children are welcomed as they arrive and are given the opportunity to choose activities at the various learning centers. This self-directed play invites the children to explore, discover and learn independently with a wide variety of activities and materials. The learning centers include painting, playdough, blocks, puzzles, drawing, water or sand play, dress-up, dramatic areas, books, floor toys and more.
Children wash their hands and join their friends for breakfast. The teachers serve a nutritious breakfast to all the children. Healthy food choices are given to the children such as fruit, vegetables, cereals (peanut free). The children enjoy milk and water. We do not serve juice.
Following a clean-up routine, the children meet on the carpet for Circle Time. A variety of activities are included which reflect the monthly routines. The activities include stories, songs, puppetry, poems, movement, art, crafts discussions and many other ideas to facilitate learning. Circle time concentrates on 5 areas of development: Language, Literacy, Fine & Gross Motor, Sensory & Science, and Cognitive Learning.
If the weather allows, the children have an active, outdoor play session in our park-like playgrounds. In case of inclement weather, the teachers incorporate gross-motor play through movement activities in our gymnasium, such as dancing, marching, parachute play and more active games.
Lunch/Nap Time/Afternoon Snack:
Catered lunch is delivered to the classrooms. The teachers then serve the meal family style. During this time the teachers stay next to the children and observe encourage their eating habits. Once lunch is finished, the children have their own individual cot on which they rest. Clean cot sheets and blankets are provided. After the children have rested and wake up, each child is given a healthy snack to start their afternoon.
Outdoor/Indoor Play & Story Time:
After snack time, the children have gross motor play time. The teachers take time to read stories, do finger plays, puppets and have interactive sessions with the children. During this time, children also engage in indoor out outdoor play, depending on the weather.
All children attend fine arts classes in our dedicated Fine Arts room. The children enjoy Music, Art, Drama, PE & Yoga throughout the week, not only in their homerooms but during their “Specials Class” in the afternoon.
In addition to this daily schedule, the teachers incorporate special activities like Bible Class, Chapel Class, Spanish, field trips to our nature trail, and Show and Tell. Parents are always invited to volunteer and participate in the classrooms as well as join us on field trips to our onsite nature trail.
Mt. Elizabeth Benefits
We are a Christian, faith-based private school.
Specials included with tuition:
- STEAM Focus
- Chapel & Bible Class
- Holiday Celebrations
- Sensory materials
- Four dedicated developmentally-appropriate playgrounds
- On-site nature trails allow ample opportunity for safe outdoor explorations
- Indoor gymnasium lets kids exercise and play on every day of the year, regardless of the weather
- An engaging and rewarding curriculum, designed by our on-site Academic Director
- Mt. Elizabeth Academy’s leadership has a combined 70 of experience and education