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The Importance of Kindergarten

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Every year, in the United States the 21st of April is the official celebration date of National Kindergarten Day.

Why April 21 you ask? Well, it is the birthday of the German educator Friedrich Fröbel, who founded the first play and activity institute called kindergarten in 1837. (Kindergarten’s actually a mid-19th century German word literally meaning “children’s garden.”) 

According to Fröbel, young children should follow their own interests and freely explore them. That’s why kindergartens include singing, dancing, and creative play.

Why is Kindergarten Important For A Child’s Development?

Kindergarten is important to students’ success and helps children adjust to elementary school, as well as their success in later years.

Kindergarten learning also lays the groundwork for learning in later grades.

According to developmental psychologist John W. Santrock, children experience rapid growth of their frontal lobes between the ages of three and six. This is the area of the brain that regulates organization, planning, and maintaining attention.

 Researchers believe that kindergarten teaches skills like patience and perseverance and that learning these skills early contributes to later success as an adult.

Kindergarten goes a long way in the overall development of your child. It develops your child’s social, emotional, literacy, and fine motor skills, which they need to build during their lifetime. During this period, children learn by engaging their senses of hearing, sight, smell, and touch. 

What Age Should Kids Start Kindergarten?

Historically, the starting age for kindergarten has varied widely. In the past five years, both states and districts have pushed the minimum age to start kindergarten up so that more and more kids are at least 5 years old when they start school.  In California, a child shall be admitted to a kindergarten maintained by the school district at the beginning of a school year, or at a later time in the same year if the child will have his or her fifth birthday on or before September 1st.  By law, all children must be in compulsory schooling by their 6th birthday. (Please check your state’s requirements for age and cut-off dates.)

Kindergarten Introduces Your Child To New Ideas, Helps Develop Problem-Solving Skills,

Along With The Following Skills:

  • Learn to coordinate and cooperate with fellow studentsWhat do kids learn in kindergarten?
  • Become more aware of his surroundings
  • Respect for others and start understanding others feelings
  • Develop language skills, numeracy, and reading stories
  • Making friends
  • Receptible to new concepts and ideas
  • Build confidence
  • Improve communication skills
  • Express their creativity through art, drawings, and dance
  • Develop academic skills like reading, writing, and counting

 Furthermore, survey results show children who attend kindergarten classes tend to have better cognitive skills, higher IQ, better understanding, improved social interactions, and develop a deeper love for learning. 

How To Choose The Right Kindergarten Program For Your Child?

Choosing the right kindergarten school will enrich your child’s learning experience. An excellent kindergarten program would offer your student a variety of learning experiences that are fun and learning-oriented at the same time.

An article in Psychology Today reported that a good teacher and the quality of early education make a huge difference. They conclude that early education is a very good investment.

10 Tips for Choosing a Kindergarten Program.10 Tips for Choosing a Kinder Program?

  • Half-Day or Full Day
  • Are you interested in Public, Private, Private Homeschool, Small Learning Pod?
  • What has been your response to Covid-19? What policies/protections do you have in place? How do you keep kids safe from infectious diseases?
  • Do the school’s educational philosophy and values match your family’s? 
  • What background checks do you run on prospective employees? 
  • School proximity
  • School transportation, e.g. bus schedule
  • Special interests like language, arts, and alternative programs
  • School curriculum structure.
  • Talk to other parents in the community. Does the school have a good reputation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips For Mid Year Homeschool Transition

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Here’s the good news, mid-year is the perfect time to transition to homeschool! Whether you’re considering transitioning due to the current pandemic, your child is falling behind, not being challenged, struggling with on-line learning, has learning differences, or any other justification, here are tips that will help make the shift more manageable.

Deciding to homeschool is a complex one, and the switch often causes parents to feel anxious and overwhelmed. However, realizing the benefits of homeschooling, such as customized curriculums, continually updated educational plans for optimal learning, 1:1 or small group instruction, and flexible schedules, often makes the process worthwhile.

Thankfully, if this process seems daunting, there are experts you can turn to that are well versed in homeschooling and who can help make the transition seamless.

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Homeschooling 101:

1) Be aware of your state’s homeschooling rules and regulations.

Many states require:

  • Notification of your intent to homeschool to necessary officials.
  • Specific subjects that need to be covered.
  • Assessments for academic progress. 
  • Parents who homeschool have a highschool diploma or GED.
  • Record keeping and submission of students progress.

2) Withdrawing your child from their current school:

  • Contact your child’s school and school district to notify them of the change.
  • Make sure that every entity is notified correctly and on time.
  • Obtain all records and transcripts needed from your current school.

3) Explore Curriculum Options:

  • Research available curriculums to identify which work best for your family’s needs and match your child’s learning style.
  • Take into account your child’s educational goals, strengths, and weaknesses.
  • Join local homeschool groups and social media groups to help answer questions.

4) Create an Optimal Learning Environment:

  • Designate a space where your child can learn according to their specific learning style.
  • Remove distractions.
  • Gather all supplies, books, teaching materials in advance.
  • Create and follow a schedule.
  • Set Goals!

Be Patient

While you are navigating this new adventure, remember to be patient with yourself and your child until everyone gets used to the change. Without a doubt, you will encounter challenges, uncertainty, and many questions but know that it will get easier, and the gratification of watching your child reach their full potential will be priceless.

 

Groza Homeschool Parent Testimonial

“He says he has done more reading in 2 days than he has in 9 months on Zoom!-eeek!!

Reading is really something he resists doing so he'[s making up for lost time;)

Aside from that, interacting with friends and teachers has made all the difference and he absolutely loves it. We are very fortunate he has this opportunity.”

How to Build Successful Learning Pods

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What is a Learning Pod?

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many school districts across the country are continuing with remote learning for the 2020-2021 school year. Parents worry that their children are not advancing academically or socially since they lack in-person teaching and are isolated from their friends. Learning pods to the rescue!  A learning pod — also referred to as a pandemic pod, teaching pod, learning bubble, or micro-school — consists of a small group of children receiving guided education outside of school through a parent, tutor, or hired teacher.

How to Build a Learning Pod:

Parents considering forming learning pods should consider the following questions: 

1.What are your academic goals?

  •  All-day coverage
  • Academic support
  •  Enhancement of remote learning
  • Learning through play

2. Are your children going to be safe? 

  • Are the other families following the same social distancing practices? 
  • Do you have adults available to lead the pod, or will you hire a private teacher?
  • Where will your learning pod be held?
  • Will you require regular testing for everyone?
  • Will you have mixed grade pods?
  • If so, are you familiar with the pros and cons of mixed grade learning pods?

Learning Pods

The Pros of Learning Pods:

  • individualized learning plans
  • minimizing health risks
  • flexible hours and days
  • socialization
  • helps kids stay motivated
  • higher concentration
  • greater confidence
  • higher course completion
  • greater engagement
  •  mental health
  • support for working parents
What parents need to be aware of :
  • Choosing the right curriculum can be stressful.
  • Researching state homeschool requirements can be confusing.
  • Is someone ensuring that your teacher is following proper CDC guidelines and social distancing protocol?
  • Does your teacher have all the necessary credentials?
  • Do you have a substitute if your teacher becomes ill or quits? 
  • Do you have insurance for all students and teachers in your home in case someone gets injured?
  • Are you receiving updates and progress reports from the teacher? 
  • Is your child learning at their pace and to their academic ability?
  • Learning Pods do not always work well for high school students since, being in the same grade does not necessarily mean you are taking the same subjects.
Groza Can Provide a Safe Alternative:
  • Fully Vetted, Experienced, Insured Teachers/Tutors.
  • 18+ years of reputable history in providing personal tutors. 
  • Learning and Grade Level Assessments
  • Customized Learning Plans
  • Customized Curriculum 
  • Learn from the safety of your home with an in-person or online teacher
  • Learn in our center, which follows strict CDC guidelines
  • Full transparency with detailed academic updates for parents
  • Regular COVID testing for teachers and staff
  • Peace of mind

 

For more information about our Learning Pods and Homeschool Programs:

Call: 310-454-3731

Email: [email protected]

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Learning Pods and Homeschool to Facilitate Education

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Creating “Learning Pods” to Facilitate Educational Instruction During COVID-19

Los Angeles County Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer told school district leaders they must prepare for the possibility that students would need to continue learning remotely 100% of the time at the start of the school year.

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Take control of your child’s education with “Learning Pods”:

A “Learning Pod” is a term used to delineate a small group of students learning together where a teacher facilitates the learning.

Top 5 Advantages of  Building a “Learning Pod”

  1. A customized school experience for students from Kinder to 12th grade. In a small group setting, meeting the needs of students and families by educating students according to their learning styles, interests, and educational goals.
  2. Classes are engaging, interactive, fun, safe and sanitized
  3. Transparency and Accountability: Weekly Progress Report Cards, Incredible Faculty, Sub Upon Request, Educational Director Oversight
  4. Taught by experienced, reliable, and background checked instructors.
  5. It’s an affordable alternative to one-on-one schooling

Keep your child’s education on track! 

Groza’s dedicated learning specialists are here to help support students and their families during the pandemic by providing homeschool, “Pod Learning”, and subject tutoring, online, in-home, or in-center.  Our programs are  1 on 1, interactive, engaging, individualized, and fun.  Our team of specialist will create a customized school experience for students from Pre-K to 12th grade that meets the needs of students and families, by educating students according to their learning styles, interests, educational goals, and schedules.

Are you looking for a teacher for the upcoming academic year or an accredited homeschool?  
  • 1:1 interactive instruction
  • kinder – 12th grade
  • Online . In-Home . In-CenterHomeschool
  • 7 Days a Week

Call 310-454-3731
We can help.

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