So here you are.
This marks the beginning of an exciting journey for your child—one that will shape the person they become. It’s kind of scary, isn’t it, to realize that you can’t control everything in your child’s life for the next 13 years? But that’s where we come in.
You love the Lord, and you’re desperate for your son or your daughter to develop an authentic faith all their own. You want her to learn about the world—all of its scientific wonder and awe-inspiring order. You can’t wait for him to master language and communication and the creativity of the arts. But these topics are just scratching the surface, aren’t they? There are relationships and decision-making and history and sports and technology and economics and . . .
It’s all rather overwhelming.
So here we are—your partner in education.
Isn’t it amazing to think that there is an eager, dedicated band of teachers ready to walk with you on the journey of raising your child? Isn’t it powerful to picture consistent voices speaking into the formation of your son’s outlook on life in the same way you would? Doesn’t it give you goose bumps to imagine our mentors helping your daughter understand that she is precious and worthwhile simply because she is a child of God?
When you choose Holland Christian Kindergarten, you’re starring as the hero in your child’s story. You’re the person with the courage and foresight to sacrifice and invest in your child’s future. Without a doubt, there will be rough patches along the way, but when you set foot on campus or hear the ever-growing stories of discovery, you’ll know way down deep in your bones that you made the right choice.
Holland Christian Kindergarten. Choose it for now. Choose it for life.
/ KINDERGARTEN OPTIONS
As a parent, you know just as well as we do that God created each child amazingly unique. Children begin their kindergarten journey coming from a wide variety of places, and we celebrate that! Some approach school ready and eager for the everyday experience, while others thrive better in a part-time setting. Because of work schedules and family obligations, the needs of today’s families are just as varied. So we think offering parents options for class schedules is the way to go.
We offer the following Kindergarten options:
Students attend three full days per week and add a fourth day after spring break. Students attend school on Monday/Wednesday/Thursdays before adding Tuesdays during the last quarter. These final four day weeks allow children and families to gradually prepare for the full-time schedule of 1st Grade. The 3-Day+ option is available at both Rose Park and South Side Elementary Schools.
Students attend full days, 5 days per week, Monday-Friday. This option is available at both Rose Park and South Side Elementary Schools.
Spanish Immersion 5 Day
This class meets full time Monday-Friday at our Rose Park Elementary campus. Learn more about our Spanish Immersion program here.
Forest Kindergarten 5 Day
This class meets full time Monday-Friday in the new Forest School building at 900 Ottawa Avenue. Learn more about our Forest School here.
*Enrollment begins on February 5 at 7 am. Please enroll your child in kindergarten by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. Children will need to be 5-years-old by September 1, 2019, to enroll in kindergarten for the 2019-20 school year. Please note, if there are more applicants than seats available in Forest School or Spanish Immersion kindergarten, a lottery will take place at 8 am on February 8 and families will be notified of the results on February 11.
Choosing a Kindergarten class can be tricky, and we want to help. In addition to your own experience with your child, ask your child’s preschool teacher for input. You can also have your child observed with an individualized readiness tool like the Gesell Developmental Observation which will provide a host of developmental information about your child and serve as one more piece of the puzzle to help you understand her needs. If you are interested in having your child assessed, please contact Amanda Brouwer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to developmental readiness, chronological age helps determine if your child is ready for Kindergarten, and if she is 5-years-old by September 1, Kindergarten is an option for you. If he is younger, but you’d still like to consider Kindergarten, please contact us! We will work with you to determine if it’s the best fit. Kindergarten enrollment opens February 5. Please enroll your child by March 1 in order for us to prepare class lists. Enrollment will continue on a rolling basis after March 1 until classes are full or school begins in the fall.
If you have any questions about all of this or would like to see the magic of Kindergarten in person, reach out to our Admissions Director, Courtney Lampen, at (616) 820-2804 or email@example.com.
We’ll roll out the red carpet for your family and can’t wait to meet you.
Already made your decision? Apply here.
Welcome to the Class of 2032!
/ KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM
Kindergarteners come to school excited about the world around them and curious to learn more about their place in it. The Holland Christian Kindergarten experience capitalizes on this natural passion to spark an even greater love of learning that will carry your kids through the rest of their schooling. In the Kindergarten recipe for a faithful life, our teachers provide the nurturing environment, and our curriculum launches students on their journey of discovery. Want specifics? Check out the summaries below.
Your child learns the stories of the Bible and is challenged to put that knowledge to work in the way he treats others or how she cares for the world around her. We start at the very beginning with the accounts of Creation, the Fall, the Flood, and the Patriarchs, and we continue with the stories of the nation of Israel and move into the life of Christ. All along the way, your children memorize scripture that helps cultivate a word-rooted, vibrant faith.
We believe that a math isn’t something you either just “get” or forever struggle with. To build their capacity and enthusiasm, our Kindergarteners learn in an inquiry-based environment that encourages them to explore mathematical concepts that we see woven into our everyday experiences. We then bring those concepts down to the concrete level, and your children will engage in hands-on learning opportunities focused on the following math strands: Counting, Operations and Algebraic Thinking, Numbers and Operations in Base Ten, Measurement and Data, and Geometry.
The Kindergarten social studies units help your children gain an increased awareness of the world and their place in it—including community roles and patriotism. Using the framework of “Myself and Others,” the students learn about history, geography, economics, and government.
Somewhere, deep inside, we are musical beings. To discover and cultivate that understanding and appreciation, your child will sing, dance, and move. This exposure and experience prepares your child for further encounters with music later on and taps into their higher-level brain function.
Songs, vocabulary words, Bible verses, role-playing, and lyrics launch our Kindergarteners into the world of Spanish language and culture. As with the P.E. classes, the 3-Day+ students meet once a week and the 5-Day students meet twice a week.
English Language Arts
Kids all learn to read and write at different rates, and the needs of your child are going to be unique within the Kindergarten class. Our teachers take time to talk one-on-one with your child about the special book she picked out or about the personal story he wrote. Those interactions provide exactly the right instruction to help kids progress in their literacy and ignite the spark that comes from personal investment and ownership in the process. You’ll love the results!
Keeping with the hands-on, inquiry-based style of learning, our science curriculum brings that approach to four main themes. During the “Observations with Senses” unit, your child experiences the way both people and animals use their senses to explore and survive in the world. In the “Kindergarten in Motion” unit, your kids use everyday objects to learn about forces. The “My Earth” unit has students observing and comparing different earth materials as they consider how we can practice creation-keeping in this world God created. Finally, our “Is it Living?” unit has your child compare living and nonliving things and identify the basic needs of living things.
As part of Holland Christian’s 1:1 initiative, Kindergarten-4th grade students use iPads in their classrooms because we believe that technology is changing the way students connect, communicate, and collaborate within school, the wider community, and the world. It will be common for you to see a digital story that your son created or watch a video of your daughter’s Bible memory. The teachers also harness the power of iPads to help students shore up the areas of their learning that need a little extra work or even provide a chance to dive deeper into one of their areas of genuine interest or passion.
Kindergarten P.E. will help your child develop both her fine and gross motor skills in a variety of small and large group games. Bring on the sports, too! This year is a great introduction to the athletic programs HCS has in store for the years ahead. He’ll also learn the basics of health and wellness in lessons with a practical application for his life. This class meets once each week for the 3-Day+ Kindergarteners and two times each week for the 5-Day Kindergarteners.
Your Kindergartener, if he is enrolled in our 5-day class, will enjoy cultivating his creativity, fine motor skills, and sense of spatial relations in art class. To provide a broader context, Kindergartners learn Art History, including the methods and styles of artists and various time periods. With that in place, your child will create her own art that is sure to amaze you. Students in the 3-Day+ program will begin art class in 1st Grade.