Kindergarten Program

Age Requirement

Child must be 5 years old by September 30th of the current school year and toilet-trained by the first day of school.

What Children Do at This Stage

Typical behavior and development include the following:
  • School-age children have a strong awareness of what type of activities interest them and can actively decide for themselves whether they want to pursue art, music, dance, theater, or sports.
  • They can look at a picture and know how to make comparisons and contrasts.
  • They become increasingly skilled at learning the core subjects: reading, spelling, phonics, writing, mathematics, science, history, geography, and religion.
  • They can do cartwheels and have a better balance in biking. They can jump rope, run, kick, and do hop scotch.
  • Furthermore, they can build dioramas or creative three-dimensional models from cardboard and various art materials.
  • They love to share stories with their friends and adults, and know how to spell, write, read, and understand what a story is about.

Sample Classroom Experiences

Specific experiences include the following:
  • Talk about the world and natural phenomena like gravity, planets, nature, animals or sea creatures.
  • Participate in structured activities that strengthen cognitive skills through practice worksheets in reading, writing, math, science, history, or social studies.
  • Express ideas about a story through folktales, pantomimes, art projects, music, or writing.
  • Develop critical thinking skills through science experiments, outdoor explorations, or creative writing exercises.
  • Develop language skills by expressing their own opinions through group discussions, reciting poems, and familiar music.
  • Build judgment and analytical skills by discussing likes and dislikes about a story or video.
  • Grow in independence and confidently try to do new challenging things by themselves.

Specific Learning Outcomes

Goals include, but not limited to, the following:
  • Learn children stories and songs.
  • Gain a sense of right from wrong and integrate understanding into behavior.
  • Continue to learn and practice certain moral, civic, and intellectual virtues.
  • Learn the importance of obedience through the right motivation of doing it out of love and respect.
  • Recognize, identify, trace, and write the letters of the alphabet.
  • Write the beginning letter of picture names.
  • Say the beginning and end sounds of consonants.
  • Know the vowel sounds (i.e., a, e, i, o, u).
  • Know initial, medial, and final sounds and practice for mastery.
  • Read/write consonant-vowel blends (e.g., ba, be, bi, bo, bu) and practice for mastery.
  • Read/write consonant-vowel-consonant words (e.g., cat, hat, sat, mat, rat) and practice reading 110 DOLCH sight words.
  • Read words that end with blends and digraphs (e.g., words ending with ll, ss, ck, ng, nk).
  • Read words with long vowel sounds (i.e., a, e, i, o, u).
  • Read simple sentences and stories.
  • Understand spatial concepts (e.g., identify circle, square, triangle, oval) and rote count numbers 0 to 100.
  • Identify number concepts from 0 to 100 (e.g., count, color, trace, and write numbers 0 to 100).

What Parents are Saying

Our search for a preschool began when our daughter turned 2 and Meadows Academy fulfilled our demands with its focus on academic excellence and early character formation. The school provides a clean, safe, and secure environment as well as teachers with advanced degrees in early childhood education. We felt that Meadows gives each student individual attention to help them grow as a whole person in a creative, loving and nurturing atmosphere where learning is challenging and fun for students. Our daughter talks about her teacher all the time and in just 6 months, she’s become more active, more social, and her vocabulary has increased. You can see a change in her and people notice it too. I think it’s because of coming to Meadows Academy.
Meadows Academy Met All Our Expectations, Meenakshi K.
I originally toured Meadows Academy for their Pre-K enrichment program for my 5-year-old son. After the tour and speaking with the Director, I knew it would be a great setting to help him transition to kindergarten next year while gaining the learning tools he would need to succeed. I was so impressed that I decided to have my other 2 children attend Meadows Academy full time. Susan has truly been magnificent. She has gone above and beyond to accommodate our needs and made sure they were fulfilled. I would highly recommend this school.
Great Transition to Kindergarten, Sara R.

When we moved from Korea to Dublin, my husband and I wanted to find a preschool that had a good foundation in academics to help my 2 sons learn English, how to read and master the alphabet and sounds, and provide a good background in math. We also wanted them to become well-mannered and sociable. Meadows turned out to be perfect– it has such an intimate learning environment with small class sizes. At an early age, they are doing Kindergarten-level math and reading, speaking English more, and enjoying their time doing arts and crafts too. Meadows helped my sons adapt to school life and adjust to a foreign culture by providing a nurturing environment and a well-balanced approach to education. My sons enjoy coming to Meadows and they are very happy here.

Good Foundation in Academics, Hearim Y.

My son has been coming to Meadows for the past 2 years and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to send him here.  I’ve met a couple of parents who just don’t feel their kids are ready for kindergarten even though they’ve been going to daycare for the past 3-4 years. But we believe we’re more than ready. My son, for example, finished the entire Saxon kindergarten math this year at Meadows. And it’s not just all academics at the school. Their day is broken up: there’s a time when students do their workbooks and then they play. And the teachers make sure that learning is fun. The other day, they did science experiments and got to learn about worms. They have confidence building activities that I think are fabulous for the children. The children are also taught music. Because of the wonderful work the teachers are doing, I  feel more prepared at home in helping my son do better. I’m very pleased with our experience at Meadows and couldn’t recommend the school any higher.

The Teachers Make Sure Learning is Fun, Alicia N.

If you want your child to get personal attention and an individualized education plan, Meadows Academy is the place to be.  Meadows Academy is a warm and friendly place with teachers who are highly qualified and motivated to make a difference in a child’s life. They emphasize the all-around development of the child with a strong focus on values and character formation. My son has not only gained a solid academic foundation which would help him greatly with his transition into grade school, he also has become more self-confident and a happier child. The teachers take their time to go over the progress of the child with parents. The school encourages parents’ involvement in participating and volunteering in a lot of school projects.  My husband and I have been completely satisfied with the quality of education our son receives and the wonderful teachers who have made a positive change in his life.

Meadows Academy is the Place to Be, Shridhevi V.

In the short time our son attended the Early Preschool Program at Meadows Academy he learned so much. He became more social and eager to play with other kids and he became much more talkative at home. We are so thrilled with the progress he has made so quickly. All of the teachers at the school know our son’s name and they are so patient, loving and kind with all of the kids. We are sad to be moving away as we will miss our Meadows family dearly.

We'll Miss Our Meadows Family Dearly!, Sally S.
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