Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Kindergarten should be developmentally appropriate - Private Kindergarten in MD

Private Kindergarten in MD

 This article in the Washington Post made me so sad! A kindergarten teacher quit after years of joyous teaching because of the unreasonable demands being made upon her and her students.

Private Kindergarten in MD
Seneca Academy was founded on the belief that educational programs need to pay attention to the developmental stages and needs of children. We pay close attention to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional levels of each class and build our programming to ensure that students will be successful. We set high achievement standards for each of our students, but ones that are attainable. This is one of the reasons we don't see the outrageous behavior at Seneca Academy that is described in the article.

Peek into our kindergarten class and you will see students actively engaged in meaningful work (reading, writing, art projects, building, listening, planning, presenting, discussing, etc.) that enables them to gain important and foundational knowledge, while practicing thinking and problem solving skills. While there are 2 teachers in the classroom, students are often doing independent or small group work. There is rarely "mis-behavior," as all children know what is expected of them, and they work to meet expectations. Their work is displayed proudly around the room, and demonstrates a high level of conceptual knowledge and ability.

Private Kindergarten in MD
And 9 times out of 10, you'll see the kindergarten teachers smiling. :)

Seneca Academy
15601 Germantown Road
Darnestown, Maryland 20874
Phone: (301) 869-3728
Fax: (301) 869-3348


  1. The kindergarten program is right on target. How lucky are the students who have the guidance of Mrs. Hauck during their kindergarten year!

  2. I like that this kindergarten class is hands on. I feel like a lot of children learn at different paces and in different ways .I think having the kids work on individuals projects and small group projects is more helpful than teaching them all together at the same time. At that age, hands-on activities keep their attention better.
    Claudia Rosenburg |

  3. These classes look great for teaching youngsters. I would love for my kids to have had so much personal one on one time with their teacher. It really could have helped them a ton.

  4. I completely agree with you- these early years are the best for helping children develop cognitive abilities. I think that a kindergarten geared towards developing skills is so great, and will definitely help children in the long run. In fact, I think I would rather send my children to a private kindergarten so that I know that my child is learning as much as possible!