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Thoughts on How GPCP Prepares Children for Kindergarten

We asked some parents of former GPCP students who are now kindergartners in the Neighborhood Charter School their opinions about how prepared their children were for the new school. The responses are anonymous, and here are a few.
  • Two parents said GPCP increased their childrens’ confidence by encouraging them to explore. 
    “[She] was ready, even though she is the youngest in the class. I feel that GPCP was one of the key influences that contributed to this by providing a safe, secure environment for her to explore and discover her talents and the greater community.”
  • “Preschool encouraged [him] to explore his world fully. In kindergarten he is learning the tools to express the wonderful ideas he began cultivating in preschool. I am grateful for what seems a natural process on the path of loving to learn.”
Another said the preschool provided her daughter the fundamentals that are crucial to learning.
  • “I also believe that GPCP was key in teaching [her] that school/education is a positive experience. The GPCP (and me) encouraged [her] to ask questions and seek answers, which I believe to be a cornerstone of the constructivist method of teaching.”
Some parents felt strongly that the three-R approach to early education is not needed to prepare children for kindergarten.
  • “I believe it is more important for the school to convey enthusiasm and interest in learning, as opposed to teaching students a specific curriculum or academic discipline.”
  • “The last thing we would want is to have our child memorizing the three Rs in preschool, or any school.”
  • “Upon entering kindergarten, there were some children who already knew all their upper-case and lower-case letters. My child did not, but he had no problems at all catching up with them. What has helped him the most is his confidence to problem-solve. He always tells us, “I’m good at figuring out how things work!’”
One former GPCP student switched to a more traditional pre-K program because his mother felt he needed more structure and guidance. She said children with behavioral problems received the most attention at GPCP and this contributed to her son learning to use out-of-control behavior to get attention. She admired how GPCP allowed him to explore his interests, which was not the case at the traditional pre-K.
  • “I do think that teaching kids to think, ask questions, and feel confident in their ideas are the most important gifts we can develop in young children. I have seen this done successfully in traditional and non-traditional settings. If children feel confident and enjoy learning, they will be ready for kindergarten.”
Two parents mentioned that GPCP was a good fit with the Neighborhood Charter School because:
  • “Both schools have a community or family feel and both rely heavily on parental participation.”
  • “NCS and GPCP both encourage parent participation, which has helped for a smooth transition from preschool to kindergarten.”
All the parents who responded felt their children were ready to learn when they began kindergarten.