Our Kinder-GARDEN Cohort meets on Monday mornings from 10:00 -11:00am at Ridgewood Church in Minnetonka.
Why do we call it Kinder-GARDEN?
We value helping students grow both academically as well as in character. Each student grows at their own rate and we want to help each student discover how to grow.
The Kinder-GARDEN Cohort will be Montessori style to give students a chance to explore and learn together and at their own pace.
Each week we will have a read-a-loud led by one of our student leaders and at least one large group activity.
Students who participate in the Kinder-GARDEN cohort will be given an Arrow Kids Academy mailbox. We will be spending time each week helping the students to write a letter to other students to help them build the skills of writing letters (or coloring a picture for the letter) and how to build friendships.
By registering for the Kinder-GARDEN cohort, you are committing to participating each Monday from 10-11am.
We will meet September 11th, 18th, 25th
October 2nd, 16th, 23rd, 30th
November 6th, 13th, 27th
December 4th, 11th, 18th
October 9th and November 20th we will not meet in person. These dates are part of our rest week, you can learn more about why we plan regular rest time in our schedule in this blog post.
We will be hosting learning experiences most Mondays starting at 11:00. Your family is welcome to join any of the learning experiences but will need to register for the learning experiences you would like to attend. (These learning experiences will be posted later this summer.) If you would like to attend all of the Monday learning experiences this fall, the Make Believe Monday cohort may be a good fit for your family. During the cohort interview we can discuss what the best fit for your family will be.
To participate in our Kinder-GARDEN Cohort, please fill out the cohort application. After the application is completed, we will schedule an interview. The purpose of the interview is to discuss the track that your student(s) will want to focus on this fall and to make sure that the cohort will be a good fit for your family.
Learning Objectives for the 23-24 School year:
We will be introducing/ developing these concepts:
Social/Emotional ~ How to be a friend, feelings, encouraging others and taking turns
General ~ Time, Days of the week and month, money skills
Math ~ Number Line, Graphs, Place Value, Number Sentences, Friendly #’s, Intro to addition, subtraction, division and multiplication.
Language Arts~ Letter sounds, uppercase & lowercase (when to use them), identifying vowel sounds, identifying initial, medial and final consonant sounds, blends, word families, CVC words, vowel pairs, diagraphs, diphthongs, spelling, reading comprehension, retelling and sequencing.
To register for the Kinder-GARDEN cohort first complete the cohort application, (use the link above) then you can register here to join us for the Kinder-GARDEN Cohort.
Kinder-GARDEN Cohort FAQ's
Can we join the Kinder-GARDEN Cohort just for the fall or spring semester?
Yes, you do not have to have participated in the Kinder-GARDEN cohort this fall in order to join us in the spring. We have families register one semester at a time to give families a chance to adjust their schedules as needed. We understand that life can change and want to make sure families can make the adjustments they need. We do however ask that you commit to joining us for the complete semester. One of our main goals is to help the students create friendships and this is difficult if families are not consistent in their attendance.
Do I need to attend with my student?
Our Arrow Kids Academy learning experiences are interactive and we ask parents to stay and be involved with their childs learning.
I have a younger child who will be attending with me, do I need to register them as a student?
We ask that you register everyone who will be attending. We are developing the activities for 5-7 year old students, but they are easily adapted for younger students to participate as well. If you have a younger student who will attend with you, we recommend that you register them as a toddler so that we have enough supplies for them to join us with the activities we do. Our goal is to learn together so we work to make activities successful for all ages.
I have an older student, can they attend with us?
Yes, we would love to have older students be a part of our Make Believe Monday Cohort or our Arrow Kids Cohort. These students will help to plan and lead the activities for the Kinder-GARDEN Cohort. Find out more about the Make Believe Monday Cohort and Arrow Kids Cohort here.
Are there scholarships available to help lower the cost of participating in the cohorts?
We never want finances to keep families from joining us. We know that it can be a burden on families especially those with multiple children so we want to work with you to help make it possible. We offer 50% off all our learning experiences and cohorts to Arrow Kids Family members. You can learn more about our memberships here. If you are in need of financial support beyond the membership discount, please complete this request form and we will be in contact to see how we can help make it possible for your family to be a part of the Arrow Kids Cohort.