As with any new milestone, we understand that choosing the right Kindergarten for your child can be both an exciting and a slightly nerve-racking experience. Here at Woodroe, we strive to create a personable, safe, close-knit and supportive community within the classroom and beyond to help each student flourish and reach their fullest potential. With this objective in mind, we keep our class sizes small, offering a 1 to 12 ratio, and encourage regular parent-teacher communication.
As research shows, a child’s Kindergarten experience is critical in constructing early ideals for the value of education and lifelong learning. Our Kindergarten implements a nurturing, fun, developmentally appropriate, and student-centered education which allows children to grow and develop the essential foundations necessary to set the stage for their future academic years. In our flexible classroom environment, we adjust our instruction in real time to foster growth, enhance individual understanding, spark engagement, reinforce concepts, and broaden perspectives. In an atmosphere where students are encouraged to be active participants and active learners, children embrace the process of their own individual efforts and perseverance.
Our theme-based curriculum and cross-curricular approach are open-ended and adaptable, and empower young minds to explore, analyze, test, and discover. As a result, our students are able to develop strong connections to the curriculum while simultaneously processing and practicing multiple academic disciplines including: phonics-based language arts, literature, math, social studies, science, and art. Additionally, Woodroe Woods invests in regular enrichment programs and activities, including music, theatrical arts, off-site field trips, physical education, and both family and community events.
At Woodroe Woods, we embrace the whole child philosophy, or “mind & body approach”, which integrates academic, hands-on (concrete), and kinesthetic (whole body) learning strategies with a sense of community and belonging that goes beyond the classroom boundaries.
Kindergarten is the bridge between early education and elementary school. It is a year or rapid and considerable change. Our approach is to gradually but consistently accompanying the students on a path that eventually results in adapting to the new rhythms and demands of elementary school. The schedule therefore evolves throughout the year and progressively adds structure as the children become more comfortable and acquainted with the new environment. Click Here to access the Kindergarten Schedule.
Is my child ready for Kindergarten?
In our experience, most children are ready to start Kindergarten by age 5. Your pediatrician and our staff will help answering questions and making the choice that is right for your family. Click Here to access a list of signs of Kindergarten readiness.
Woodroe Woods’ Kindergarten program is very special indeed. Year after year, It is highly sought after, extremely successful, and loved by the parents as much as by the children. The main reason is its teachers, who are not only wonderfully dedicated educators, but warm, loving, and fun presences in the daily life of the children. We couldn’t be more proud of them and the work they do. Please see below for recent reviews of the program.
Homework helps students build study skills and review concepts learned in class. We support assigning a moderate and consistent amounts of homework that are developmentally appropriate. Click here to access our homework policy. Click here to access our homework policy.
Previous Kindergarten families have a lot to say about our program…
I am a current single Mom of a child in Kinder. My son entered Woodroe Woods for preschool and from his two years at that school has made huge progress in both his emotional and academic growth. While his academic skills are important to me, the most impressive part of Woodroe Woods is the sense of community. My son has never been happier. He willingly goes to school everyday and more so can’t WAIT to go to school. I have never felt so much love and safety from teachers or staff. His teachers have become family. They support him in ways I have never witnessed a teacher doing so. I have needed a lot of support as well this year and Woodroe has been my backbone. I love this school. I love their classrooms, they curriculum, the field trips and all of the art projects. I love everything about this school and thank my lucky stars we found them for my son at such an early age.
2022-2023 Kindergarten ParentParent of Parker
Our daughter is graduating from the Kindergarten program at Woodroe this week and we’d like to share our experience. There is simply nothing like this school. The hands-on curriculum and high quality lessons they offer are beyond compare.
The Kindergarten teachers offer lots of opportunities for growth through play, as well as self-guided exploration and time to capture “teachable moments.” Along the way, the children develop social, emotional, problem-solving and study skills that they will use for years to come.
Will the kids have fun? Field trips. Cooking demonstrations. Water balloon fights. Live butterfly releases. Scavenger hunts. Gardening. Science experiments. Unbirthday parties. Oh yes, the kids will most definitely have fun!
The main thing that sets Woodroe Woods apart from every other school, however, is the staff. Teacher Rose has an approachable laid-back manner that puts all of the children at ease. I hear she also doubles as “the best P.E. teacher ever,” and has a fun sense of humor to boot. Teacher Kristie’s warm smile can melt even the coldest of tempers, and she never hesitates to wrap each child up in a humongous hug (while lifting them off the ground and maybe carrying them around for a while too). They are two of the most encouraging, supportive teachers I have ever encountered. I feel completely at ease leaving my daughter in their care each day. The children play hard, work hard, and absolutely thrive here.
Kelli/Mom of soon-to-be 1st grader!
2022-2023 Kindergarten ParentCohen Family
To Whom It May Concern,
We came to Woodroe Woods from recommendations of our friends whose kiddos also thrived in Kindergarten. We are so grateful we listed to their recommendations. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude that Teacher Debbie is our daughter’s Kindergarten teacher. Our daughter is thriving in her classroom and asks each and every day to go to school. As a parent, to have our child WANT to go to school, even over the holiday break, speaks volumes about the welcoming tone that is established in the classroom. From day one, the students know that they are a part of the Kindergarten family and learn to treat their classmates like family. There is also the perfect balance of fun and academic learning that makes students want to come back to school each day. Each child knows they are safe, loved, and wanted in Teacher Debbie’s class.
Mrs. Bridget Britt
We have been a part of the Woodroe Woods community for three years now. My son just graduated from Kindergarten and we could not be happier with how well run the program is. The Kinder teachers, Kristie and Rose, are very nurturing and thoughtful, and make learning fun for the children. I appreciate that they not only teach academic concepts, but also really instill in the children a sense of community, respect and friendship towards their fellow classmates. We could not be happier with our experience with the program, including the wonderful administration. Woodroe staff truly love their students.
-Ebony2022-2023 Kinder Parent
Dear Prospective Kindergarten Family,
When my son started Kindergarten, he was nervous. Very nervous. He had trouble adjusting to the change – and we could not have asked for better teachers to help get him through. The extra attention that the kids get at Woodroe Woods made all of the difference for my son. Teachers would check in with him regularly, text updates to my wife and me, and give him as much attention as he needed. When our family spent a weekend away, the teachers even texted a video of our son’s best friend saying he missed him. It seemed like no time until there was no trace of anxiety at all. It’s the personal touches that make all the difference. My son is now blooming academically and writing complete sentences, which I believe would not have happened at a school where he was not drawn out of his shell.
Dear Sir or Madam:
I highly recommend Woodroe Woods School if you are going to enroll your child in Kindergarten. Words cannot express how wonderful the program is. I am glad that we chose Woodroe Woods School to start my little one’s school life. Teacher Debbie and Emily have strong relationships with all students and show that they care about them. They are warm, accessible, enthusiastic and caring. They always make themselves available to students and parents who need them. So far, my son (Jeremy) has learned a lot and it has surprised me. He has become more independent, confident, courageous, and respectful. His language, and social and emotional development have improved as well and I can notice the changes in him. Before starting Kindergarten here, he was only able to count to 12 in order. He didn’t know all twenty-six letters of the alphabet, or know his upper and lowercase letters. Now he can count to 100 nonstop, and count by tens. He knows what sound each alphabet makes. He can write short sentences telling stories and describe things with gestures, read books, etc. Choose Woodroe Woods. You will not be disappointed!
YanPrevious Kindergarten Parent
We strongly recommend the kindergarten program at Woodroe Woods School. We’ve been pleased by the attentive leadership, nurturing teachers, and friendly community of the school. Our kindergartner is much more confident now because of the support from teachers Kristie and Rose, who have caring natures, boundless enthusiasm, and impressive crowd-control skills. They provide a thorough and wide-ranging education, and the children have enjoyed holiday-related activities and multiple field trips with strong parent involvement. The staff always give us a friendly hello on drop-off and pick-up, and our three kids head into school with a smile!
Michelle and Jeremy2022-2023 Kinder Parents
To whom it may concern,
Woodroe Woods’ approach to each individual’s development has given our daughter the self-confidence to tackle more complex tasks. The small class sizes, loving teachers and staff have made her feel like she’s part of a community where she feels comfortable and safe to be herself.
Tom & Becky Maciel
Dear Prospective Kindergarten Family,
When our little guy came to the school, we was TERRIBLY nervous about the transition. He knew he was leaving good friends behind and had been so comfortable in the environment of his preschool. We had many tears leading up to the first day of Kindergarten. On the first day of school, he hid behind me and began to cry a little, knowing that I was going to leave him there. Teacher Emily swooped in, encouraged him to the circle, and Teacher Debbie began greeting the children. She is captivating! As I snuck towards the door, he stood up in panic. Teacher Emily gently reached over, pulled him onto her lap, and he relaxed in her arms as he listened to Teacher Debbie again. That 1st day, when we picked him up, he greeted us with a huge smile and said, “I have the best teachers ever! I guuuuueessss I can try to stay at Kindergarten.” We are now 100 days in and there are never any tears. Each day we ask, “How was your day?”, and every time he practically yells, “I had a SUPER GREAT DAY!” He LOVES school! By Sunday each week, he gets excited to come back on Monday. He has lots of friends and is devasted when someone isn’t at school for a couple of days. He desperately wanted to read and is so proud of himself as he is finally starting to do it! He has gained confidence to share in front of the class with weekly share days, so much that he even played his guitar for the class to an entire song last week! Art is a big focus here and Teacher Donna will rock your child’s world with the coolest art projects– Bring a tarp for the car to take glittery things home! Woodroe Woods is a place where your child comes to learn more than just curriculum. They will learn to be a part of a community.