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Welcome » Our Kindergarten Philosophy

Our Kindergarten Philosophy

Our Kindergarten Philosophy Statement


Kindergarten is a child and family’s first introduction to our elementary school – even if this is not your first child going to school, each experience is as unique and different as your children are. Partnerships are developed between schools and families that provide a strong community of support. Parents are invited and encouraged to share in their child’s schooling in a variety of ways.


Each child brings a wealth of educational and cultural experiences to kindergarten. Children have encountered many teachers (parents, siblings, extended family, friends, neighbors, and preschool) before they meet their kindergarten teachers.


We hope to promote self-discovery and self-awareness. Our goal is to foster independence and help your child gain and use necessary skills for working in small groups as well as the class as a whole. Your child will learn how to function well as a group member, how to ask for help and be helpful, how to complete a task and put things away. Each child is encouraged and guided to move beyond his/her current level of understanding.


Our curriculum is designed to address all areas of development (social, emotional, physical, and intellectual) and to meet needs of diverse groups of learners. Children are active learners: touching, trying, moving, talking, writing, drawing, questioning. Throughout our day the children have opportunities to explore, investigate, and predict.


Our classroom is a safe, supportive and welcoming environment. It provides the children with a variety of opportunities to try out new ideas and be challenged with new experiences that engage budding readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians and artists. We as teachers work to help the children to be empowered, to feel valued, to be listened to, to be competent and successful in school.


Mrs. Gleason , Ms. Baird and I welcome your child as he or she enters our kindergarten classroom. We share in your excitement as we embark in this journey together!



Mrs. McHugh's Kinder kids
Genet Elementary School
29 Englewood Ave.
East Greenbush , NY 12061