Taking Back Kindergarten: Rethinking Rigor for Young Learners
Dr. Sarah K. Silverman
Kindergarten is a critical place in young children’s educational experience during which emotional, cognitive, motor, and social skills must converge as they grow from curious explorers to disciplined learners. Rather than pushing back on their natural ability to approach the world as curious investigators, educators can create a kindergarten experience that builds upon those skills to help them prepare socially, emotionally, and cognitively for the future.
This document describes how policy developments in K-12 education have resulted in shifts in kindergarten teaching and learning. It proposes a policy approach that takes developmentally appropriate practice into account and provides implications and considerations for education policy related to kindergarten.