Village Learning Center

Democracy - Community - Pursuit of Happiness

The Village Sudbury School is democratically run by students and staff. Students pursue whatever subjects interest them, in groups or individually, and learn informally along the way -- even as they play.

Academics in Kindergarten

I'm not sure about other areas, but the schools in Whittier have all transitioned from half-day to all-day kindergarten in the last several years. They were just phasing in the day-long option when my daughter Clare (now in 7th grade) was in kindergarten -- it's no longer optional.

When I have substitute-taught kindergarten classes, I have seen some that included a little playtime besides recess, and some that expected them to sit still almost all day with lots of worksheets. All of them included at least some worksheets, and only the best explicitly set aside extra time for play inside the classroom.

This article from The Atlantic provides an enticing glimpse into a saner, more humane approach to school for 5 and 6 year olds:

"The Joyful, Illiterate Kindergartners of Finland"