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Letter: What school is best for your child?

MARTHA LUBBEN Worthington Christian School WORTHINGTON -- Kindergarten open house season is upon us. Over the next several weeks, local schools will be inviting parents of 5-years-olds to come for a visit. Most parents will then be handed an enro...

MARTHA LUBBEN
Worthington Christian School

WORTHINGTON - Kindergarten open house season is upon us. Over the next several weeks, local schools will be inviting parents of 5-years-olds to come for a visit. Most parents will then be handed an enrollment form to fill out.
Parents, have you thought about what is best for your child - public school, home school or Christian school? Have you asked yourself, “What place would provide a good education for my child?” or “What place would be the best fit for my child?”Have you considered what factors are important to you and your child? Many parents never give much thought to where and how their child will be educated in the next 13 years; they just send them off to school.
Parents: If your child is ready to start the learning journey, please consider the four “Whats of Education” when looking at schools.

  • The first “What of Education”: What will your child learn? 

Parents need to examine the academics of a school. Look at what is being taught. Does it cover writing, reading and math, or go beyond the basics by introducing children to the wonders of science and exploring our marvelous world? Consider the level of instruction. Will this level motivate and challenge your child, or will they be bored? What will happen if your child is struggling? What help will they be given? A great way to answer some of these questions would be to refer to the educational checklist and the goals for the kindergarten room.

  • The second “What of Education”: What will affect your child’s learning? 

Parents should check out the classroom environment. Does it enhance the learning of your child ,or is it only for looks? Another factor to consider is learning style. Every child has a different learning style. Will the school/classroom accommodate your child’s learning style? Parents should also make sure the school is capable of handling challenges in learning, behavior or physical needs. 

  • The third “What of Education”: What social contacts will there be? 

Some questions parents might want to consider are: Is diversity important? Do particular friends need to be in the same classroom? Will my child be able to handle a large group environment, or is a small group environment better? 

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  • The fourth important “What of Education”: What is at the center of your child’s education? Parents, what do you feel should be the basis for what is being taught at your child’s school? Worthington Christian School has Christ as the center. Christ is important in subjects that are taught, rules that are set, social interaction and extracurricular activities. 

The goal of Worthington Christian School is to educate children in the light of God’s word and to prepare them for a life of service to God, His creation and to their community. If this goal peaks your interest or addresses priorities you may have for your child’s education, come and visit the Worthington Christian School Kindergarten classroom at 1770 Eleanor St. from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday. We would love to visit with you about the unique opportunities that await your child at school.

Martha Lubben is the Worthington Christian School kindergarten teacher.

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