Unlike preschool, kindergarten students are a bit more developed and are able to interact with each other and with you at a higher level. There are still a lot of challenges that come with teaching kindergarten, but many teachers wouldn’t trade it for the world!
Let’s take a closer look at what it’s like to teach kindergarten and 6 reasons why many teachers find it to be the best option.
1. You get to know your students very well
Whether you teach half or full-day kindergarten you will get to know your students very well. You may also have more interaction with their parents than is typical at other grade levels.
At this young age parents will usually drop off their children at the classroom and you will be able to visit with them for a few minutes as their child gets settled. This interaction can provide valuable insight into the child’s home life and their overall relationship with their parent.
2. You get to cover a number of different subjects.
Subject such as:
- Physical fitness
- Basic math
Unlike older grades, you will be able to cover almost the whole gamut of subjects. In fact, kindergarten teachers seldom get bored as the sky is nearly the limit for their choice of lessons. If you want to help your students learn about a variety of subjects, try kindergarten.
3. Nap time
Nap time provides valuable planning time. When you teach a kindergarten class you will have to spend a lot less time preparing outside of classroom hours. You will have more time during your day to devote to your planning rather than having to do it in the evening like so many other teachers.
4. Special education inclusivity
Many classes at this level are fully inclusive and you may have the opportunity to pursue a parallel Special Education certification that you can use in addition to your kindergarten qualifications.
Learning more about Special Education can expand your own horizons and help you to become an even better teacher, no matter the abilities of the student that you are working with.
5. Quality time
You get to spend a lot of quality time with your students as your lesson plan will be less stringent.
Yes, there are requirements that you will need to make, but you will also have more flexibility than some of the other teachers at your school. Kindergarten is all about discovery, and it can be a joy to watch your students learn more and more every day.
6. The rewards
Kindergarten teachers are responsible for preparing students for elementary school and have a lot of responsibility. This responsibility also comes with a lot of rewards that other teachers don’t get to experience. You will get to watch your students grow as thinkers but also as their own people as they discover their own unique personalities.
Kindergarten is more involved than preschool, but it is not as rigorous as elementary school. If you aren’t interested in having a lot of pressure related to having to “teach to the test” you may want to consider a kindergarten class. You will help these young pupils find their voice and begin a lifetime of learning!
All of this is not to say that teaching kindergarten is a walk in the park, it’s not. However, it can be an exciting time for both the teacher and the students.