Preparing for a Special and Unique Time in Your Child’s Development

As your child graduates from preschool and approaches the K-2 school years, there are important facets of development that need to be addressed. These developmental areas may be categorized as social, emotional, cognitive, and physical. Children reach certain milestones at different times; however, there are certain ways in which your child’s school should partner with you to make sure that his or her needs are being met in these four areas. So, what should you be looking for? When your child is between the ages of five and eight, he or she should be progressing in the following areas of development:


  • Learn how to manage friendships and get along with others.
  • Learn how to respect him/herself and others.


  • Learn how to manage emotions and feelings, developing self-control.
  • Acquire a sense of competence—the belief that they are knowledgeable and skilled.


  • Understand and learn how to follow rules and directions.
  • Learn to use language for self-expression and to communicate with others.


  • Learn how their bodies work and develop a variety of motor skills.
  • Learn about healthy habits: eating, exercising, sleeping. 

These areas of growth are just examples of what you should be looking for as your child moves through the elementary school years. Your child’s school should be addressing each area of development and have clearly articulated goals to support them.

How does Westminster School address your child’s major developmental needs?

  • Kindergarten children begin to assume responsibility for their own learning, both as individuals and as part of a group. They are helped to grow as critical thinkers, to think and play imaginatively, and to participate in problem-solving activities. Many aspects of the program are designed to help them gain self-confidence and self-awareness, to take appropriate risks, to practice organizing their belongings, and to solve social problems.
  • Students in Westminster’s first grade program develop the ability to solve problems, make decisions, and take responsibility for themselves. The program builds on the integrated curriculum that begins in Kindergarten. The Westminster approach provides a comprehensive, integrated program in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, French, art, music, and physical education.
  • In Grade 2, skills are consolidated in an atmosphere conducive to building confidence and a sense of achievement. Classroom activities continue to underscore the importance of cooperation and acceptance of responsibility. Students solidify their progress in reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science, French, art, music, and physical education.
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