By Trista Brophy '22 – Social Media Marketing Independent Student
To celebrate Kindergarten Discovery Day, Trista Brophy ‘22 interviewed Mrs. Jennifer Buckland to learn about SHA’s Kindergarten class. Mrs. Buckland teaches our youngest students and has a true love for SHA as a 1990 graduate!
When asked, “What makes SHA’s Kindergarten program stand out?” Mrs. Buckland explains how the small size enables her to have plenty of one-on-one time with each student. Sacred Heart’s class sizes are intentionally small, allowing educators to really get to know their students and to understand each girl’s abilities.
Along with the individualized experience, kindergarteners form bonds and connections with the other grades. Through SHA’s big/little sister time, the girls spend quality time with older students who serve as reading buddies and pen-pals. The entire school meets periodically to spend Community Time together, and the kindergarteners just love interacting with the Middle School and Upper School students. This special time is so valuable to building confidence in a young kindergartener. Their social and emotional growth is remarkable throughout the year!
It goes without saying that skills such as learning the alphabet and numbers are important, but Mrs. Buckland also helps her students learn how to socialize and compromise with peers.
There are many different aspects to teaching kindergarten girls, but Mrs. Buckland has some favorites – she loves how willing and eager they are to learn and how they find almost everything fascinating! “What an amazing experience it is for me to see them love their learning,” she says.
Mrs. Buckland keeps their education interesting with monthly unit themes. In January the girls learned about bears and hibernation.
SHA’s Kindergarten girls are not just adorable, but also hard-working, passionate, and driven. Happy Kindergarten Discovery Day!