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Foundations School blog covers a range of topics relating to the care and education of young children, with special focus on development, brain research, and progressive education.

GA Public Kindergarten Eligibility Age Debate: The Private School Shortcut

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THIS BLOG UPDATED ON 4/24/18; ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND COMMENTS BELOW We have received many questions for clarification on the issue of the enrollment age restrictions in Georgia schools, and if there are any exceptions.  There is a way for a child to essentially skip a grade and enter school at a younger age than stated in the rules.  It is not a clearly stated rule, so please read carefully as I attempt to walk through the logic of how to make this happen. First, to clarify, in 2015 GA considered changing the age eligibility laws for school entrance, but it did not go through, so the cutoff date is the same as it has been for decades: “A child must be five years old on or before September 1 to enter a public Kindergarten. The child must be six years old on or before September 1 to enter first grade. School systems must verify age before enrollment.*” There is no exception to this rule in public schools.  However, please note the first of a few very important facts: the only

Don’t Fix Feelings–Coach Them

The authors of the book, Social Emotional Tools for Life, Michelle Forrester and Kay Albrecht, do a wonderful job of concisely summarizing the theory and reasons behind emotion coaching, which is the approach Foundations uses for helping children through their emotions. They advise: “When children are upset, it’s natural to want to comfort them by making their big feelings go away. Emotions don’t need fixing…. Instead, focus on helping children name the way they are feeling and manage their intense emotions. Recognize and validate that the emotions are present and real to the child. Then, connect intense emotions to appropriate behaviors (such as taking deep breaths or sitting in a cozy corner) and teach children to use problem-solving skills, like calling for help from an adult or making a plan to get what they want. This helps children manage how they feel without dismissing their feelings.” Click here to learn more about Foundations for the Future’s Philosophy & Vision. Enjoy a few photos of some social-emotional highlights from this morning, including our school-age students who obliged me by demonstrating a