• Welcome to our full-day kindergarten page!

    This page serves as a central hub for our full-day kindergarten programming beginning in 2024-2025. Here you'll find information regarding registration, curriculum, sample schedules, and more. Our full-day kindergarten program targets the whole child through robust academics combined with social emotional learning, play-based learning, and fun!

    "When children are at play, they're not just playing - they're learning."
    (Dinnerstein, 2016)

  • Fine/Creative Arts
  • Library Media
  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Multilingual Learners
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social & Emotional Learning
  • Social Studies
  • World Language/Fun Fluency


  • What are the benefits of full-day kindergarten?

  • What will a child's day in full-day kindergarten look like?

  • What can I do at home to prepare my student for full-day kindergarten?

  • What are the hours/schedule?

  • What are the class sizes?

  • What will the lunch block look like?

  • Will students have the opportunity for play?

  • Will there be an opportunity for rest?

  • Is bus transportation available?

  • Which District 25 schools will offer full-day kindergarten?

  • Is half-day kindergarten still offered in District 25?

  • How do I register my child for half-day kindergarten?

  • What can I expect should I choose half day for my child(ren)?

  • Play is an essential part of the way we interact and learn together in kindergarten.  Students will have opportunities throughout their school day for both indoor and outdoor play. 

    Listed below are some different forms of play that children will engage in throughout their kindergarten year.


    Forms of Play (Dinnerstein, 2016)

    Artistic Play
    Children use a variety of art materials to create.

    Painting | Drawing | Clay | Collage

    Sensory Play
    Children use some or all of their five senses (namely touch, taste, sight, smell, and sound) to explore and compare objects.

    Sensory bin / table with sand, rice, beads, beans, water, etc. | Scented playdoughs and markers |Finger painting

    Fine Motor Play
    Children move and coordinate their small muscles (such as those in their hands and wrists). 

    Puzzles | Stringing beads | Perler beads | Putty | Lacing | LEGO

    Rule-Based Play
    Children follow multiple steps and rules in order to play a game that has a predetermined end goal. 

    Board games | Card games | Games that the child invents and teaches the rules | Sports

    Mastery Play
    Children make multiple attempts and use trial-and-error to try and try again to accomplish a goal (such as creating a building or structure to look exactly the way they had planned). 

    K’Nex | Blocks | LEGO

    Construction Play
    Children build structures and creations of their own. 

    Wooden blocks | LEGO | Magnetic tiles | Pattern blocks

    Make-Believe Play
    Children engage in fantasy and imaginative play, often pretending to take on roles (such as an adult, baby, animal, fictional character, etc.).

    Costumes | Puppets | Dolls and dollhouse | Play kitchen/ play food | Store/ cash register | Toy cars | Action figures

    Symbolic Play
    Children will use one object and pretend it is another.  

    For example, a child may hold up a pencil and pretend that it is a magic wand.

    Language Play
    Children will manipulate sounds and words to “play” with language.

    Producing rhyming words (including nonsense words) | Reciting poems, chants, and songs (including ones they’ve invented)