Kindergarten at Waterloo Christian School

Where children fall in love with learning

Kindergarten is an exciting time for you and your son or daughter. It’s a year filled with many firsts, a time when friendships develop, routines begin to form, and values start to take hold.

While you’re looking forward to the year ahead, you may have some apprehension: How will my child behave in a structured environment? Will they enjoy school? Will they thrive? 

At Waterloo Christian School, we understand your concerns and work hard to bring out the best in every child — academically, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Rest assured, your child will be known and cared for, and equally important, will find their love of learning.

Learning Environment
Program Schedule
Meet a Teacher

Visit Our Private Christian Kindergarten

Sign up to attend one of our Discovery Day events, where you’ll have the chance to take a group tour of our campus and meet our head of school, teachers, parents, and current students. Schedule your Discovery Day online or contact our Admissions Department at (319) 235-9309 to reserve your spot.

An encouraging and engaging environment

Our kindergarten program is designed to be a collaborative experience, where your child will learn to work with others while developing their faith. Our kindergartners excel with:

Care and support

Teachers at our private Christian kindergarten love Jesus and see their position as a calling from the Lord, to be an example of His love.

Biblical teachings

Through the sharing of Bible stories, verses, songs, and prayer, children learn Christian values and how to apply them to their lives.

Hands-on learning

We keep children engaged by complementing traditional instruction with play, interactive, and experiential activities, such as outdoor exploration, crafts, and movement.

Stimulating activities

From the playground to gaga ball pit, library to gym, our spaces are designed to engage kindergartners and encourage learning.

Outstanding education and care

“I am so confident that my children are in the best of hands for their education and daily care.”

– Elementary School Parent
Sincere concern and love

“We appreciate the sincere concern and love that they demonstrate for our child. We are so happy to be at Waterloo Christian!”

– Elementary School Parent
Structure and Routine

The first few weeks of kindergarten are focused on getting children accustomed to classroom routines and expectations. This helps them feel confident and comfortable regardless of their past school experiences. This structured approach also helps prepare students for elementary school.

Balanced Instruction

Kindergartners benefit from multiple instructional techniques that make learning fun. We engage them in age-appropriate standards of learning in math, reading, phonics, science, social studies, and Bible. At this grade, your child will also participate in physical education, art, music, and library.

Limited Screen Time

While there is some technology integration in kindergarten and elementary school, overall, screen time is minimal. The focus is on person-to-person interactions that encourage children’s focus and social skills development.

Safety Measures

Our nurturing kindergarten teachers create a supportive atmosphere to help each child flourish. Within the classroom, there is a paraeducator, who is able to provide an extra set of eyes to promote student safety as well. Additionally, our building is kept locked throughout the day, and any visitors must go to the front office to be given entry.

Kindergarten Schedule

Our kindergarten is a traditional Monday through Friday, full-day program that follows the school calendar. Kindergarten school dropoff is 7:30-8 a.m, while pickup is at 3 p.m.

Daily Activities

What does a day in the life of a child at our private kindergarten in Waterloo, Iowa, look like? Below is a sample schedule that will give you an idea of what your child will be doing each day.

Morning Schedule

  • Arrival 
  • Opening
  • Reading large groups 
  • Reading small groups 
  • Bathroom break 
  • Morning recess
  • Math

Afternoon Schedule

  • Lunch and afternoon recess 
  • Specials
  • Bathroom break 
  • Bible 
  • Snack and quiet time 
  • Science/social studies 
  • Afternoon centers
Extended Care

We offer a kindergarten after-school program that provides children with an opportunity for extra play and allows parents extended time for pickups. This program is available from 3-4:30 p.m.

Meet a Teacher

NAME: Jennie Knapp
DEGREE: Elementary Education and Early Childhood
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: Jennies has worked with children in many different capacities for the last 19 years. Prior to coming to WCS she worked as preschool director for five years.
“I love the littles and the wonder in their eyes. They love to learn, and they soak it all up like little sponges! I love that I can be silly with them as we sing and dance, but my greatest privilege is teaching them about Jesus and who He is!”

Get Ready for Kindergarten

Discover why families choose Waterloo Christian School’s kindergarten program.

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