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Unlike preschool, kindergarten students are a bit more developed and can interact with each other and with you at a higher level.

There are still a lot of challenges that come with teaching kindergarten, but many teachers wouldn’t trade it for the world! Let’s take a closer look at what it’s like to teach kindergarten and the six reasons why many teachers find it the best option.

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1. You get to know your students very well

You will get to know your students well whether you teach half- or full-day kindergarten. You may also interact more with their parents than is typical at other grade levels.

At this young age, parents will usually drop off their children at the classroom, and you will be able to visit with them for a few minutes as their child gets settled. This interaction can provide valuable insight into the child’s home life and overall relationship with their parent.

2. You get to cover a number of different subjects.

Subjects such as:

  • Art
  • Music
  • Physical fitness
  • Basic math
  • Reading

Unlike older grades, you can cover almost the whole gamut of subjects. Kindergarten teachers seldom get bored as the sky is nearly the limit for their choice of lessons. If you want to help your students learn about various subjects, try kindergarten.

3. Nap time

Nap time provides valuable planning time. When you teach a kindergarten class, you will have to spend much less time preparing outside classroom hours. Like many other teachers, you will have more time during your day to devote to your planning rather than doing it in the evening.

4. Special education inclusivity

Many classes at this level are fully inclusive, and you may have the opportunity to pursue a parallel Special Education certification that you can use in addition to your kindergarten qualifications.

Learning more about Special Education can expand your horizons and help you to become an even better teacher, no matter the abilities of the student that you are working with.

5. Quality time

You get to spend quality time with your students, as your lesson plan will be less stringent.

Yes, there are requirements that you will need to make, but you will also have more flexibility than some of the other teachers at your school. Kindergarten is all about discovery, and it can be a joy to watch your students learn more and more every day.

6. The rewards

Kindergarten teachers are responsible for preparing students for elementary school and have a lot of responsibility. This responsibility also comes with many rewards that other teachers don’t get to experience. You will watch your students grow as thinkers and as their people as they discover their unique personalities.

Kindergarten is more involved than preschool but is not as rigorous as elementary school. If you aren’t interested in having a lot of pressure related to having to “teach to the test,” you may want to consider a kindergarten class. You will help these young pupils find their voice and begin a lifetime of learning!

This is not to say that teaching kindergarten is a walk in the park. It’s not. However, it can be an exciting time for both the teacher and the students.