Cultivating Autonomy and Independence in Young Students

Jan 08, 2024

As children progress through kindergarten and elementary school, they encounter increasingly complex physical, social, emotional, and academic challenges. At TIS, our comprehensive three-year kindergarten program is designed to prepare children for these challenges by fostering their active participation in learning and enabling them to effectively handle the growing personal and academic demands they will face each year. Our approach focuses on promoting autonomy and independence during the early years, equipping children with the necessary skills and confidence to become successful, self-directed learners.

To accomplish this, we use a variety of strategies that encourage children to make their own decisions, take calculated risks, and independently solve problems. We firmly believe in the importance of self-advocacy and self-expression, and we prioritize the development of these qualities throughout our curriculum. By providing ample opportunities for kindergarten children to cultivate these skills, we ensure that they are well-prepared to navigate the challenges of elementary school and beyond. 


Autonomy and independence are developed at home as well as at school. In what ways can you foster your child’s autonomy outside of school hours?


Teachers who interact with children and help them build their autonomy during school hours, together with parents who work to influence their children's autonomy outside of school hours, are able to affect children’s overall happiness, independence, problem-solving skills, and school performance. The development of children's autonomy is a gradual process that requires patience, attention, modeling and support from the adults in their environment. As we create opportunities for questioning and exploring, encourage children to try new things, and provide engaging and enriching experiences, their capabilities and level of independence continues to grow. As a result, they are more able to tolerate frustration and are given opportunities to practice perseverance and responsibility, which improves their self-esteem in the long run.

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