Young 5s And Kindergarten

Curriculum That Shapes a Lifetime of Learning

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy (MGLVA) makes learning fun with award-winning Young 5s and Kindergarten curriculum that introduces students to core subjects through engaging, interactive lessons.

MGLVA Young 5s and Kindergarten students take courses in the subjects listed below.

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Young 5s Approach

Designed to prepare your child for Kindergarten, our Young 5s program nurtures your child’s social skills through hands-on learning and play. With a focus on literacy and joyful exploration, our approach blends care with innovative technology to create a supportive learning environment. Start your child’s educational journey with us, where every day is filled with growth, discovery, and excitement.

Young 5s Curriculum

Embark is an award-winning kindergarten prep curriculum created by a team of developmental psychologists and academics. It includes online and offline high-quality learning experiences and provides exposure to core subjects. Courses are highly interactive, with audio and visuals to help children follow along, and can be taken at a pace that suits each child’s learning.

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Kindergarten Curriculum

Our curriculum is rooted in the principles of how children learn, while the online school platform harnesses the power of 21st-century technology to make learning come alive. All courses are designed to help spark your child’s joy of learning—a joy that’s sure to grow with each academic year.

What does the online kindergarten experience look like?

Our online platform is designed to deliver engaging classes, support students, and keep things organized for parents. Young learners can access tools to help them become stronger readers, build skills through games, and recharge with their learning companion, Strider the Fox. Watch the demo videos to see how it works.

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What are the differences between kindergarten and young 5s?

This chart shows the differences you can expect between these two similar programs so you can determine which is the right fit for your child.

KindergartenYoung 5s
Enrollment Age5 years old by September 15 years old by December 1
Length of Program1 Year2 Years (K Prep, then K)
CurriculumK12 Traditional Kindergarten.K12 Embark Curriculum for the first year.
Focus of StudyReading, writing, math, science, and social studies.Play-based learning to develop social and motor skills in math, reading, science, social studies, art, and music during Year 1. Traditional kindergarten focus of study during Year 2.
Benefits of ParticipationBuild foundational skills in core academic areas.Gain an extra year of social and emotional growth with additional time for math and reading support designed to set students up for success in kindergarten and beyond.

How do I know if my student is ready for kindergarten?

Knowing when your child is ready for kindergarten involves weighing social skills and what they’ve already learned. To help gauge your child’s academic readiness, take a look at the following list. Can your student perform most of these skills?

If you responded no to five or more, kindergarten prep may be the right option for your student.

Can your child:

Name and recognize 5 colors?

Name and recognize 10 letters?

Recognize their name in print?

Write most or all letters in their first name?

Follow 2-step instructions?

Identify numbers from 1–10?

Count and order objects from 1–10?

Draw a line and closed circle?

Use scissors and pencils or crayons with control?

Order 3 things in a sequence or repeat a simple pattern?


Did your student attend preschool?

Meet Demonty

Demonty is a kindergarten student building his confidence and growing academically with online school. His mom Janell wanted an option where she could be more involved as well as have the extra support to keep him on track. Demonty loves to explore outside, read books, and make friends while playing sports.

Explore a Day in the Life of Demonty

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Explore Our Course

*The K12 course descriptions are a complete list of the courses that K12 provides. While MGLVA offers a comprehensive selection of courses, not every K12 course is available to MGLVA students. Information on specific courses is provided upon enrollment. For details, please ask your Personal Admissions Liaison (PAL) during the enrollment process.