Research shows that children who are read to for more than 2000 hours, learn to read sooner. Invest in your child’s future each day- read and speak with them.
Progress Reports Your child’s kindergarten experiences may seem like play. But each activity is planned to help your child grow and become ready for the schoolwork that will follow. You will be sent four Progress Reports during the year to let you know how your child is doing.
Newsletter Newsletters will be sent home to share with you what your child is learning in school.
Attendance To give your child a good start in school, please make sure your child is present every scheduled day unless sick. Good attendance habits are important to school success. State law also mandates that a nationally recognized readiness test be given to children entering kindergarten. This will be done at the beginning of the school year to help your child’s teacher assess his/her academic needs.
Promotion Kindergarten skills are very important to a child’s school success. Your child will not be moved on to first grade until he/she has achieved the Kindergarten standards for promotion.
What Your Child Will Learn To Do Every activity in kindergarten ties into some phase of your child’s growth and development. These experiences will help your child to develop the skills and the foundations upon which all future learning depend.
- Follow directions
- Share ideas and experiences
- Finish a job o Express self through music,
- Work with others rhythms, and art
- Respect feelings of others
- Dramatize or role play
- Obey cheerfully
- Enjoy books and stories
- Care for self and belongings
- Increase readiness for reading
- Use good health habits
- Think through problems
- Understand and use numbers/size
- Express self orally concepts
- Practice safety
- Increase motor coordination
How Parents Can Help
- Encourage your child to attend school each day.
- See that your child has a good breakfast at home or at school.
- Help your child arrive at school on time.
- Take your child on trips to the zoo, the store, the airport, and on walks around the neighborhood, etc.
- Provide a special place at home for your child to keep his/her school things.
- Give your child small jobs to complete at home.
- Read to your child every day (stories, poems, nursery rhymes).
- Teach your child his/her name, address, parents’ names, and telephone number.
- Play naming games with your child. Encourage your child to name things at home, at the stores, etc.
- Help your child use complete sentences.
- Have your child close his/her eyes and listen to common sounds around the house (such as water running) and guess what his/her is hearing.
- Cut sandwiches, cookies, or snacks into triangles, squares, or circle shapes and talk about shapes.
- Have your child draw pictures of self and family.
- Allow your child to use scissors (blunt, not sharp) to cut out specific objects from a magazine, trying to cut on a line.
- Have your child look for numbers in familiar places (the newspaper, the store, street signs, house numbers).
- Have your child sort buttons, beads, pebbles, or shells according to size, color, or shape.
- Talk to your child: answer questions.
- Encourage your child to listen while others are talking.