A Parent's Guide to Kindergarten
Sending your child to kindergarten is a fun, exciting and scary time. But your child's teacher and school staff will be working diligently to keep your child happy, healthy, and eager to learn.
Be willing to ask questions and listen to the answers with an open mind. Because you are all working with the same goal in mind (your child’s education) open and clear communication between all parties is key to your child’s academic success.
When does my child go to school?
- Your child will have the same start and end time as the rest of the elementary school and should attend every school day.
- If your child is sick (with something more severe than sniffles), they should stay home to avoid passing the illness along to their classmates.
- In these cases, please also call your school’s office to let them know your child will not be in attendance.
How can my child get to school?
- Kinders who live more than one mile from their school may take a bus.
- Parents will need to fill out forms at registration and will receive your bus route before school starts.
- Kinders can ride in the front of the bus and will be dropped at their bus stops at the end of the day only if they are greeted by an authorized adult or accompanied by an authorized older sibling (3rd grade or older).
- If your child attends a daycare, please have the provider greet the child at the bus stop.
- If your child lives close enough to not need the bus, there are designated Safe Routes to School. You child can walk with a group or carpool with other families.
- No matter the route, a kinder must arrive to school accompanied by an adult.
What meal options does my child have?
- Your child may either bring their food,or purchase a nutritious breakfast and/or hot lunch (menus) served daily.
- If your child is attending a CEP school, their meals will be free.
- Families in need of assistance may apply online for the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch Program. Hard copies of the applications will also be sent out to families mid-summer.
- Otherwise, you can fund their school food account at MyLunchMoney.com or bring cash/check to your school’s office.
What will they be learning?
- Kindergarten will provide a fun and engaging experience for your child to learn valuable social skills and implement important foundations for future learning.
- Your child will be learning through discovery, exploration and active learning.
Remember that you are your child’s first teacher. There are many things you can help your child learn to help them have a great start to their first year of education!
How You Can Help
- General Skills
- Help your child learn to sit still and listen quietly.
- Converse with them on a daily basis.
- Provide opportunities to ask and answer questions.
- Count objects together out loud, and point out letters and their sounds.
- Help your child learn to write his or her name.
- Expose your child to songs, rhymes, and music.
- Read to your child every day in their home language.
- Body skills
- Teach your child to use crayons, pencils, safety scissors and glue.
- Teach simple motor skills such as, balancing on one foot and hopping.
- Teach your child to button and zip clothing.
- Independence skills
- Encourage your child to be responsible and independent about their hygiene (including management of their own bathroom needs), getting dressed and cleaning up after themselves.
- Have your child get used to spending time away from you by visiting with friends or family.
- Social skills
- Teach common courtesies (such as please and thank you) and social behavior.
- Provide opportunities to socialize with other children and learn about sharing and taking turns.
- Teach your child to follow simple directions.
- Make sure your child can say his or her full name and address.
- General Skills