A Parent's Guide to KindergartenGetting ready to send your child to kindergarten is a fun and exciting time for families. It can also be a little scary. We've put together some resources to help families learn what to expect and how they can help their child have a positive and enjoyable introduction to school.The single most important thing to keep in mind is that your child's teacher, and the school staff, are going to be your new best friends in keeping your child happy, healthy and eager to learn. And what's the most important way to keep best friends close? You got it - communication!Asking questions and listening to the answers with an open heart will keep the lines of communication open with your school. Be sure to attend your school's springtime welcome and registration event to see the school, meet the staff and get important information about available programs.Click here to view an interactive online copy of A Parent's Guide to Kindergarten. Your school will be handing out printed copies of this publication at their welcome events. (Click here for the Spanish version.)You can also see a list of children's books about kindergarten here.This is a wonderful and special time in your child’s life. Enjoy every moment!
What kinders learnKindergarten will provide a fun and engaging experience for your child to learn valuable social skills along with laying down important foundations for future learning. Your child will be learning through discovery, exploration and active learning, including both structured and unstructured play.
How you can helpYou are your child’s first teacher! Children who enter kindergarten with a good foundation of skills will have a more positive experience.
- Help your child learn to sit still and listen quietly.
- Have lots of conversation every day.
- 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.
- Teach your child to use crayons, pencils, safety scissors and glue.
- Teach simple motor skills like balancing on one foot and hopping.
- Teach your child to button and zip clothing.
- Encourage your child to be responsible and independent about grooming, getting dressed and cleaning up.
- Teach your child to manage his or her own bathroom needs.
- Have your child get used to spending time away from you by visiting with friends or family.
- 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.
Read to your child every day in your home language.
When to come
- With full-day kindergarten, your child will have the same start and end time as the rest of the elementary school.
- Your child should come to school every day, unless sick. Children who are sick (with something other than sniffles, like a bad cough, fever over 100.5 degF, or stomach upset) should stay home until they are better. Please call the office to let them know your child will not be at school.
What to eat
- Breakfast and a nutritious hot lunch are available at school every day. Your child can also bring a sack lunch and buy milk.
- One easy way to put money in your child’s lunch account is to use MyLunchMoney.com. You can also bring cash or check to the school office.
- In mid-summer, you will receive an invitation to apply for the federal free and reduced lunch program.
- School lunch calendars are available on our district website.
How to get there
- Kinders who more than one mile from their neighborhood school may take a bus. You’ll have to fill out forms at registration and will get your bus route before school starts.
- Kinders 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 older sibling, 3rd-grade or older. Be sure your daycare provider greets the child.
- All other students will need to get to school a different way. Kinders can only be released with an authorized adult or older sibling. Check with your school or Safe Routes to School for more information about walking groups, car pools or other options.