Information just for Kindergarten!

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for your child. The world of school brings many changes. It will be quite a different world from the one that they have experienced with many different rules and expectations. It is a time of self-control and self-discipline, self-reliance, and self-confidence, cooperation and responsibility, and so much more.

Kindergarten enrollment for 2016-2017 begins February 1st! Click here for more information.

Top Tips for Kinder Preparation 

  1. Attend the kindergarten orientation.
  2. Visit the school. Let your child see the inside of the classroom and feel comfortable being there.
  3. If separation is an issue, talk to the teacher about your concerns. Practice by leaving your child with a trusted friend/relative for increasing time periods.
  4. Involve your child in shopping for supplies and let her or him organize his backpack.
  5. Practice self-help skills. Teachers don't have much time to help each individual child, so make sure your child can zip, button, tie shoes, and tell which shoe goes on which foot. Give opportunities at home to organize and care for her/his own toys and clothes. Make sure she's independent in using the toilet and washing her hands.
  6. Develop and refine your child’s social skills, including: listening when others talk, sharing, taking turns; staying in one’s own space, and telling an adult when she or he needs help.
  7. Openly discuss any fears or questions your child has.
  8. Find out what skills the teacher expects your child to know and weave these skills into everyday activities.

Skills Required at the Beginning of Kindergarten

  • Identify some letters of the alphabet (all letters preferred).
  • Recognize the difference between a capital and lowercase letter.
  • Grip a pencil, crayon, or marker correctly (with the thumb and forefinger supporting the tip).
  • Use scissors, glue, paint, and other art materials with relative ease.
  • Write her or his first and last name using upper- and lowercase letters.
  • Count to 20.
  • Know 10 basic colors; red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, pink, black and white.
  • Bounce a ball.
  • Know basic shapes; square, triangle, rectangle, circle, oval, and diamond, etc.
  • Classify objects according to their size, shape, and quantity.
  • Speak using complete sentences.
  • Recognize common sight words, like “stop”.
  • Repeat his full name, address, phone number, and birthday.
  • Play independently or focus on one activity with a friend for up to ten minutes.
  • Manage bathroom needs.
  • Dress herself/himself; shoes, zippers, belts, etc.
  • Open/close lunch boxes and backpacks. Place and remove items from backpacks.
  • Follow directions.
  • Clean up after herself/himself.
  • Listen to a story without interrupting.
  • Separate from parents easily.