Both children and parents/guardians have mixed feelings when faced with a new and unfamiliar experience. Entering school is just that - a new and exciting experience!
A healthy, happy attitude toward school is the key to a good beginning. The development of that attitude begins at home. Your child may have attended a pre-school, nursery or day care program. If not, please help your child to be able to:
- State his or her name, address and phone number.
- Put on/take off outer clothing (boots, coats, gloves, etc; zippering and buttoning).
- Use the bathroom facilities and wash his/her hands.
- Practice good basic health habits (teeth, nails, etc.)
- Drink from a fountain. Cover his/her mouth when sneezing or coughing. Use paper tissues. Use crayons and scissors.
- Cross the street safely. Recognize policemen, firemen, doctors and crossing guards as community helpers.
- Follow directions.
- Cooperate with other children (wait his/her turn, share classroom supplies, work with others, etc).
- Tie his/her shoes.
To assist your child and the school with making the transition from home to school a good one, parents/guardians are requested to:
- Mark all outer clothing with your child's name.
- Encourage careful handling of notes, money and other communications.
- Speak with the teacher on any known or potential problems.
- Provide a backpack for your child.
- Work with the school to create a happy experience for your child.
- Read to your child daily.
- Ensure that your child attends school regularly.
- Encourage your child to speak in complete sentences.
The Aims of the Kindergarten Program:
- Work and play cooperatively with others.
- Share and take turns.
- Express ideas and feelings.
- Develop positive attitudes.
- Accept responsibility and complete tasks.
- Express himself/herself creatively in art, music and discussion groups.
- Develop small muscles - cutting, pasting, painting, writing, coloring.
- Develop large muscles - skipping, hopping, running games.
- Develop good listening skills and be able to follow directions.
- Develop language skills.
- Reading readiness - distinguish between alike and different, hear sounds, identify letters, hear rhyming words.
- Math readiness - count, recognize numbers, write numbers at least to ten, sort and classify items, understand spatial concepts.
- Learn colors and shapes.
- Science and Social Studies - learn about the family, neighborhood, community helpers, weather, plants and animals.
- Health - safety and care for oneself.