Getting ready for kindergarten success: tips for parents
This information was compiled from various Internet sites and educational journals by Glenwood Springs Elementary School Principal Sonya Hemmen.Starting kindergarten can be stressful for everyone involved. To help make the transition easier, please read some ideas compiled to make everyone excited and ready for this wonderful step.Remember that these are helpful ideas to start or review to help make your child “kinder ready”:n Read to your child every day and talk about what you have read. n Talk with your child. Make sure your child can communicate with words rather than grunts, pointing fingers or crying. Encourage your child to talk in full sentences. n Help your child learn his or her colors. n Help your child learn how to use scissors, crayons and glue sticks. n Talk with your child about shapes and sizes. Can your child describe different objects as round, small or tall? n Write notes to your child. n Teach your child about responsibility and respect. Teach your child to share. n Practice counting. Have your child count pennies, pebbles, crayons or books. n Bounce a ball with your child.n Teach your child to recognize the alphabet. n Give your child simple tasks such as getting the mail or setting the table. n Talk to your child about all the fun things that will happen when he or she starts kindergarten. The week before school: n Continue to talk to your child about all the fun he or she will have in kindergarten. n Help your child learn his or her way to school. Practice being safe. n Tell your child if he or she will be in before- or after-school care. n Visit school before the first day starts so your child is comfortable with his or her surroundings. Remember that Individual Reading Assessments are scheduled at GSES on either Aug. 30 or 31. If you need a reminder of your appointment, call 384-5450 on or after Aug. 28, when we will be back in our newly remodeled building. (Make sure your child understands that this meeting is a chance for his/her teacher to get to know him/her and all that he/she can do. Try to not use the word “test.” Say “activity” or “show what you know time.”The day before school: n Help your child pick out his or her clothes for the first day of school. Try to pick items that your child can easily deal with in the restroom.n Tell your child whom to call in case of an emergency. n Remind your child if he or she will be in before- or after-school care. The first day of school: n Ask your child to name two things he/she did in school today. n Talk about the importance of bringing home notes from the teacher. n Most of all, make sure your child knows that doing his/her best is what counts. Learning is fun. Have a great year and remember to communicate often with your child’s teacher and school principals if you have any questions or concerns.
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