Complete family toolkit


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Please find the completed Family Kindergarten Transition Tool-Kit attached. It includes resources that would be valuable for families with a child who will be starting kindergarten in the fall.You are welcome to make copies and distribute to families that you serve.

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Complete family toolkit

  1. 1. Dear Parents and Caregivers,As professionals in the field of early childhood education, we know that the transition achild makes from preschool to kindergarten can be difficult to navigate. It is important tous that families feel supported and know how they can encourage their child during thisimportant transition. We have put this packet together in order to give you someinformation and guidance on how you can help your child transition smoothly intokindergarten this fall.We have worked together as a committee, to provide you with some valuable resourcesthat will give you ideas on how you can support your child over the next few months. Achild’s most valuable resource is a parent or caregiver and the time that is spent togetherreading, exploring, and having fun!This packet contains a variety of information related to preparing your child for successin kindergarten, what your child will be learning in kindergarten, and fun things that youcan do together over the summer to develop and support your child’s skills!We want to ensure that every child (& parent/caregiver) is prepared for this transitioninto kindergarten. By working together we can make this a successful and enjoyableexperience for everyone!Sincerely,The Kindergarten Transition CommitteeA workgroup of the Ingham County Great Start Collaborative
  2. 2. When children turn five years old, many parents question whether or not their child is ready forkindergarten. There is a lot of advice floating about these days, and not all of it is helpful.School readiness is more complex than gender and chronological age. It is also not simply being ableto recite numbers, letters, shapes, and colors. School readiness is a combination of many factors. Fewchildren are completely ready for kindergarten, and most will fall somewhere in between on acontinuum of readiness.Here are some developmental skills to look for in a school-ready child: Social Development: Motor Development: • Able to trust other adults and children • Can run and jump • Able to play with, not just next to, • Sense of spatial awareness and balance other children • Shows right or left dominance • Able to learn and play in a group • Has self-help skills: dressing, eating, and toileting Emotional Development: • Able to manipulate small objects • Some degree of independence and • Can copy simple symbols self-direction • Can hold a pencil appropriately • Self-control or ability to delay gratification (even briefly) Intellectual and Academic Development: • Reasonably confident and willing to • Able to focus and concentrate on an try new things activity for 10-15 minutes • Interested in school and in learning • Understands that letters stand for new things something • Understands that printed text is spoken Language Development: language written down • Able to understand directions • Has had experience with environment • Able to express needs (grocery store, post office, library, • Able to communicate with adults and department store, etc) other children • Can follow simple directions and • Can express thoughts in sentences remember simple routines • Reasonably broad vocabulary • Able to stick with and solve simple problemsParents can prepare their children for school by communicating that school is important and by helpingthem develop language skills and social behaviors needed for school.Center for Early Education and Development, University of Minnesota
  3. 3. (Free or Low-Cost)Play Centers at Parks Museums & Historical Sites Located on MSU’s CampusHawk Island Park Impression Five Science Center Abrams Planetarium1601 E. Cavanaugh 200 Museum Drive (517) 355-4672Lansing, MI Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 485-8116Lake Lansing Park (North) Kresge Art Museum6260 Lake Drive (517) 353-9834Haslett, MI 48840 Grand Ledge Area Historical 676-2233 Museum 118 W. Lincoln MSU MuseumMcCormick Park P.O. Box 203 (517) 355-7474High St and Putnam St Grand Ledge, MI 48837, MI 48895 517-627-5170 LibrariesPatriarche Park Capital Area District Library1100 Alton Rd Lansing Art Gallery & Education Story times and special events East Lansing, MI 48823 Center - for events calendar 119 N. Washington Square and library locationsRayner Park Lansing, MI 48933730 Ash Street 517-374-6400 East Lansing Public LibraryMason, MI 950 Abbot Rd East Lansing, MI 48823Nature Centers Michigan Historical Museum Botanical Garden 702 W. Kalamazoo StreetMSU Campus Lansing MI 48915 All About Animals (517) 373-3559 MSU FarmsChildren’s Gardens and Butterfly Visit website for farm locations-House Nokomis Learning Center Campus 5153 Marsh Rd Okemos, MI Potter Park Zoo 1301 S Pennsylvania AveFenner Arboretum RE Olds Transportation Museum Lansing, MI 489122020 E. Mt. Hope 240 Museum Drive (517) 483-4222Lansing, MI 48910 Lansing, MI 48933 (517) 372-0529Harris Nature Center Preuss Pets3998 Van Atta Road 1127 N Cedar StreetOkemos MI 48864 Lansing, MI 48906 (517) 339-1762Woldumar Nature Center Old Lansing RdLansing, MI 48917