Starting Kindergarten

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Starting Kindergarten

  1. 1. Starting 613409 How can I help my child prepare—and succeed?
  2. 2. Kindergarten is a big step. • for your child • for you
  3. 3. What will my child learn in kindergarten?
  4. 4. Agenda • Is my child ready for kindergarten? • Building skills at home – social skills – language and thinking skills • Getting to know your child’s school • Taking care of the basics
  5. 5. Is my child ready for kindergarten?
  6. 6. How do schools determine readiness? • age requirements • observations and test results • background information
  7. 7. What do schools expect? In general, children should be able to: • follow directions • listen • get along • express feelings • dress • count • say alphabet • use crayons and scissors • say name and address
  8. 8. School requirements may include: • immunizations (shots) • speech, hearing, vision tests • health screenings.
  9. 9. Give your child a healthy start! • Provide healthy meals. • Ensure enough sleep. • Encourage physical activity.
  10. 10. Family matters! Parents, grandparents, and sisters and brothers all play an important role.
  11. 11. All children are one-of-a-kind. • Understand your child. • Try to be patient.
  12. 12. What’s your child’s learning style? • Lookers • Movers • Listeners
  13. 13. Children want to learn. They’re curious… and motivated.
  14. 14. Confidence is key. If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.
  15. 15. Building on skills at home
  16. 16. Getting along with others
  17. 17. Be a positive role model. • Make eye contact. • Listen. • Be kind.
  18. 18. Building language and thinking skills • more than talking • building brain power
  19. 19. Language skills • the power of conversation • teachable moments
  20. 20. Reading is • a key skill • builds vocabulary • bonding
  21. 21. Playing with math • Play with blocks. • Talk with numbers. • Use math in daily activities. • Sort it out!
  22. 22. Getting to know your child’s school • Prepare for a visit. • Be positive. • Ease fears.
  23. 23. The school visit • Who can we meet? • What does the school expect? • How can I help?
  24. 24. Your role isn’t over! • Be supportive. • Get involved. • Keep finding teachable moments.
  25. 25. Taking care of the basics • names • transportation • meals • clothes • medications
  26. 26. Registration • deadlines • documentation • completed forms
  27. 27. Getting things together
  28. 28. As the big day gets close • Adjust bedtime and wake-up time. • Practice your route. • Keep things in one place. • Stay positive.
  29. 29. Making the day

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