Kindergarten Readiness Ready, Set, Go Chris Miller Early Childhood Educator Fraser Public Schools Source: Fraser Public Schools and Macomb Intermediate School District
“I need adults to work together to help me get ready for school.” Here’s how you can help!
My Social and Emotional Skills “I need to feel excited and comfortable about starting school” • Let me know that you are excited about me starting school • Give me a chance to visit school before I start • Talk about an experience you had at school • I need to feel excited and comfortable about starting kindergarten
I need to feel good about myself • Teach me to follow directions by giving me simple steps to follow. • Help me to learn how to share, stand in line, wait my turn, and how to sit in a circle • Pay attention to me and listen to my ideas • Praise me for my strengths • Help me feel good about things I can do
How I Learn “I need to be excited about learning” • Encourage me to explore with my senses-to see, touch, smell, hear and taste my world • Help me learn step by step • Teach me that making mistakes is part of learning • Help me learn and try new activities • Give me lots of time to figure things out
Beginning Reading “I need to be familiar with words and books” • Read to me • Ask me questions about stories and help me understand their meaning • Sing songs and teach me rhymes • Teach me new words • Help me hear the sounds that letters make
Beginning Numbers “I need to count and understand number order” • Recognize numbers 1-10 • Let me count things at home • Let me know that a number represents that many objects (3 bears, 2 sisters, 5 fingers) • Play counting games
A big step with big feelings • I need to feel ready and eager, even if I also feel scared • Help me practice saying good-bye to you • Smile and show your enthusiasm • Be delighted to see me after school • Give me time to talk about my day and my new friends
Kindergarten Readiness Ready?
Transitioning – pre-school to kindergarten Kindergarten Readiness Ready, Set, Go Melissa Sharp Director Assumption Center Pre-School
Preparing during the summer Be Positive • Build confidence • You influence your child’s feelings • Children follow your lead • Read books… Check out books from the Library
Suggested Books • The Night Before Kindergarten, by Natash Wing • Tiptoe Into Kindergarten, by Jacqueline Rogers • Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!, by Nancy L. Carson • Welcome to Kindergarten, by Anne Rockwell • Timothy Goes to School, by Rosemary Wells • Will I have a Friend?, by Miriam Cohen • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten, by Joseph Slate
Eating lunch independently Pack a lunch & head to the playground Have your child unwrap and eat independently Walk through the steps: what’s first, second, etc.
Developing Social Skills • Decision Making • Fairness • Getting Attention • Problem Solving • Persistence – trial & error • Good Manners • Social Experiences • Playgroups • Go to the playground • Library story time • Group lessons and sports
Developing Social Skills • Sharing and taking turns • Following the leader • Resolving conflict • Learning independence • Visit the playground • Establish familiarity • Build confidence • Master “recess”
Preparing Academically: Fun while Learning • Read daily – interactive • Choose books of current interest • Increase number in one sitting • Ask questions • What do signs say? • Cut out words from ads • Familiar word books
Fostering Independence • Practice dressing and tying shoes • Work independently • Use bathroom independently • Button pants, zip jacket, put on shoes
School Readiness Skills • Recognize name/letters • Print concepts • Colors and shapes • Body parts • 2 step instructions • Cutting • Rhyming • Learning Games
Kindergarten Readiness Ready, Set, Go Pam Cronovich Kindergarten Teacher Grosse Pointe Public Schools
The start of your child’s formal education • Expectations: parents & children Positive talk about school • Make the setting familiar Attend Spring round up Practice walking to school • Give your child limited choices • Dress for Success • Establish Daily Routines
The start of your child’s formal education • Practice Bedtime Routine Backpack by the by the door Choose clothes and lay out Read a bedtime story – 1 ? • Practice Morning Routines Photo chart morning routine Get up, get dressed, eat breakfast Brush teeth, look at books… • Plan a “good-bye” Ritual Loving but firm Help child connect to the day Reassure them you will see them
The start of your child’s formal education Organization Minimizes Frustration • Choose a spot for coats, backpacks, lunchboxes • Set up a file box for papers • READ the information sent home Help your child connect home and school • Connect homework to daily life/routine • Build curriculum connections
The start of your child’s formal education Get Involved! • School Events • Conferences • Volunteer • Connect with Parents