Getting Ready for Kindergarten

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten
8/11/2010

DESIRABLE HABITS UPON ENTRANCEThere are many habits, attitudes and skills essential to the successful adjustment of the child, which should be taught before the child enters kindergarten. Encourage your child to:

1. Take off, hang, and put away wraps.2. Wash and dry hands well.3. Tie shoes, fasten shoes, close zippers.

4. Take care of himself/herself in the bathroom.

5. Cover mouth when he coughs or sneezes, use a tissue properly.

6. Use caution in crossing streets.

7. Use socially acceptable terms for asking permission to go to the toilet.

8. Understand and exhibit proper respect for adult guidance.

9. Listen to and follow simple directions which are given both individually and to the group.

10. Respect and obey the bus drivers.

11. Assume the responsibility of carrying notes/school work to and from school.

 

WE STRESS THESE THINGS IN KINDERGARTENParents who are not familiar with normal developmental characteristics of children may have unrealistic expectations for their children. Kindergarten is not a scaled down version of first grade. In early-childhood programs, the emphasis is on supporting the growth of the "whole" child. We will be working with these areas of development in addition to basic concept development.A. Courtesy with one another, in our group and in our school.B. Self-reliance, being able to take care of our needs and to carry out our share of responsibility.C. Emotional stability, being able to weather the little storms of our daily living.D. Social adjustment, being able to live with other boys and girls in a give and take manner.E. Fundamental health habits.

F. Ability for child to think and act for himself.

 

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILDIf your child is like most children, he/she will come to school with a natural desire to learn, plenty of energy, and a tinge of anxiety brought on by the change in his/her routine. You've probably been preparing your child for school by answering questions and talking about school. These are some tried-and-true tips for making this school experience a successful one.· Talk positively about school. The way your child perceives your feelings about his school and teacher will directly effect how he feels about them.· Encourage your child to ask questions about school. Informed children are confident children.· If your child expresses fears and anxieties about what school will be like, listen carefully and with patience. Often, verbalizing his fears will help get rid of them.· Familiarize your child with his new school and surroundings. Arrange a time for him to take a tour of the school before the first day. Make sure you child has a clear idea of how to get to and from school.· Practice morning routine of getting up, having breakfast, and getting to school on time. Allow enough time to prevent putting the family through a harried morning routine.· To make the beginning of school seem more special, take your child on a shopping trip for school supplies.· Once school begins, reserve a little time after school to talk about your child's day. Look over anything he brought home from school. Discuss any schoolwork, and offer encouragement and praise.· To help your child make wise choices, you may want to offer choices at home, keep the choices between two or three options. Offering more choices may be overwhelming.· During this year children are learning to become more social. It is helpful to be exposed to a variety of people and social situations.

· We will be sharing materials at school with our children. Encourage your child to be involved in situations that require sharing. Remember sharing, like any behavior can be learned through modeling.




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