There are many ways parents can help their children before preschool and kindergarten and during the school year. The more experiences a child has, the better prepared he/she is for school and learning.

Social and Personal Care and Safety:

A child should:


  • Learn full name
  • Learn address (including city and state)
  • Learn phone number
  • Be able to manage his/her own clothing
  • Use the bathroom on his/her own (flushing and washing hands)
  • Express needs and wants
  • Tie, zip, snap, and button
  • Have experience with crayons, pencils, and scissors
  • Listen to the teacher and other children
  • Follow directions
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Sit for work or story
  • Share and take turns

    At home:

  • Talk with your child
  • Listen to your child
  • Describe objects--Tell what they are and how they work

    Have your child help you:

  • Cook
  • Sort and fold laundry
  • Work in a garden

    Take your child:

  • To the park
  • To the zoo
  • To the library
  • On walks
  • To the store
  • Talk about what you see and do



  • Read to your child daily
  • Ask questions about what was read
  • Show movement left to right on the page
  • Provide books
  • Learn shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)
  • Recognize colors (red, blue, green, yellow, etc)
  • Say the ABC's
  • Recognize the letters (capital and lower case)
  • Print name with one capital letter and the rest lower case letters
  • Count to 10
  • Recognize the numbers 0-10
  • Know the difference between letters and numbers


    Before the school year begins:

    Attend Kindergarten Round-up in the spring:

  • Your child must be 5 years old by August 1st
  • Bring child's birth certificate
  • Bring proof of shots
  • Bring proof of residency (a bill)
  • Bring information on any medications taken or any health concerns for your child.

    As school begins:

  • Register your child at his/her school in August
  • Bring your child to the before school meeting with the teacher
  • Tour the school
  • Pay the book rental fee
  • Forms are in each school office to apply for assistance

    Participate in School functions:

  • Attend Parent Night/Open House
  • Attend Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Join the Parent-Teacher Group
  • Volunteer to help at school
  • Be a room parent
  • Go on field trips
  • Send in supplies for the classroom
  • Read notes from school
  • Sign and return forms promptly
  • Make sure your child knows how to get to and from school
  • Call the school if your child is ill or won't be in school
  • Send the required supplies
  • Each school will send its own list of supplies
  • Some supplies are included in the book rental
  • Get to know your child's teacher
  • Tell the teacher any information that would be helpful to know
  • Tell how your child will arrive at school and leave school
  • Help your child do any homework
  • Practice skills that are being taught in school