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, READ, READ: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