Resources for Incoming Kindergarteners
Welcome New Kindergartners
We welcome you to kindergarten! This page will give you an overview of the kindergarten program and explain what your child will be learning in reading and language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. The information it contains will help you support your child's learning experience. There are also suggestions for helping your child succeed and activities you can do at home.
I wish you a happy and healthy school year full of opportunities for both you and your child. You can read my full introductory letter here.
Yours for Better Education,
Marc J. D'Amico
Activities to do at Home with your Kindergarten Child
In creating an optimal learning environment where all children’s needs are met, they will be involved in a variety of activities that fall under seven broad developmental domains. To prepare your child for school success, you can complete many of these activities with your child at home prior to starting school.
Physical well-being and motor development
Has the health, alertness, and motor skills needed to function successfully by—
climbing on playground equipment
jumping, running, skipping, and galloping
building with blocks
buttoning, zipping, and tying
writing, drawing, and painting
putting puzzles together
Personal and social development
Shows ability to interact positively with peers and adults by—
learning to take turns
helping with household chores
picking up toys and personal belongings
playing with other children
learning to problem solve
Reading and language arts development
Uses listening, speaking, reading, and writing to communicate and understand print by—
naming letters of the alphabet
recognizing name in print
writing own name
looking at pictures in a book and predicting what the book might be about
retelling stories read
visiting the public library
listening to stories on tape
reciting nursery rhymes and poems
talking about everyday events, trips, outings
using magnetic alphabet letters
learning new words
How Parents Can Help
You want your child to succeed in school and in life. There are many ways to encourage him or her to achieve. Following are some of the many ways you can help your child get the most out of school:
Show interest in what your child is doing in school.
Set high expectations for your child.
Make it clear that school should be his or her first priority.
Dedicate at least 15 minutes each day to talking with your child and reading with him or her.
Provide a quiet place for your child to study.
Help your child with his or her homework.
Limit the amount of television your child watches and discuss what he or she sees on television.
Monitor the amount of time your child spends playing video games or surfing the Internet.
Volunteer to help with school activities and try to get other parents involved as well.
Talk with your child’s teachers regularly about your child’s progress and what you can do to help him or her improve.
Encourage your child to complete challenging work.