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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. For more information, you can read my full introductory letter.

Yours for Better Education,
Marc J. D'Amico


Activities To Do At Home With Your Kindergarten Child

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

playing games

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

expressing feelings

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

reading books

retelling stories read

visiting the public library

listening to stories on tape

telling stories

reciting nursery rhymes and poems

talking about everyday events, trips, outings

using magnetic alphabet letters

learning new words

How Parents Can Help

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.