Entering Kindergarten

Things to Remember Before the Start of School
  • Kindergarten students are required to wear uniforms. Please note, school logo shirts are encouraged, but not required, with the exception of one red shirt with the logo for special dress days. No logos other than the school’s are allowed.
  • All school supplies are covered through your supply fee, with the exception of a lunchbox and a backpack.
  • We also ask that each kindergartner bring a towel to use for a daily rest time as well as a reusable water bottle to use each day. Please label everything with your child’s name.
Here is a list of some of kindergarten’s favorite authors. We recommend any of the books by these authors.

Felicia Bond
Jan Brett
Marc Brown
Eric Carle
Mem Fox
Gail Gibbons
Kevin Henkes
Pat Hutchins
Steven Kellogg
Leo Lionni
Arnold Lobel
Robert McCloskey
James Marshall
Robert Munsch
Laura Numeroff
Marcus Pfister
Cynthia Rylant
David Shannon
William Stieg
Dr. Seuss
Mark Teague
Judith Voirst
Mo Willems

Some suggested reading strategies:

Reading together is an excellent way to help your child grow as a reader. Don’t forget to re-read old favorites. If your child has memorized the text, be sure that he or she points to the words while reading. This is a great way to boost confidence and increase excitement.
 
• When reading a familiar book, read one sentence and ask your child to complete the next.
• When reading a rhyming book, read up to the second rhyming word and encourage your child to fill in the rhyming word. How many more rhyming words can your child think of?
• Ask your child to look at the pictures, or take a “picture walk”, before you read. This is a great way for your child to obtain information about what may be happening in the story.
• Ask your child questions while reading to strengthen comprehension: What do you think will happen next? What is the name of the dog in the story (who, what, when, where)?
• How many words on the page can your child identify?
• Find words on the page that begin with a certain letter to search for and write them down.
• Choose a word from the story you are reading. Next, write it down and have your child think of some rhyming words to go with that word. How about making a list?
• Read a story to your child, but let them predict the ending. Then finish the story to see if they were correct.

Strengthening Fine Motor Skills & Reinforcing Math Skills

• Collect shells at the beach. Count them and sort them into “families.” Make designs with them or use them to decorate a sandcastle, a picture, a frame, a box, etc.
• Use a finger or stick to write letters and words in the sand.
• String beads or pasta. Make an interesting pattern on your necklace or bracelet.
• Play board games. They are great for counting!
• Paper clip chains. Encourage your child to make jewelry with paper clips. The colored ones are fun.
• Play Pickup Sticks. You can buy a commercial set or use 18 drinking straws.
• Use tweezers for moving small items. Use them to pick up cotton balls, lima beans, kidney beans, popcorn, etc. Fill a small container with the items. Use a timer to make it exciting.
• Use screws and nuts/bolts. Have child screw the nut/bolt all the way on the screw using a twisting motion with his/her hand.
• Make homemade bread. The kneading is great muscle work.
• Use medicine droppers. Use food coloring to color water in different glasses. Have your child use the dropper to make a design or picture on a paper towel. Start with primary colors and mix to make new colors.
• Berry Picking. If there is a berry patch nearby, this is a fun activity.
• Encourage play with Play-Doh, modeling clay, or edible play dough.
 
Reinforcing Letter Recognition, Language Development and Encouraging Creative Expression

• Long Distance Correspondence – Draw a picture or write a note for a friend or family member and mail it. If you send a note to your teacher, she’ll probably send a note back to you!
• Make an Alphabet Book. Have your child write the letter, then on the same or opposite page glue a picture-drawn or cut out that begins with the letter.
• Letter Hide and Seek: Have your child search around the house for one particular letter in magazines, books, on toy boxes, food labels, etc.
• Alphabet Block Match: Using alphabet blocks, write out simple 3 letter words for your child to match with blocks.
• Letter or number Hopscotch: Use chalk to draw a hopscotch game board on sidewalk. Print a different letter or number in each square. Name the letter or number as they hop.
• Fun with Shaving Cream: Have a shaving cream war! Just kidding!! Spray shaving cream on the table or on a tray and smear it around. Have your child practice writing letters, words, and numbers in the shaving cream.
• Finger Paint Soap: Use in the tub to write different numbers and letters.
• Rhyming Words: See how many rhyming words you and your child can come up with. This is a great car activity. Go back and forth saying words that rhyme.
• Cut out pictures in magazines and catalogues. Make a collage or design. Use the pictures to help create a story.
• Encourage your child to be an author and/or illustrator of her own book. Staple some pages together and have her draw pictures of what happened in the beginning, a few for the middle and then a picture of what happened at the end. Then she can retell her story to a special audience. If she’d like to have words in her book, have her dictate to you and you can write a sentence or two on each page. Be sure to have your illustrator design a special cover.
• Read a book to your child and then act out the story together. Your child will love watching you be silly and dramatic!!
• Make up a play with your children. Perform for grandparents or friends.
• Just reading together is such an important activity. Have a special time at least once a day when your child has someone read to him/her. Have your child tell you about the story when you are finished. Have him make up a different ending or continue the story.
• Always have lots of Art Supplies on hand – pencils, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, stencils, hole punchers, stamp sets, envelopes, dot-to-dot pages, coloring books, and construction paper, etc. Encourage your child to be creative. You’ll be amazed at what he/she can create!
 
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