Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
will have a tremendous impact on your child's success in kindergarten
if you work with him/her prior to their first day of school in the following ways:
develop good bathroom skills
develop dressing skills (zipping, buttoning and tying)
learn to pick up toys after play
learn to hold and correctly use a pencil, crayons and scissors
listen to and follow directions
limit television watching and video games to spend more time with books and creative activities
use good social skills (sharing, taking turns, accepting responsibility for their own actions)
learn to accept others who come from different backgrounds
work on writing first and last name, telephone number
know the ten basic colors:
be able to count to 10
be able to recite the ABCs (or sing the Alphabet song)
be able to identify body parts
identify shapes (square, oval, rectangle, circle, triangle, diamond)
sort items by size, color, shape (marbles, socks, shells, food, etc.)
Activities you can do around the house that will help build your child's skills and confidence:
Number games - Have your child count how many plates, cups, and forks you need for dinner; count windows and doors in your home
Find and identify shapes - What shape is the cake pan?
Simple board games that require counting
Listen to and sing nursery rhymes and songs
Reading activities - read aloud, listen to books on tape, discuss the books with them
Parents and the School
Your involvement in your child's education is vital. Attend your school's "open house" (held during the first few weeks of school) to understand more about
the kindergarten instructional program and how you can participate in
your child's school life.
Try to visit your child's classroom at least twice during the year.
parent/teacher contact is encouraged throughout the Flagstaff School
District, and at least two conferences will be held during the year to
discuss your child's development. Please attend any scheduled
conferences with your child's teacher.