Transitioning Your Child Into Kindergarten
There are many ways that you can make the transition to school go smoothly for your child:
- Talk often about Kindergarten and reassure your child that it will be an exciting experience.
- Attend the Kindergarten Open House at your child’s school in the spring.
- Find out when your child can meet his/her teacher and have a tour of the classroom before school begins in the fall.
- Help your child develop a sense of responsibility. Encourage your child to learn to look after his/her belongings.
- Read with your child daily and have conversations about the books read.
- Explore the world that your child lives in. Talk about what your child sees. Point out signs, numbers and letters that he/she sees.
- Provide opportunities for your child to interact with other children to promote the development of social skills.
- Encourage your child to know his/her personal information (i.e. first and last name and phone number).
- Celebrate together in the little accomplishments that occur each day.
- Pray together.
What should I tell the teacher about my child?
The Early Learning teacher and the school will want as much information as possible. Some guidelines that might help the teacher get to know your child better include:
- How does your child feel about coming to school?
- Has your child been in pre-school or daycare or will this be his/her first experience away from home?
- What are your child’s special passions or interests?
- What are your child’s special needs? (This includes everything from allergies to fears, unique physical or medical conditions, previous speech and language intervention, emotional or behavioural patterns, or any major change that might be occurring in your child’s life).
- What will my child learn in kindergarten?
In addition to the teacher, Alberta Education is a great resource and publishes a parent resource called, My Child's Learning. It is a very valuable resource that includes specific information about what your child will learn in Kindergarten.