Starting school can be a very exciting time for parents and children. Understanding what to expect and how to support your child’s transition from home to school can ensure the experience is a positive one for everyone.
Staff at School District #27, have prepared a number of useful resources for parents of children getting ready to enter Kindergarten. In their Welcome to Kindergarten brochure, they outline the following:
What is Kindergarten?
The Kindergarten Program is designed to meet the needs of young children who learn in a variety of ways and at different rates—each child is unique. Kindergarten kids will be involved in whole class, small group, partner and individual learning. A lot of what you see in Kindergarten looks like play—and it is! Children learn through play. Through unstructured play children learn language, improve coordination and movement skills, enhance creativity and problem solving, and practice social interaction skills. Structured play, developed by the teacher, provides children with the foundational skills needed for academic learning. In all play-based activities children ask questions, experiment with new ideas and materials, seek solutions and learn to learn.
Parents are a child’s most important teacher – everything a child learns in Kindergarten is built on a foundation of family, home and community ” learning before they come to school. Your interaction and involvement is vital to your child’s success. In May or June, make sure to attend the Welcome to Kindergarten day at your child’s school. Children will get a tour of the classroom, meet their teacher and principal and take home a book called “Your First Days of School”, which has school specific pictures to review over the summer and some space for recording what happens on those first few days.
Help your child stay healthy:
Get enough sleep (10-12 hours)
Understand nutritional needs and eat a healthy diet including breakfast
Develop cleanliness habits and independent personal hygiene practices (eg. washing hands before eating and after using the toilet)
Check hearing, eyesight, teeth and physical health
Update immunizations for Kindergarten
Keep your child home to rest when he/she is ill
Help your child become independent and self-sufficient—teach them to:
Make their own bed and clean their room
Dress themselves for outside play, including shoes
Use the toilet alone and wash hands well
Be responsible for cleaning up
Understand consequences, be patient and work cooperatively
Identify, name and express feelings
Understand emergency procedures & safety rules
Have conversations with others of all ages
Practice positive social manners
Help him/her to recognize his/her printed name.
Read together daily, sing often and have fun!.
Provide materials and opportunities for your child to cut, paste, paint, draw, use pens and pencils, construct and build, and explore with play dough.
Get outside! Run, walk and discover the natural world.
Have conversations and talk about activities, actions, feelings and reflections.
Find opportunities in your daily life to notice, talk about and play games with: Letter names, sounds and environmental print like signs, food labels, and menus… Numbers, quantities and comparisons like counting cookies, numbering steps as you walk, comparing how heavy items are… Colour names in items you can see and touch and by playing games like I Spy…
To register your child for Kindergarten
Registration for the 2016-2017 school year starts in February. Children must be five years of age by December 31, 2016. Children presently enrolled in Kindergarten do not need to re-register for Grade One.
A birth certificate (or other proof of age) and presentation of the BC “Care Card” is required at registration. Students will normally register at the school in their catchment area. Parents not sure of their catchment area are requested to contact the nearest Elementary School, the School District Office or the Online School Locator.
Registration for French Immersion is at 100 Mile Elementary or Nesika Elementary School.