WELCOME to KINDERGARTEN
Here are some helpful tips to help your child get ready for Ridgeview Kindergarten:
- Prepare and share a balanced, healthy breakfast before the time your child would need to leave for school.
- Teach your child how to put on, do up, and take off his/her coat or jacket; and how to hang it on a hook
- Teach your child how to put on and take off his/her running shoes; please use slip-on or Velcro running shoes at school, not laces unless he/she is able to lace them up independently
- Visit our school and playground with your child a few times before school starts. Teach your child how to use the playground equipment in a safe and responsible manner.
- Encourage your child to tidy up the toys he/she is playing with before going on to a new toy or activity.
- Practice having a quiet time each day when your child can choose a book to read or a toy to lay down with on his/her own.
- Enjoy activities and play games together that require taking turns, sharing, listening and following routines and commands. These are skills needed for Kindergarten.
- Ensure your child knows how to wash his/her hands before and after eating and after using the washroom.
- Teach your child how to blow his/her nose into a tissue, and then to wash his/her hands afterwards.
- Help your child choose a school knapsack that he/she can unzip and open independently.
- Prepare your child for lunch eating time at school. Give time and encouragement to practice opening a lunch bag and small containers, and use a non-spill water bottle independently.
- Before going to bed, let your child choose what he/she will wear to the next day.
- A week or two before school starts, begin to put your child to bed at the time he/she will be going when school starts. Get your child up at the time he/she will be getting up for school. Young children should get at least 10 hours of sleep each night.
- Familiarize yourself and your child with the Kindergarten Readiness Pyramid (see enclosed chart).
(These and other tips for starting Kindergarten can be found on The Learning Partnership website http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca)