Kindergarten Readiness Summer Series

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    Congratulations and welcome to Kindergarten in the fall. Let the countdown begin to September 4th which is the first day of Kindergarten! We will be providing an 8 week series of summer learning and information to prepare your child for Kindergarten. This series will include fun, interactive tips, videos, and podcasts that families can use to prepare their children to start and do well in Kindergarten with some skills that have proven to be successful.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Zoe Dzineku at zdzineku@lowell.k12.ma.us.

     

    Week 1

    Tip: It is in Kindergarten that a child becomes a student. Picture your child’s first day in Kindergarten. They may be curious, excited, frightened, or more. Let’s get them ready by playing pretend, reading, talking, coloring, and more. Check out our checklist for more information.

     

    Let’s try this: Have your child practice writing their name daily. Before bed, have them use their fingers to write their name on your back and have them say each letter out loud. After practicing for a few weeks, ask your child to draw a picture of themselves and try signing their name. Hang it up where everyone will see it! 

     

    Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/user-725305251/parentz-pod-first-things-first-episode-5-kindergarten-readiness 

     

    Week 2

    Establishing routines provides comfort and stability that help children thrive in the face of challenges. When children know what to expect, they have an easier time. Does your child have a set time to go to bed each night? When practicing routines, the benefits are infinite. We can do this! Let’s start by clicking on the link below.

    https://www.pbs.org/parents/video/collection/creating-routines-with-kids?video=parenting-minutes-routines

    Remember…. Children develop at different rates and there is a huge range of what “normal” looks like at this age. Schools recognize that children entering kindergarten have different skill levels, and kindergarten teachers are prepared to work with children with a wide variety of skills.

     

    Tip: Develop and practice a routine to help your child become ready for Kindergarten. For an example of a routine checklist, click on the links below.

     

    Let’s try this: Create a schedule with your child’s input. Add things such as sleep, meals, chores, play time, snack time, reading time.

     

    Week 3

    Independence and Self-help skills are important for our Kindergartners. Activities like feeding, dressing and taking care of our own toys or books are self-help skills. Self help skills are important for independent learning in Kindergarten. Let’s get them ready. Please watch the video below for more information on self-help skills. 

     

    Remember…. Children develop at different rates and there is a huge range of what “normal” looks like at this age. Schools recognize that children entering kindergarten have different skill levels, and kindergarten teachers are prepared to work with children with a wide variety of skills. 

     

    Let’s try this: Have your child practice drinking from a cup, open a juice box and use eating utensils.

    https://www.handyhandouts.com/pdf/156_SelfFeeding.pdf