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Introduction

Welcome to the world of Kindergarten.  You and your child are about to embark on an exciting adventure.  We look forward to working with your Kindergarten child this year.  School is a partnership of parent, child, and teacher.  In order for it to be successful, a climate of trust and sharing is crucial.  We would like to take this opportunity to familiarize you with some aspects of our program.  We hope it answers many of your questions.  If you have further queries, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Prepare for Success

  • It is important to talk with your children.  Through conversation, children develop language skills necessary for literacy. 
  • It is important to listen to your children.  If you want your children to listen to you remember to extend them the courtesy.  Acknowledge their ideas when they communicate needs to you. 
  • It is important to read to your children.  Every time you read to your child, you extend their vocabulary, understanding and background knowledge and you build their appreciation of books. 
  • Maintain regular routines and keep your children well rested. 
  • Even young children can accept responsibility.  By encouraging  small tasks to be completed, your children will become more self-reliant and develop their accomplishments. 
  • In preparation for school, your children could be encouraged to fasten and unfasten clothing: 
    • put on socks
    • put on shoes
    • hang up a jacket or sweater on a hook
    • put on a jacket independently
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First Steps---preparing for kindergarten

How ready is my child for school?  That’s the question many parents ask.  Generally, any child who is excited and enthusiastic about learning is well equipped to do well in kindergarten.

Think about how much your child has learned already.  Before ever starting school, your child has mastered some of the most important lessons in life.  She knows the difference between herself and others, between family and strangers.  He grasps the connection between cause and effect.  She has a developing sense of time---of past, present, and future.  He understands and can express spatial relationships---up from down, in from out, front from back.  She can use the grammar of her language and has a large vocabulary of words.

These are tremendous achievements, and you were the teacher who helped your child accomplish them. Your child will build on these skills during the early years of school.

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Please note that all children applying for the Kindergarten Program at ISNA Elementary School must be fully washroom trained by the beginning of the school year in September.

However, there are additional skills and knowledge you can help your child acquire during the next couple of months that will ease the transition from home to school. 

Parent Involvement

The support of parents is a major factor in successful early childhood programs.  We believe that we can make a difference when we work together towards the common goals that we hold for children.  Today's busy lifestyles do not always make this easy.  We invite you to be actively involved in your child's school career.  The following are some suggestions:

  • Help in the classroom on a regular basis or for specific activity ( e.g. craft, class trips) 
  • Help your child with their homework 
  • Join us for formal get-togethers (e.g., interviews…) 
  • Read the newsletters that inform you about classroom and school "happenings" 
  • Contact us to share concerns.
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Helping Your Child to Get Ready For School

The following suggestions will help to make school entry a happy experience:

  • Downplay the significance of the first day by keeping all activities related to attendance as low key as possible. 
  • Encourage independent dressing and toileting – praise all successes. 
  • Help your child to recognize their first name by displaying it clearly in lower case letters (e.g. on the fridge)

We are happy to have you interested in the Kindergarten Program and for your child join our school community.  This is just the beginning of many wonderful years at ISNA Elementary School.