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Kinder Class
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Welcome to Kindergarten
Preparing for Kindergarten

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Upon entry to kindergarten, you can do many things to prepare your child.  You can prepare them to:

  • Go to the bathroom by themselves
  • Hold a pencil properly
  • cut with scissors
  • recognize letters in their name
  • know basic shapes
  • recognize some numbers
  • know most of their colors
  • sit and listen to a story
  • follow 2 to 3 step oral directions
  • teaching them to master tying, nose wiping, washing hands, clothing


Social Situations

Socially, the children will be part of a cooperative classroom culture when they are in Kindergarten.  You can help them to be successful by preparing them to:board games

  • Know how to play nicely with other children, and how to use their words to solve problems.
  • Know how to share and care with others.
  • Play games to learn turn taking and "losing gracefully"
What we COVERED at Parent Orientation

parent orientation

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Orientation

Welcome: Tracey Neilsen Principal

Transitional Kindergarten with Early Bears and Late Bears

Kindergarten - Full Day


Typical TK Day: Sarah Hannaleck, TK teacher

8:10-9:10 Early Bears (Language Arts and Math)

9:10-9:40 All students (Calendar, Storytime, Movement, Songs, Sharing)

9:40-10:20   Snack and Recess

10:20-11:00 All students (Enrichment Activities, Art, Science, Social Studies)

11:00-11:30 Free Choice Centers

11:30-12:30  Late Bears (Language Arts and Math)


Kindergarten Readiness:  Laurie Ponos, Kindergarten Teacher

Academics, independent behaviors, basic needs

Typical Daily Kinder Experience: Megan Prather Kindergarten Teachers

8:10 - 9:50 DOT/Calendar/Mindfulness/Phonographix/Centers

9:50 - 10:30 recess (staggered)

10:30 - 11:10 Readers and Writers Workshop)

11:10 - 11:40 Math   

11:40 -12:20  Lunch Recess

12:20 -12:50 Quiet Rest/Story Time/Tier 1 Intervention

12:50 - 2:10 Enrichment Activities/Science and Social Studies/Life Skills


Enrichment Activities:  Katie Jesse Kindergarten Teacher

Computers, Life Lab, Art, Music, Science, Physical Movement, Library

Parking Lot, Drop off/Pick up: Michele Sanguinetti, Kindergarten Teacher

Ways to be involved PTA President -  Jenny Wickum

Kindergarten Registration and Volunteers:  Maria Gauthier, Attendance/Registrar

SV Parks and Recreation Program:  Questions? - Kristin Ard

Kinder word art
Little Girl

More tips for a successful start:C-Handwriting without Tears

  • Talk to your child as often as possible.  For example, talk about the colors of the vegetables in the grocery store.
  • Make reading part of the daily routine.  Try to find 10-15 minutes each day to sit down, read and talk about a book.
  • Play listening games.  Hide a small object and give your child directions on how to find it.
  • Sing songs and play rhyming games.
  • Point out letters and numbers in everyday places.
  • Offer your child lots of encouragement.  Children who are self-confident learn to read and write more easily.
  • Take your child to parks where s/he can socialize with other children.