You are your child's first and most important teacher!
Your child has learned an incredible amount before coming to school, from you and from all the experiences he has had.
It is the school's goal to build on your child's early learning in partnership with you and others involved with your child.
The school is ready for your child!
The school is ready to accept and meet the needs of your child. Kindergarten teachers are ready and willing to support children with different skill levels, experiences and diverse family and cultural backgrounds.
You can be confident that the school will build on all the important learning that have helped your child gain before coming to Kindergarten!
The first day of school is an exciting day for both you and your child. There are many ways that you can help prepare for the transition.
What should my child know?
Children do not need to have specific knowledge or skills to begin school. However, it is helpful if they are able to:
Share and know how to take their turn
Cooperate and play well with others
Listen and pay attention for short periods of time
Speak and ask for what they need
Recognize their own name and answer to it
Help out and pick up and put away classroom materials and toys after activity time
Dress and undress themselves
Use the toilet independently and clean themselves
Play by themselves with toys for a period of time without needing adult attention
Be away from their parent for brief periods and understand that parents will come back
What can I do to help at home?
The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario offers the following suggestions to help your child get ready for school:
Teach new skills through familiar activities (e.g. counting, sorting)
Set behavioural limits and be consistent and fair with discipline
Encourage you child to accept responsibility for personal hygiene, dressing, and tidying up
Provide your child with a well-balanced diet
Set a specific bedtime -- ten to twelve hours of sleep is recommended for young children
Provide opportunities for indoor and outdoor play and exercise
Review safety rules often
Monitor your child's television viewing choices
Set up an area in your home where your child can sit to do quiet activities
Take time each day to listen to your child share experiences about their day
Provide opportunities for your child to spend time with other children
Encourage your child to draw and experiment with writing
Write your child's name on all personal belongings that he/she will take to school