Kindergarten & Early Entry Kindergarten
In Fountain Valley School District, all neighborhood schools accept registration forms for kindergarten students who will reach five years of age on or before September 1 of the year that the child will enter kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to attend kindergarten orientation sessions held in the spring prior to the child entering school in the fall. For more information on kindergarten registration and orientation, please contact individual schools.
Sign up your child for
Fountain Valley School District's
EARLY ENTRY KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
Early Entry Kindergarten (EEK) is a half-year, in-person, jump-start program designed for those students who turn 5-years-old between December 3, 2020, and February 22, 2021. Students who participate in Early Entry Kindergarten this school year will move on to the regular Kindergarten program for the 2021-2022 school year. The program will be offered on the campus of:
Tamura Elementary School
17340 Santa Suzanne
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Begins: February 22, 2021
Ends: June 24, 2021
Please contact Kim Fogarty, in the Business Department at 714-843-3250, by Friday, January 29, 2021, to be placed on the EEK list. Students living within the boundaries of Fountain Valley School District will be given first priority. EEK will follow the in-person Elementary School Hybrid Schedule for TK-2nd Grade.
Parents will be notified of acceptance into the EEK program by Tamura Elementary School. Further instructions for registration will be available at that time. In order to secure your child's space, enrollment must be completed by February 12, 2021. A waiting list will be maintained for any vacancies that arise.
Students wishing to attend EEK from neighboring school districts must have an approved inter-district transfer from their home school district. An approved inter-district transfer does not guarantee enrollment in the FVSD Early Entry Kindergarten Program.
How can parents help prepare their child for Kindergarten?
Parents are their child’s first teachers. Your involvement is critical to your child’s success in school. Studies have shown that when parents are involved, children feel better about themselves and learn more.
Three things you can do are to:
Other ways that parents can help their children:
- Make sure your child is well-fed and well-rested for school.
- Encourage your child to behave in positive ways.
- Take time to read with your child each day.
Other ways that parents can help their children:
- Create a positive attitude toward school.
- Establish habits of regular and prompt attendance.
- Label all personal possessions, such as sweaters, jackets, raincoats, backpacks, and lunch boxes.
- Read school notices and respond to them if requested.
- Pack nutritious snacks and encourage your children to eat a good breakfast and lunch.
- Encourage your children to share their school experiences at home. Asking specific questions about their day will encourage more discussion (e.g., What was your favorite color today?).
- Help your children assume responsibility at home (e.g., putting their clothes in hamper or setting the table).
- Allow your children opportunities to play with other children.
- Help your children to learn to respect the rights and property of others.
- Show an interest in your children’s work by visiting their classroom and talking about their work brought home.
- Share an interesting hobby or collection with your children’s class.
- Encourage your children by praising them for their efforts and accomplishments.
- Be sure to send a note explaining any absence from school or use the call-in-sick line (if available). This is a State of California requirement.
- Take your children to places of interest and talk with them often throughout the day about what they are experiencing
What are some common Kindergarten-readiness skills?
- The ability to sit still for 10 to 15 minutes
- Listening to a story or participating in an activity and responding to questions related to that activity
- Following simple two-step directions
- Having an interest in reading, listening to stories, and recognizing letters/numbers
- Counting to 10 and understanding simple number concepts
- Naming colors
- Enjoying coloring and drawing
- Expressing themselves verbally and speaking in complete sentences
- Labeling or name things appropriately
- Asking questions and answer open-ended questions
- Holding a pencil, crayons and scissors correctly and work with them comfortably
- Working individually and in small groups
- Understanding the ideas of sharing, taking turns, and cooperating
- Taking care of own toileting needs and washing hands without assistance
- Knowing how to roll, throw and catch a ball
- Having confidence to separate from a parent or caregiver and stay with another adult
- Respecting the belongings of others and understanding personal space
- Recognizing and writing his/her own name
Parents are their child’s first and most important teacher and are the best judge of their child’s readiness. They may opt to give their child “the gift of time” to grow and mature both socially and academically.