Attention Kindergarten Parents:
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.
Readiness: Is my child ready for Kindergarten?
Ask yourself: Does my child . . .
- Sit still for 10 to 15 minutes?
- Listen to a story or participate in an activity and respond to questions related to that activity?
- Retain information?
- Follow simple two-step directions?
- Have an interest in reading, listening to stories, letters, and numbers?
- Count to 10 and understand simple number concepts?
- Focus on an activity?
- Finish what he/she starts?
- Name colors?
- Enjoy coloring and drawing?
- Express himself/herself verbally?
- Speak in complete sentences?
- Label or name things appropriately?
- Answer open-ended questions?
- Ask questions?
- Know the correct way to hold a pencil, crayon and scissors and work with them comfortably?
- Work individually and in small groups?
- Understand the ideas of sharing and taking turns?
- Take care of own toilet needs and wash hands without assistance?
- Know how to roll, throw and catch a ball? Also, run, hop, jump, swing and gallop?
- Have confidence to separate from a parent or caregiver and stay with another adult?
- Respect rights and belongings of others?
- Recognize his/her own name?
- Write 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.
How Parents Can Help
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:
- 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.