The First Day of Kinder: What to Expect
Please come through the kindergarten gate, and go to the back porch area to help your child find their cubby.
Bring all the school supplies. Please keep the listed Spanish and Art supplies in a separate plastic bag with your child's name on the outside.
If your child brings a lunch from home and it needs to be refrigerated, please take it to the cafeteria fridge (not the PreK fridge like last year). I highly recommend you taking your child with you to the cafeteria so they can see where their lunch bag will be (it gets pretty packed in there). Second shelf from the bottom is best.
If your child eats school lunch and morning snack but brings an afternoon snack that needs to be refrigerated, then this can be placed in the PreK fridge because the cafeteria becomes locked after lunch. Any other snacks can stay in your child's cubby.
Help your child fill up their water bottle and place it on in the tub.
Got a crier? Don't worry, this is all very common in Kindergarten!
Here are a few tips with how to handle this:
~ Call for myself or the teaching assistant and reintroduce us to your child. Make it clear to your child that you trust us and you are at ease with us watching your child.
~ Don't linger. The longer you stay, the harder it is. Let your child know that you'll be there to pick him/her up, and say "See you later!" once s/he's gotten involved in an activity.
~ Bring a friend from home. If need be, your child can bring along a stuffed animal to keep in his/her cubby in case s/he needs comforting. It shouldn't be their favorite one though, because there's no guarantee it will come home in one piece. Other favorite choices include a family picture, a small doll, or a favorite blanket.
Summer Homework: SEND ME A vacation PICTURE!
During the first week of school I would like all parents to email me 1 or 2 photos from your child's summer vacation.
Students love seeing themselves displayed on the big interactive screen and sharing a fun summer experience is a nice way for the students to get to know each other. Having a visual cue helps them answer the who, what, where, when, how and why questions as well as trigger emotions and thoughts of the day.
Let your child select the photo they would like to share and take a moment to reflect with your child (or jog their memory- the summer was loooooong!) of some of the cool things they did.
I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia but also attended school in Northern Ireland where my parents and family are from. Being exposed to two different cultures was a unique experience and not only opened my eyes to travel but makes me who I am today. Now I get to live in the tropical Dominican Republic with my own international family, my husband Mr. Brown (Canadian), and my daughters Keira (born in China) and Maya (born in Guatemala). Working at ISS means I get to meet and teach awesome new students from all over the world; instilling roots so they know where they come from but giving them wings to fly! I believe that respectful, caring bonds with children and their families are the vital foundation for a wonderful kindergarten experience.
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The following links provide great educational games to promote learning at home. Click the links and have your child learn and play! A Digital Kindergarten also provides more educational games that kids can play on the iPad or iPhone to keep learning on-going at home.
National Geographic Kids
Get Ready to Read
Kindergarten Math Games
Sight Word Game
Treasure Chest Subtraction