The Greenwich/Stow Creek Partnership Schools serving the residents of Greenwich and Stow Creek will be holding Kindergarten Registration soon at the Morris Goodwin School located at 839 Ye Greate Street, Greenwich, NJ. If your child is five years old on or before October 1, 2016 please contact the main office at (856) 451-5513 x1 to RSVP for Kindergarten Registration on April 26th or 28th from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm. We will also have registration on April 27th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
As children grow they reach different milestones in life. One of the most important milestones is entering kindergarten. The entrance into kindergarten marks the start of a formal education and we at the Greenwich/Stow Creek Partnership Schools strive to make it a successful one.
Since birth children have been learning from parents, grandparents, caregivers, and siblings. Our job is to begin to harness that knowledge and strengthen it to help develop physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and verbal growth. To help make this transition to school successful we have compiled the following list of things your child should know before entering kindergarten in September.
- Know his or her name, address, phone number and birthday.
- Be able to write his or her name.
- Recognize some uppercase and lowercase letters.
- Recognize colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, pink and gray.
- Recognize shapes: circle, square, rectangle, oval/ellipse, triangle, diamond, rhombus, heart and star.
- Recognize numbers 1-10, orally count to 20 and count 20 objects.
- Recite the alphabet.
- Understand positional concepts, such as up , down, top, bottom , over, under, beside, in, out, on and off.
- Introduce himself or herself by first and last name.
Child has the ability to…
- Independently use the restroom.
- Button and zip pants.
- Wash and dry hands.
- Put on and zip coat.
- Follow one- and two- step directions.
- Tie shoes.
Child is able to have appropriate social interactions, such as…
- Being able to share.
- Being willing to take turns with others.
- Playing simple childhood games.
- Attending to an activity for 20 minutes.
- Being able to role play.
- Being able to determine roles in dramatic play.
Child has the ability to…
- Define objects by how they are used.
- Understand same/different, far/near, in front of/behind, and first/last.
- Use sentences of five to six words.
- Use future, present and past tense verbs when speaking.
- Use personal pronouns (I, he, she, they and we).
- Tell stories, ask questions, and exchange information with minimal prompting.
- Reply to simple questions.
Child is comfortable…
- Grasping a pencil appropriately.
- Correctly using scissors.
- Stringing small beads.
- Copying a square and triangle.
- Cutting, pasting and coloring to make a project.
- Skipping a short distance.
- Galloping for a short distance.
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Below are some websites that you can use at home to improve and reinforce the skills listed above. The first block of sites is more information about kindergarten readiness and the second block lists sites that have specific activites that you can do at home with your child.
- Kindergarten Readiness
- Family Education: Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
- BabyCenter.com: Kindergarten: Is your child ready for school?
- Scholastic: Ready For Kindergarten?
More Helpful Tips
Preparing for the First Day of School
- Start your child’s school-night routine at least two weeks before school starts to allow everyone time to adjust to an earlier bedtime and wake–up time.
- Have your child get plenty of rest the night before school starts.
- Make sure your child has time to eat a healthy breakfast, either at school or at home.
- Be calm, relaxed, and positive about school. Your child will pick up on your mood!
- Stash a fresh change of clothes in your child’s backpack, just in case.
- When it’s time for school to begin, give your child a happy, confident goodbye. Reassure your child that you will return. Don’t linger.
Preparing for Success in School
- Talk positively about kindergarten and school.
- Read aloud to your child for at least 20 minutes each day. Afterward, discuss the story with your child.
- Talk and listen to your child about his or her thoughts and feelings about school.
- Make paper and crayons available around the house to encourage writing and drawing.
- Point out numbers and letters everywhere – on the bus, at the store, at the doctor’s office, on a walk.
- Help your child follow simple one- or two-step instructions: “Please get your coat and meet me in the car.”
- Have a family plan for getting your child to school on time every day. Establish an early bed-time, set the alarm clock, post the bus schedule on the refrigerator, and allow time for the unexpected. Having great attendance in kindergarten will prepare your child to do well academically throughout the school year.
- Review all materials your child brings home from school.
- Attend parent-teacher conferences and school open houses, and share what you know about your child.
- Challenge your child to do well in school; set high but reasonable expectations. Be understanding of mistakes.
- Read, talk and encourage writing with your child each day.
- Send your child to school on time, rested, well-fed and appropriately dressed. Make time to eat together.
- Be aware of the amount of television your child watches, and support other activities like reading or coloring. Limit electronic games to a certain time of day or the weekend.
- If your child is struggling, talk with the teacher early on. Get help before your child falls behind.
- Show your child that you value learning by making sure she has quite time for reading.
- Volunteer. Being a part of the school PTO or a classroom helper is a great way to share in your child’s education.
In addition to the information listed here you may also visit the Kindergarten Teacher’s (Mrs. Susan Tramontana) page by clicking here.
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