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Ideas to ensure successful kindergarten transition

 Chesapeake Children going to kindergarten- school transitionsFor Kindergarten Principals or Teachers

  • Host a kindergarten orientation or kindergarten readiness workshop each spring.
  • Collaborate with the Child Care centers and Family Home providers that feed into your school.  Hold a PTA Open House to discuss kindergarten registration and/or encourage providers to attend school meetings.
  • Connect with the families in your community by encouraging community participation in parent workshops during preschool, at the end of the school year, and during kindergarten.
  • Send “Getting Ready” newsletters to families, child care and family home providers.
  • Utilize opportunities to review the kindergarten readiness checklist during kindergarten readiness workshops, kindergarten orientation and family workshops.
  • Display a Community Board in the hall for visitors to see that includes information about the school connection to child care centers and family home providers that feed into your school.
  • Invite Pre-K families to Literature Night, Fitness Night, Career Day, Carnivals, and Field Day etc.
  • Encourage Pre-K students to perform during PTA programs and other family nights.
  • Provide translators for ESL families.
  • Connect with your local child care centers and family home providers by visiting children at their location.  Principals/ kindergarten teachers offer to read a book to 4 year old Pre-K classes.
  • Include child care, families, and family home providers on the Parent Alert System (PAS).  Use the PAS system to remind the community about the benefits of early kindergarten registration.
  • Send school newsletters and Chesapeake Parent Resource Center newsletters to child care and family home providers to share with their families.
  • Encourage centers and family home providers to bring Pre-K students to visit kindergarten classes.
  • Special education teachers “push in” to Pre-K classes to work with inclusion students.
  • Provide student “tour guides” for registering students and their families.
  • Utilize your marque- Post kindergarten registration announcements early.
  • Make kindergarten registration easy- place kindergarten registration information at community and school events.
  • Have kindergarten teachers/students develop skits presentations for students to present in Pre-K classes, have kindergarten students read to Pre-K students.
  • Utilize older siblings that attend after school care at child care centers by arranging for school-aged students to share information with Pre-K students at centers after regular school hours.

*The activities listed are a suggested guide.  All options may not be available at all schools.