As the first day of kindergarten approaches, you may want to do a few things to set your child on a path to school success. Schools in the same district can differ, so learning more about the school your child will attend will help you stay informed. Consider gathering the following information to help you stay in the know:
- The name of the school’s principal and the name of your kindergartener’s teacher,
- What forms you need to fill out for enrollment,
- What immunizations are required before your child enters school,
- A description of the kindergarten program,
- The yearly calendar and daily schedule for kindergarteners,
- Procedures for school pick up and drop off,
- Available food services, and
- How you can become involved in your child’s education.
If your school does not offer an orientation day, consider contacting the principal’s office to ask for information and to arrange a visit. At your visit you will want to do a couple things to set you and your child up for success:
- Learn about the school’s expectations. If you know the school’s expectations, you will be in a better position to prepare your child for this new experience.
- Visit the school with your child. Walk up and down the hallways to familiarize your child with the building and allow your child to observe other children and their classrooms.
- Talk with your child about school. During your visit, make positive comments about the school and create an environment conducive to questions and curiosity.
- Talk with your child about the teachers they will have. Explain the role and importance of a teacher.
- Consider volunteering to help in the school. Your child’s teacher may appreciate having an extra adult to help. Volunteering is a good way to learn more about the school and meet staff and other parents.
As your child leaves home for their first day of kindergarten, let them know how proud you are!
If you are looking for additional parenting tips, your Component Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help. EAP is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you manage your parenting concerns. For more information or for help in contacting your EAP, you can reach your DHS Work-Life specialists at firstname.lastname@example.org.