Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School

Last January, you received your children’s profiles. Our educators filled the observation grids to provide you with as much information as possible about your little ones. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to come see them, they will be happy to discuss these with you. If you have more serious concerns after reading these, I would like to inform you that the resource person in your Centre is there to assess the situation with you and to suggest resources available in the community.

In addition, I would like to inform you that kindergarten enrollment is already underway. At any time, you can talk to school staff about upcoming meetings and how to register your child.

If you have any questions related to this topic, please email me at marie-catherine.rivard@petitvoilier.ca or discuss it with the director of your centre.

 

SOME NORMAL CONCERNS…

Several parents have questioned us on whether their child is ready to go to kindergarten next September.

I want to reassure you on this subject. There are still six long months before school … at the rate at which the brain of a 4-5 year old child develops, chances are that your little protégé has acquired the necessary skills to have a good start in school by then.

Here is a list of the main demands coming from kindergarten teachers. Your child’s educators assure that these skills are regularly practiced in the classroom by August :

Hold a pencil, brush, scissors, etc.

Go up and down stairs

Independently use the washroom

Dress and undress with minimal help

Put on and take off their boots and shoes

Share with other children

Help another child in need

Wait their turn

Follow a rule with 2 instructions

Be curious and want to learn new things

Accept adult requests

Stay seated during meals and eat properly

Be interested in books and images

Listen to a short story

Be able to recognize some letter of his/her name

Be almost able to write his/her name

Feel like counting and naming numbers

Understand some notion of time like yesterday, today, tomorrow, tonight, etc…

Ask questions about the world around them and take an interest in it

Participate in imaginative games

Ask for help

Tell stories

As you can see, it is not just about learning to read and write, but also about giving them a taste for learning and living in a social context. It is the kindergarten class that must be ready to welcome your child and not vice versa.  Kindergarten is an important stage in their lives and a perfect opportunity to integrate the school system while respecting their pace of development by enabling them to socialize through play.

It is good to know that the CSAP designates a teaching assistant for children with developmental delays, specific diagnoses or behavioral disorders in order to integrate them in school and so give them every chance of success. A transition meeting is normally held between the parents, the daycare and the school in June. The parents concerned will be informed in a timely manner.

For the other children, they will all be ready and proud to join the ‘big kids’ next September!