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Welcome Parents! First Day of Kindergarten presentation

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Welcome

to

FULL-DAY

KINDERGARTEN

CLASSROOM!

Play
Learn
Grow
TOGETHER!
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Welcome
Families!
What to Expect in a Classroom
Parent Tips
School Guidelines for Full-Day Kindergarten
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Learning and growing in the "kinder-garden"
The word kindergarten comes from German and means "children's garden." It's a place where your child will grow and learn. Here are some of the things you can expect in my kindergarten classroom.
What to expect in a Kindergarten classroom...
Play-based Learning
in the classroom
Examples
"Play nourishes every aspect of children’s development it forms the foundation of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills necessary for success in school and in life. Play “paves the way
for learning."
There will be a variety of learning centres set up in the classroom, such as a writing centre, an art centre, a dramatic play centre, a block centre, water table etc.
They're meant to stimulate the students’ learning and pique their interest. It also engages children in different areas of learning.
The materials that are available to the students are open-ended and natural to ensure that it encourages creativity, thinking, and problem solving.
For example, large blocks, puppets, puzzles, paint, clothes, cardboard boxes, play dough etc.
Learning in Real-Life Contexts
Learning Through Inquiry
School Guidelines for Full-Day Kindergarten...
your child will be supported in play-based learning by:
having large blocks of time for both child-initiated and structured play (indoors and outdoors)
guiding, shaping, engaging in, and extending play but not dictating or dominating the child's learning
allowing the children to be "in charge" of their own play
providing a variety of hands-on, concrete materials, tools and equipment that encourage children to participate in different kinds of play
changing materials, tools and equipment as needed to engage, shape, enhance and extend learning
observing and monitoring play
asking and prompting children with questions that will activate their thinking
Children are playing with
water. They are exploring the different ways to fill objects with water.
Children can play in the block centre and build a variety of structures.
In the classroom, there will be open-ended materials available for the children to play with like plastic cups and it is up to them to decide what they want to do with the materials. This encourages the children to
think creatively.
There will be an art centre for children who are interested in exploring their creativity and making art.
A dramatic play centre will be available for
children who are interested in drama. Children
can act out stories that they have read. This encourages them to communicate their thoughts, role-play and
value literacy.
Children can play in the science centre.
They will encounter, explore and investigate a variety of scientific experiments. They are encouraged to think, ask questions and write/draw their observations.
Children can play in the writing centre.
They can write a letter to a friend,
parent or teacher, practice writing their
name or letters of the alphabet,
practice writing sentences,
write stories etc.
"Children have an innate sense of wonder and awe and a natural desire for inquiry"
More examples
Math activities will be created and set-up in the classroom. Children are invited to play and explore the math activities. They promote children to count, explore patterns and so forth.
There will be a play-dough centre for
the children. They will manipulate the
play-dough and create wonderful things.
There will be a reading centre and a snuggle up spot for the children. They can read a variety of books (i.e., magazines, comic books, picture books, fiction, non-fiction etc.) and practice their reading.
Children will have many opportunities to
play outdoors and explore the natural environment around them.
There will be a sand table in the classroom. Inside a variety of
open-ended and natural materials will be in the sand table to invite
students to investigate and explore the purposes of the materials.
While children are exploring, observing and questioning the materials and the environment around them, the ECE and I will prompt the children with questions that help extend their thinking and learning.
Children develop many skills when they engage in the inquiry process. They will learn how to
make observations
,
gather information
,
compare
,
order
,
sort
,
interpret
,
describe
,
reflect
and
draw conclusions
. They are also encouraged to
communicate

and
share their ideas
.
Inquiry-based Questions
The ECE or myself can ask such questions as the following:
What would happen if...?
How would we find out?
I wonder why...?
What ways can you...?
Children begin to ask questions that may lead to exploration and investigation.
They may ask such questions as the following:
How can...?
Why?
How many does...?
What happens if...?
Learning becomes meaningful to the children when they are able to connect their learning to their own lives and the world around them.
Interconnected learning between real-life situations and in the classroom, at school, at home, and/or in the neighborhood.
They will also be learning how to self-regulate their behaviour through activities and play.
Examples
Children can learn real-life situations and lessons by role-playing.
Children can learn how to take turns and listen to others through playing and classroom activities.
A grocery store centre can help children develop
literacy skills, numeracy skills and social skills.
School Guidelines
Guidelines Continued...
School starts at 9:00 AM.
The morning bell will ring at 8:45 AM. If you enter the school at 9:00 AM or after, please go straight to the office and get a late slip for your child.
If your child will be away for whatever reason, please call the school and let the office know.
School ends at 3:10 PM. Please be there on time to pick up your child at the designated door.
As a parent, you play a vital role in your child's life. You know your child the best and it is important that you observe your child and find clues how your he/she learns the best. Share your observations.
Your insights will help the educators understand your child's learning needs.
Parent Tips
Establish early morning routines to prepare your child for Kindergarten
Start making it a routine for your child to go to bed early. Set a bedtime and stick with it.
Encourage your child to get dressed by themselves.
Work with your child on washroom routines.
Make sure they know when to go to the washroom.
Teach them the proper ways of washing their hands properly (i.e. sing the Happy Birthday song etc.)
Help your child practice taking turns and sharing with others.
Encourage your child to play with other children.
Help develop and practice listening skills with your child.
More Parent tips
Play is your child's homework
All play is a learning experience for your child.
Examples
Look for shapes together. You might say, "I see a blue square. Can you find it?" Your child can ask you to find the next item.
Give your child opportunities to finger paint, draw, and cut and paste.
Fill your sink or a tub with water. Let your child find objects that sink and float.
Help your child prepare for the transition to Kindergarten
Your child will build on these skills during the early years of school. There are activities you can do with your child now to help prepare for kindergarten.
Here are some ideas...

Make the 'big day' a happy one
Language, reading and writing development
Math Development
Developing listening skills
Science development
Listening is a complex skill to learn.
Help your child understand and practice the steps involving in listening:
Stop what you are doing.
Look at the person who is speaking.
Don't talk or move around when the person is speaking.
Think about what the person is saying.
Read aloud with your child every day.
Make your own alphabet book with your child. Let your child decorate each page with drawings and cut out pictures. Read the book together.
Play "Go Fish". Put letters of the alphabet that your child knows on playing cards. After shuffling, give five cards to each player. Take turns asking each for cards (i.e., "Do you have a 'C'?"). Each time you make a pair, put it aside. When the game gets too easy, use words instead of letters.
Play "Store". Put price tags on toys or candies (under 20 cents) and let your child use pennies, nickels and dimes, to pay for them.
Play bingo or dominoes.
Let your child help you follow a recipe to cook something.
Give your child a magnify glass to inspect things up close. Encourage your child to draw pictures of what he/she sees and keep them in a 'science journal'.
Measure the rain. Use a plastic bottle and on the outside mark 'half full' and 'full'. Keep track of the amount.
You can help your child view the start of school and the new independence as an adventure and a challenge. It will be easier for your child if you help them get prepared and let them know what to expect. Here are some ways you can help your child have a good experience during the first few days of school.
Before the first day...
Practice walking to school or to the bus stop to make it feel like a routine.
Attend the bus orientation session, if necessary (it'll be a letter in your kindergarten package)
Go over bus safety rules a few times
Create a bedtime and wake-up schedule for you and your child
Encourage your child to be independent, allow them to do things on their own
Let your child pick out what they want to wear on their first day
On the first day...
The morning bell will ring at 8:45 AM.
Bring your child to the assigned door area where you will meet the ECE and the Kindergarten teacher.
Make your good-bye is quick, light and reassuring. Remind them that you, or the usual caregiver, will be there after school is finished.
Things my child needs...
- Comfortable and appropriate clothing for indoor and outdoor play
- Comfortable indoor and outdoor shoes (labeled with his/her name)
- a bag of extra clothes (ex. underwear, shirt, pants, socks etc.)
- a backpack large enough to hold library books, a zippy bag, a lunch box and a water bottle (labeled with his/her name)
- a lunch bag and a reusable water bottle (labeled with his/her name)
- a lunch, 2 or 3 snacks
- nutritious
- peanut-free
- easy to open containers and bags

After school...
School ends at 3:10 PM. Be there on time to help your child adjust to the school routines.
Make it a routine to talk to your child every day about what happened at school. Here are some questions that can help start a discussion:
Did your teacher read you a story today?
What did you do in school today that you really liked?
Did you make a special friend? Who is the special friend? Tell me about him/her.
What are you most looking forward to doing tomorrow?
Canadian Council on Learning (Early Childhood Learning
Knowledge Centre), “Let the Children Play: Nature’s Answer
to Early Learning”,
Lessons in Learning
(Ottawa: CCL, 2006), p. 2
(Ministry of Education 14)
The Kindergarten team are excited to start this journey together!
We will be growing together!
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!
- School number & email
- Kindergarten team's emails
Follow us on Twitter @schoolname for updates and news!
School Values
We care.
We are cooperative.
We value honesty.
We are respectful.
We are responsible.
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