“The first five years of a child’s life are a time of tremendous physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. The amount of support children receive during these early years can be strongly connected to the level of success they achieve later in life. Children whose families involve them in activities that allow them to wonder and experiment often take pleasure in learning, which motivates them to learn more. For example, when children are provided with an environment rich in both written and oral language, they acquire essential skills for learning how to read. Children who enter school without these skills may risk falling behind their peers.” – U.S Department of Education, 2008 “My Child’s Academic Success: Helping Your Preschool Child” Brochure
Purpose of Kindergarten Festivals
- To increase parents’ comfort level with the formal school experience and lower anxiety levels
- To support the home environment as the primary learning environment
- To provide hands-on, teacher-modeled learning activities that can be replicated at home
- To provide an opportunity for parents to gain district-related information such as kindergarten registration, uniforms, home school, school of choice, etc.
- To provide an opportunity for families to receive [free] information regarding community resources that are accessible and beneficial such as the public libraries, ChildNet, before/after school child care, asthma assistance, etc.
- To provide information regarding Transitional Kindergarten
How do the Kindergarten Festivals support School Readiness?
- There are 5 sessions that parents have the opportunity to attend:
- How to help your child with Math skills
- How to help your child with Literacy skills
- Kindergarten Readiness Information
- Transitional Kindergarten
- LBUSD Information
- With knowledge gained, parents can assist their child in getting ready for kindergarten by working with them at home. Additionally, math booklets filled with activities that can be done at home using everyday items are given to each family.
- With information gained, parents now have additional resources that they can access to further support the health, safety, socio-emotional, and educational well-being of their child.
Transition to Kindergarten
- The transition from preschool to kindergarten is one of the most difficult, critical, and yet exciting events in a young child’s life.
- Providing a smooth transition for a preschooler from the home and/or preschool environment to the elementary school can make a significant difference in how well the child adjusts to a formal setting.