Getting ready for kindergarten: Tips from JCPS

Getting ready for kindergarten: Tips from JCPS

Getting ready for kindergarten: Tips from JCPS


by WHAS editors

Posted on August 9, 2011 at 5:05 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 17 at 4:26 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (JCPS) -- On Monday, Aug. 15, many new kindergarteners will begin a fun-filled year of learning in the Jefferson County Public Schools. To make the transition smooth and enjoyable, JCPS would like to provide some helpful tips for both parent and child:

Be sure your child knows how to:

  • Say and write his or her first and last name.
  • Say his or her telephone number and address; this may be easier if set to a familiar tune such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb.”
  • Recognize the eight basic colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, black, brown, and purple).
  • Recognize numbers from 1-10, counting from 1-20, and recognizes all letters of the alphabet
  • Hold pencils, crayons, scissors, and markers correctly.
  • Use the bathroom on his or her own.
  • Zip, snap, tie, button, and fasten Velcro.

Start a routine in advance:

  • Set a bedtime and stick to it.
  • Limit TV watching.
  • Plan the next day’s meals.
  • Make sure that the next day’s transportation is set.
  • Work with your child to pick out the next day’s clothes.

Get ready to ride the bus:

  • If your child is a bus rider, watch The First Day of School video located on the Back-to-School Web- site .
  • You should have received a transportation information card in mid-July to fill out and return to your school. If you have not received one, please contact your child’s school.
  • Luggage tags with important transportation information will be placed on your child’s backpack on the first day of school. If you do not have a backpack, children will receive a lanyard for temporary use.

Make friends with the school—Each time you pass your child’s school, make a point to talk about the school. Attend orientation together as a family. Take your child to the school playground.

Learn social skills—Your child should know several key social concepts before entering kindergarten.  Sharing, waiting, and communicating can be learned and practiced at home.

Listening is important—Work with your child on listening, paying attention, and following simple directions like “Put your shoes in the closet, and close the door.”

Loosen the apron strings—If your child isn’t already attending a preschool or day-care program, look for ways for him or her to spend time away from you.

ensure a healthy start—Make sure your child’s immunizations are current and up-to-date. Complete a physical exam before the start of school—including vision and hearing tests.

Remember that each child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. Don’t get frustrated if your child isn’t managing simple skills right away. Invest the extra time to help your child learn the new skills!

For more information on how to prepare your kindergartner for the first day of school, contact your local JCPS principal.