SD60 Welcome to Kindergarten!
Starting school can have mixed emotions for four and five-year-olds and their parents/caregivers. SD60 wants to make starting school an exciting, successful and happy experience for new Kindergarten students. Â Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK) is an event held each May/June inÂ schools throughout SD60 for families/caregivers with children of age to enter Kindergarten in the fall.
Parents/caregivers and their children are invited to attend a 1 – 2 hour event at their neighborhood school. Â Invitations to attend Welcome to KindergartenÂ events are sent outÂ in the spring, once registration for Kindergarten for the new school year begins. Â At the event, families have an opportunity to tour the school and meet school staff, community partners, and other parents and children. Â Families willÂ also receive early learning and literacy resources (WTK Bag), and learn how to make early learning activities and play a priority in the home that will help prepare their child for a fun and successful first year in school. Â Welcome to KindergartenÂ events run across Canada and are sponsored by the Learning Partnership in conjunction with school districts. For more information about Welcome to KindergartenÂ go to: Â http://www.thelearningpartnership.ca/what-we-do/student-programs/welcome-to-kindergarten
Participating children and families receive a Welcome to Kindergarten bag, filled with valuable resources and activities toÂ help children develop skills in:
- Listening and speakingÂ
- Sharing and turn-takingÂ
- Self-regulation, self-confidence
- Vocabulary, following directions
- Print, alphabet and number awareness
- Enjoyment of stories and books
- Hand and finger coordination for cutting, coloring, pasting, writing
- Creative thinking and exploring
Please contact your neighborhood school for the Welcome to Kindergarten event date and time for the currentÂ school year.