Registration usually takes place in mid January, although it can occur anytime during the school year.
For Year 1 (Junior Kindergarten), children must be four years of age on or before December 31 of the current school year. For Year 2 (Senior Kindergarten), children must be five years of age on or before December 31 of the current school year.
Your child's first week of school is an important step in his/her life. He/she may feel excited or a little scared.
During their first week of Year 1 or Year 2, children get to know their new surroundings, their teacher and the other children. Likewise, teachers get to know the children in their care. First week activities will help with this familiarization process, so that children quickly become happy and comfortable in their new environment and ready to learn.
To prepare for this first week, start a school routine early. About a week or so before the start of school, begin putting your child to bed at a normal time for a school night. Be sure your child then gets up, dressed, and fed like a regular school morning. Figure out priorities for after-school activities, homework, chores, TV time, and video games before the first day of school. This will allow you to agree on a schedule and set a routine for subsequent weeks.
Below are some tips that will help guide your child through his/her first week of school.
Become familiar with the school. Before the first day of school, visit the school with your child so that the route, the building, and school surroundings become familiar.
If your child will be taking the bus to school, have him/her meet the bus driver in advance and explain the process. Ask a responsible, older student to be his/her "bus buddy" for the first few weeks until he/she becomes comfortable on the bus.
Dress your child accordingly. Your child is going to be active at school. Choose clothes and shoes that are comfortable and durable. Give your child outdoor clothing for all types of weather. Encourage children to practice at home putting on and taking off their own jacket, snow pants, boots, etc.
Encourage questions and dialogue about your child's day. Ask him/her to explain what he/she did, what he/she learned, what he/she liked or disliked. Review any learning materials together including worksheets, tests and stories. Let your child know that it is okay to tell the teacher if something is hard to understand.
The first week of school is a time of adjustment for most kindergarteners, and your child may not be used to sitting still for extended periods. Help him/her become familiar with the new classroom routine by reading books about the start of school and classroom activities, such as Franklin Goes to School, Own, or Billy and the Big New School.