The Year Before Your Child Starts Kindergarten

FALL

WINTER

  • Schedule a well-child doctor visit and update immunization.
  • Schedule a dental visit.
  • If an out of district request is needed begin the application process.
  • Read information on your child's home school website to learn about schedules, staff and past activities.
  • Read Carroll County Public Library Currents magazine and attend school readiness programs listed.
  • Build excitement about learning.
  • Play, Read, Listen and Talk to your child.

SPRING

  • Gather the required documents for registration as listed on www.carrollk12.org .
  • Find out the date and time for kindergarten registration at your child's home school.  Typically registration is held mid-March.
  • Register your child for kindergarten.
  • Read Carroll County Public Library Currents magazine and attend school readiness programs listed.
  • Drive/walk past the school to pint it out to your child, play on the playground.
  • Attend parent/teacher conference at your child's preschool.  Ask the PreK teacher for resources to support your child's learning at home and what skills to strengthen before kindergarten.
  • Share your concerns with other adults.
  • Play, Read, Listen and Talk to your child.

SUMMER

  • Visit your home school website to determine what school supplies are needed.
  • Shop together for school supplies.
  • Plan your child's transportation to and from school.
  • If your child will ride a bus for the first time, have conversations about what to expect.
  •  Read Carroll county Public Library Currents magazine and attend school readiness programs listed.
  • Practice your school routine.
  • Atend events at your child's home school prior to the start of school, such as Parent Orientation, Open House, and PTA events.
  • Read books about going to kindergarten:
    • Kindergarten Here I Come by DJ Steinberg
    • Berenstain Bears Go To School by Stan and Jan Berenstain
    • Who Will Go To Kindergarten by Kari Ruhmann
    • The Night Before Kindergarten by Wing
    • Clifford Goes to Kindergarten by Norman Bridwell
    • Look Out Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
  • Talk postively about your child and school.
  • SHARE IN THE EXCITEMENT, YOUR EXCITEMENT IS CONTAGIOUS.