Friday, April 20, 2012

Kindergarten Night

Recently, the district I am interning at invited every 2012-2013 Kindergarten family to their very first district event! The panel of district employees included 2 school counselors, a kindergarten teacher, the head of curriculum and myself.
After this Kindergarten night, I complied the information and added to it to create a "Kindgarten morning" for incoming families to this elementary school. Some of the extra information that I gathered was from the Occupational Therapist at our school, and the kindergarten teachers. Here are some key issues/concerns O.T. is seeing with incoming Kinders:

1. Hand dominance- help children decide which hand will work best for them.
2. writing their own name- using correct upper and lower case letter.
3. drawing a person-including appropraite placement of hands, feet, arms, legs, and head.
4. scissors-appropriate grip, safety and using the opposite hand to guide.

As our Preschoolers are getting ready to head to elementary school, there are so many ways we can help them gear up to be great in Kindergarten. Hopefully some of this information will trigger an idea for you to something special for your new students!