Getting children ready for kindergarten

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – The 2013-2014 school year is months from being over, and although the new class of kindergartners won’t be starting until August, Cumberland Elementary Kindergarten teacher Katie Wilson said now is the time to start prepping a child for their first day of school.

“If you have that jump before you get here, and that prep, you’re just going to have a better chance of being at the level you want to be at, than if you came in knowing nothing,” said Wilson.

While it’s important to make sure children are prepared academically, Wilson also said it’s important to make sure your child is developed socially.

“The social aspect of being able to sit and listen is going to keep the classroom much more under control. You don’t want your child to ever stick out and they don’t want to hear their name 25 times a day, because they don’t know how to go from step one to step two without a lot of correction from their teacher,” said Wilson.

Cumberland Principal Kim Bowers says many schools, including Cumberland, hold a Kindergarten Round Up in the spring, as a way to give parents an idea of what they can do to prepare their future kindergartner.

“We need to make sure that parents understand the expectations for students. That they also understand the importance of helping their child be prepared, not only academically, but socially and emotionally,” said Bowers.

Another resource is the United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown. The summer day-camp prepares children by exposing them to a classroom environment. Bowers said programs are beneficial for children who may not have attended pre-school.

“Kindergarten Countdown and other summer programs, just help the students feel more comfortable, like they know what they’re doing when they get here,” said Bowers.

Whether it’s social or academic, Wilson said parents becoming involved in Kindergarten prep will make a huge difference in their child’s education, but it could also make a positive impact on the relationship they have with their child.

“When the family has a positive attitude about education, they won’t know anything different. They’ll also enjoy spending time with their family reading and furthering their education and getting stronger in their skills,” said Wilson.

For more information on what your child should know before starting school and how to help them prepare, click here.

Parents can enroll their child in the United Way’s Kindergarten Countdown by calling 765- 742-9077, ext. 244.

Below is a list of Kindergarten Round Up dates and times.

West Lafayette Community School Corp.
Parents must bring child’s birth certificate to registration

  • Parent Information Meeting and Tours – April 2 – From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Registration – April 9 – From 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. (Doors close at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Kindergarten Registration – April 10 – From 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 

Lafayette School Corp.
March 18 – From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at following schools

  • Earnhart Elementary
  • Edglea Elementary
  • Glen Acres Elementary
  • Vinton Elementary
  • Miami Elementary
  • Murdock Elementary
  • Thomas Miller Elementary

Tippecanoe School Corp.
Birth certificate and immunization record required for registration

  • Battle Ground Elementary – April 9 – From 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Burnett Creek Elementary – April 9 – At 5:45 p.m.
  • James Cole Elementary – April 9 – From 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.
  • Dayton Elementary – April 9 – From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Hershey Elementary – April 9 – Check-in from 5:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. / Parent meeting and children’s activities from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Klondike Elementary – April 9 – From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • May Flower Mill Elementary – April 9 – From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Wea Ridge Elementary – April 9 – From 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Woodland Elementary – April 9 – From 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • Wyandotte Elementary – April 9 – From 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Mintonye Elementary – April 10 – From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Being held at First Assembly Community Ministries) provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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