Entering Kindergarten is a big step for your son or daughter and yes, even for you! Children who have attended preschool often sense that taking this big step into a larger school setting is not only important but different from the previous school experiences. Some children will be eager to start, others may find the whole experience pretty overwhelmed.
Your support and understanding of the magnitude of this milestone in their lives can go a long way toward making the first year of school a positive experience. The teachers will be working very hard to create a comfortable and happy place where your child can feel at home.
You will notice some familiar sights during those first few weeks; blocks, paints, play dough, beans, and markers. During the second and third weeks of school, we will gradually add in the classes with their specialist teachers (Physical Education, Art, Technology, Music, Spanish, Library). During these early days, classroom teachers will accompany them until they become used to their weekly schedule. Once the Kindergarteners have settled in with their specialist teachers, we will be adding in our cross-grade “buddy” activities. Even with this gradual start into our life at St. Joseph’s, we can predict that, initially, most children will be tired at the end of the day. This seems to be true even if they have previously attended a five day a week program with extended care. Our lives are very best here at St. Joseph’s-full of exciting activities.
As the weeks roll on, you and your child may have questions and concerns. We encourage you to relay any pertinent information to the teachers. Part of our job as your child’s teacher is to help your whole family adjust to life at St. Joseph’s. While we are teachers with many years of classroom experiences and curriculum classes behind us, we consider you the “expert” on your child. Any information you can share with us about your child will help us to provide a happy and secure learning environment.