How Do Schools Find Out About Children’s
Parents are important.
You know your child better than anyone else. You know important things about them; such as the kinds of
experiences they have had starting school, what their health is like, and what
your family is like. Every child begins
school with and indivdual mix of things they know and experiences they have
had. All children learn in different
ways. Sharing information about your
child can help teachers and others at school know how best to teach them.
What Should We Do To Prepare For School?
Here are some tips that will help your family have a good
Before school starts:
Find out what school the children from your neighborhood
Visit the school.
out what choices you may have for where your child can attend school.
out what the registration process is and how it works.
months before school starts, find out what papers you will need and get
them together (for example, your child’s shot record).
- Go to
any orientation meeting your school has for new parents.
your child to visit the school, and meet their new teacher before the
first day of school.
out about transportation, and make sure your child knows how he will get
to and from school.
school may screen your child to help them know them better. It is important to remember that a
screening is not a test.
Screenings help find any problems you child may have so that they
can get help with them right away.
When school starts:
your child is in child care or Head Start, see if the teacher who knows
your child best can talk to the kindergarten teacher to tell them what
your child likes and what they are learning before they go to school.
with your child’s kindergarten teacher about what they expect they will be
doing in school and what to expect.
- If you
need somewhere for your child to go after school is over, check to see if
the school has an after school program.
During the school year:
in touch with your child’s teacher after school starts – write notes, call
or visits regularly so you can talk with the teacher and let them know you
want to be involved in the learning process.
- Keep a
journal or folder of your child’s work.
School readiness is a complex process. By following the suggestions in this series
you can help your child get a good start in school, and build a foundation for
learning that will last throughout their school years.