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11 Tips for Kindergarten Parents

11 Tips for Kindergarten Parents

Simple ways to get involved and make a difference for your child and the school.

Becoming involved in your child’s education pays off in many ways. Parent involvement strengthens schools and shows children that you value learning. Research shows that students whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades, score better on standardized tests, and attend college.

What’s more, you’ll benefit directly by taking an active role. You’ll meet other parents and quickly learn the ins and outs of your child’s school. Read on for some ways to become active and make a difference in your child’s education.

Start now. Introduce yourself to your child’s teacher. You don’t have to wait until parent-teacher conferences to get to know your kindergartner’s teacher. Sometime during the first week or so of school, find a moment to say a quick hello. Or send a handwritten note or a personal email. Ask the teacher whether there is anything she needs. Find out how the teacher prefers to be contacted. This will set a positive tone for the year.

Help out in the classroom. Most kindergarten teachers welcome help from enthusiastic parents. What you do in the classroom will depend on what the teacher needs. It may include preparing materials for lessons and art projects, reading to students, or making copies of worksheets. If you’re unable to commit to a regular schedule, let your child’s teacher know that you still would like to help out with special projects.

Become a room parent. Many kindergarten teachers assign one or two parents to plan class parties and other special activities and to coordinate communication between the teacher and the parents. Being a room parent is generally a yearlong assignment, so make sure you can commit to it. It’s a great way to get to know the teacher!

Volunteer from home. If you can’t make it into the classroom during the day, let the teacher know you’d like to help out in other ways. You could make phone calls to other parents in the evening, help prepare materials for lessons, and more. Bringing your volunteer ethic home shows your child that school is important. It will also help strengthen your connection with the teacher.

Be a special guest. Visit your child’s classroom to share something special about yourself, such as your occupation, your cultural background, or an interesting hobby. Your child will be proud to let everyone know you’re her parent!

Learn about your child’s school. Read the school handbook to learn about school policies. Stay informed by reading school and parent-teacher group newsletters. If the school has a website, check it regularly for updates and information.

Reach out to other parents. Look for opportunities to get to know the parents of your child’s classmates. Volunteer to chaperone field trips. Attend class parties and assemblies. Don’t be shy about introducing yourself, and be sure to exchange phone numbers and email addresses. The other parents will be an invaluable support system during the first year of school and beyond.

Attend school events. Make it a point to go to assemblies, open houses, art shows, and other schoolwide events, even ones your child isn’t directly involved with. School events are a great place to meet staff members and other parents, and going together will help your child feel more at home in his new school.

Talk with your child about school. When your child comes home from school, ask specific questions to draw her out. Instead of saying “How was your day?” ask “What was the best thing that happened today at school?” and “Tell me one new thing that you learned today in kindergarten.”

Show him that school matters. Praise your child’s efforts. Show him how wonderful his schoolwork is by posting artwork and school papers on the refrigerator for everyone to see. Communicate the idea, in both words and actions, that school is important.

Join the PTO or PTA. Your school parent group is a terrific way to learn about your child’s school. You’ll forge lasting connections with the parents you meet, and you’ll have a role in making your child’s school a fun and exciting place to learn.

Comments

#7 Debora Wondercheck 2013-08-23 11:30

Absolutely great suggestions. Parent involvement in their kids' education is very important and they should grab every opportunity they get to do that.When that starts at a very early age, it goes a long way as kids are growing up. Thank you for sharing this.

#6 SarahJ 2011-01-18 02:05

Great suggestions! I have been getting my daughter ready for kindergarten by working on number and letter recognition through games. She loves to play dice games and I have found the following site useful as there are no subscription costs involved:

#3 iris 2008-09-09 00:56

Great tips. Parents should really strive to be more involved in their child's education everyday. They need to make sure that their children are involved in educational activities when they are home to promote learning. Educational games like Sight Words from http://www.k5stars.com is great at teaching youngster how to read. They even have math games too.

#2 Ann Rosenberger 2008-08-25 19:46

As an educator myself the recommendations for kindergarten parent is applicable to parent of students in all grades. I am the parent of a kindergarten child. I have every intention of doing for my son what expect of the parents to the students I teach and they are in high school. The suggestions are good ones supported by research showing that no matter what age you child is being involved in their schools helps foster their love for learning.

#1 Gloria Torrente 2008-08-20 01:42

Thank you, for this article, is great and I can to learn ,also, and I know how I can to cooperate during this year. Every thing is new for him and for us too.

How much homework is too much?

How much homework is too much? Comments from GreatSchools.org readers

"As a teacher and a mother, I sympathize with many posters! For those saying that the USA is "losing ground" on the international scene, do you realize that other countries only test their elite? We test everybody! It will definitely affect the group scores if the top 5% of one place is being compared to *everybody* from another place! For those saying teachers don't know about the average worker? Well, I agree with you about the teachers that some of you are referring to! However, I also know teachers who stay up until midnight every night, working on school-related projects that *they* have been assigned! That's right! Teachers get homework, too! And as a mom, I would love more time with my children, just as you would. I don't claim to have the solution, but when my students tell me that their assignment is taking them longer than I/they anticipated (or if they have real conflicts from other activities), I allow extra time, including during class time--modifying. and changing my lesson plans to reasonably accommodate. I don't really want the homework to interfere with church or family obligations. "

"so this is good but not good enough "

"I agree with the person that wrote on the date 2/22/11. Not that home life is the only factor in our schools education. I just moved to another city and the school that my oldest daughter now goes to only gives reading as homework. Her old school was way more advanced than this one. I have to give her extra homework so I know she's not missing anything. Please don't complain about how much homework you are getting. My first year in college was an eye opener. Learn it now so you won't be looking crazy then. I graduated college but I now realize how much time I wasted not getting the things that would help me down the line. "

"i get seven pages daily "

"It is not just the homework, it's the added extra work they make the kids do to each and every page. rewrite every question, page# beside each answer, complete sentences, circle all #s and underline important detail, you would think that this would be in just ELA but they have to do this for math and in math they get 2 sheets to do a day and than they have to show how the got the answer in a different form on a separate sheet of paper, as if she doesn't have enough to do. "

"Im in the 6th grade and i have 4-8 hours of homework almost everyday. I am fed up waking up at 4:30 in the morning to finish my homework! I have to wake up at 5:45 in the morning everyday for school and i have to put up with this. This needs to stop kids don't even have time to play and go have fun outside! The last time i went to play outside was 4 weeks ago. Please stop giving us too much homework were just kids. "

"You have to be kidding! My child is in 4th grade and this whole year is getting so much homework that it takes from 3pm to 10-10:30, there are nights that she has been up to 12:30. For social studies: she gets homework sheets that have 20+ long questions and she has to restate each question, prove or disprove each one, complete sentences, on a separate sheet of paper and on the work sheet she has to circle and underline the main topic and keywords. by the time she is done she has rewritten 3-4 full sheets of SS homework. Math: math sheet front and back, rewrite each question on separate sheet in its new form and she is in fractions and algebra and to top it off she has a weekly math sheet she works on daily. Something with Science and ELA. my daughter has no play time, The teachers are forcing the student and parent to pick between exercise and play or hours and hours of nightly homework. NOT to mention they have a big book report at the same time. my child told me that all the kids are getting in trouble because they can't get it done. My child hates to get in any kind of trouble and chooses to stay up into the wee hours to finish rather than take time out to play and not get it finished. I agree to home work but this is beyond homework. 7 hours at school and than at least 7 hours of homework. Non of the parents want to rock the boat because in many cases for a lot of parents our children have paid the price for our concern. "

"I agree that the homework is ridiculous these days. How can anyone truly comprehend the material when they have to worry about finishing it quickly so they can do other subjects. You stop worrying if the work is even right and you stop giving it your best shot -- it eventually becomes a very mechanical thing. "

"I am without doubt lost when it comes to homework. My son is in the first grade in a spanish immersion program that now has me very concerned. I starting to question the program because of the homework. My so comes home every day with at least 3 papers sometimes more and sometimes 2-sided. Again, let me remind you it's spanish, no one in my household speaks spanish. I've spoken with the teacher on many occasions and she tells me that she explains to the children every night before they go home how to complete the assignments. "Are you kidding". this is my 6 year old son. When he gets out of school he want to relax a little bit before it's time to get ready for the next day. Did I mention that never are there instructions sent home in english. Which simply means that I have to spend my evening google translating which doesn't always translate properly. I am very lost and frustrated with not being able to get help or direction as to what I can do to help. I think the teacher. is very old fashion and is into the paper work thing. His kindergarden teacher told me to help him with english at home and he would do well, which he did. Now that were in 1st grade, I told his teacher that I was helping his with english because I couldn't help him with spanish and she told me that I was probaly confusing him. Can anyone help me with ANY suggestions. My son had been VERY excited about school and now he sees how overwhelming it is in the evenings, he told me "Mom if you want me to change schools I will". I'm so sad, he's a great child and I don't was to discourage him. PLEASE HELP> "

"This is ridiculous! I am a 7th grade student who has between two and three hours of homework per night. I am in advanced reading & language arts, and we easily have one hour per night, especially on the weekends. Teachers need to back off with the homework. How are we supposed to study with 2 hours of hw, two afterschool sports, and three tests the next day? The earliest I go to bed is 11:00, because I am up late finishing up hw & studying. Teachers are making us dispise school before we really get started. "

"I'm in high school. I get up at 7, leave at 7:30.However, when I get home. I have SOOO much homework. I have to stay up at 1:00 a.m. trying to finish my homework! D':

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Back to School Night with Ms. Conard

Hosea Elementary School

Hosea Elementary School
  • Address: 6401 Gordon, St Joseph, MO, 64504
  • Principal: Kevin Carroll

  • Vice Principal: Kara Anderson

  • School Begins: 8:22am

  • School Ends: 3:05pm

    Meet Your Teacher
    • My Background & Experience:
    • I grew up in Saint Joseph, Missouri.
  • I attended Missouri Western State University received my bachelor in Early Childhood and Special Education. I also have bachelor in Health & Exercise Science and a minor in biology.

  • I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ukraine for 27 months. I can speak Ukrainian and Russian.

  • I have 2 nieces and a cat named Kishka.

  • I enjoy running, hiking, traveling, reading, and community involvement activities/projects.

    General Information
    • Early Dismals: Please keep in mind these days and plan accordingly.
  • Homework (Red) folder.

  • Label your child’s personal belongings.

  • Activity/Field trip fee is $15. If you need additional assistance please contact me.

    • School Hours: 8:22am-3:05pm
  • Student Breakfast: $1.70 Student Lunch: $2.20 Reduced Lunch: $0.40 Applications for free/reduced lunch will be sent home the 1st day of school. Please return the completed form promptly.

  • Money sent to school must be in an envelope and marked with name and purpose.

    Homework (Red) folder

    Students will be responsible for bringing this folder to school each morning and taking it home every afternoon.

    • The folder incudes:
  • a pocket for homework.

  • a pocket for notes, newsletters, and flyers.

  • an envelope for box tops, lunch money, etc.

  • blank line paper for parents/teacher communication.

  • A section for important information for parents including my school number, email, class schedule, grade information, and weekly behavior reports.

    Parent Volunteers
    • I encourage interested parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other adult friends of Hosea kindergarten class to get involved. Volunteers in the past have had fun working with kids in the classroom, library, cafeteria, and sports team.
  • Collecting materials for arts & craft projects.

    NOTE: Please feel free to introduce your ideas, all are welcome and encouraged 

    Field Trips for 2013-2014
    • Old McDonald Farm: September 27, 2013
  • Hunts Orchard: October 25, 2013

  • Kansas City Zoological Park: April 18, 2014

    • Field trips are not only lots of fun but they can also be very valuable learning experience for young children. They can help build background knowledge and vocabulary that are important for success in school.
  • While field trips are fun for students and families they often require extra help, interested parents/caregivers should contact me.

    Tips for Kindergarten Parents
  • Practice the morning routine of dressing and eating breakfast.

  • Review with your child how he/she will be getting to and from school.

  • Provide your child with a healthy breakfast or be sure your child arrives early enough to eat breakfast at school.

  • Choose clothes for your kindergarten that is “easy on, easy off”.

  • To prevent your kindergarten from missing out on P.E, let your child wear sneakers everyday. Please no flip flops.

    Tips Continued:
    • Read to your child daily! Reading increases vocabulary and background knowledge.
  • Make sure your child has time to play after school an on weekends. Now that your child spends more time in a structured school environment, you should allow more free time at home to play.

  • Promote the attitude of respect for rights and properties of others.

  • Together parents and teachers make a team. The year is about cooperation and trust. If something may be affecting your child, let me know. If you have concerns, share them.

    Communication
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences may be scheduled in person or by phone.
  • My planning period is everyday from 1:00-1:45pm. If you need to contact me, you may do so during this time by phone or scheduling an meeting.

  • My school phone number is 816-671-4180, if I am unable to make it to the phone, please leave a message and I shall return your call.

  • Also in your child’s homework (red) folder there is a section specifically for parent/teacher communication.

  • Don’t forget about our classroom website!

  • 10 Tips to Ease the Kindergarten Transition (from a Kindergarten Teacher! )

    I was a kindergarten teacher in both public and private schools before I became a mom. These are my top tips for starting kindergarten on the right foot and setting a positive tone for the whole school year!

    1. Visit the School

    Almost all schools will have a time that kindergarten (and other new-to-the-school families) can visit before school starts. Call to check and if you don't see anything scheduled ask! Schools and teachers might be willing to accommodate your needs to ease any first day jitters. You may also ask to visit (and enjoy) the playground before the first day to create some excitement ahead of time!

    2. Wait to Purchase School Supplies (or Ask Ahead)

    You may be asked to purchase supplies or bring nothing at all to school. Different districts may provide school supply lists but unfortunately individual teachers sometimes have different requests from what is noted.

    When I taught kindergarten families didn't need to supply anything except a backpack (which was optional) but we still had some issues where students wanted to bring their new pencils, crayons, and folders to school. Our classrooms had tables instead of desks so we didn't have a place for them to store their new supplies leaving them quite disappointed on the first day. We also had cubbies that could not accommodate rolling backpacks (on wheels) and folders that needed the space of a regular sized backpack (when some parents had purchased adorable mini-backpacks for their kinders). We tried to communicate this to parents as early as we could but every year we had some disappointed children who had already gone shopping.

    When in doubt, ask or wait until after the first week unless you are told to send your child with specific items on the first day. Stick to school shopping for new clothing, but please don't buy shoes that play music! Teachers everywhere are wondering why such a thing even exists!

    3. Get Enough Sleep

    Five year olds need 10 to 12 hours of sleep each night. Excitement, anxiety, and change in routine will likely make this a difficult goal to achieve in the first week of school. Add to that the crash that comes with being in a new educational environment and you can expect several exhausted meltdowns (from everyone!) as you adjust to starting school. You can help by beginning your typical bedtime wind down routine a bit early a few weeks before school starts and sticking to schedules on the weekends! Don't be surprised if your kindergartener needs naps on the weekend too to catch up! (Try to avoid them in the late afternoon or evening on a school day if you are full day Kindergarten. It's better to head to bed early and sleep through the whole night!)

    4. Provide Healthy Foods

    Developing brains and bodies need fuel! Stock up on healthy favorites that you know your child will eat for breakfast and after school snacks. A carb paired with a protein is a great boost to maintain blood sugar levels which also result in tantrums when they dip and spike! Leave plenty of time in your morning routine for breakfast and/or pack a snack to eat at the bus stop too!

    5. Prep the Night Before

    Do as much as you can to prepare for hectic mornings the night before:
    Lay out clothing that you both agree on.
    Make sure shoes and backpacks are at the door and ready to go.
    Gather library books and sneakers for gym class as you talk about tomorrow's schedule.
    Have homework packed and ready. (Your " homework" too, since there is a lot of paperwork when your child starts school!)

    Try to maintain this schedule not just for the first day or first week but for the whole school year! The next day try to stay calm, cheerful, and prepared as you give kind reminders about the time left before you need to depart. No one likes to start their day off with hurried arguing!

    6. Practice Teacher's Name

    Your kindergartener will feel confident and proud to call his or her teacher by name while other students are calling her "teacher" and "mom" for at least the first month! This is also a safety issue as your child arrives to school and navigates the hallways. Most kindergarten students are accompanied by caring adults as they get used to finding their classrooms but in case your child is unsure everyone will be relieved when he knows his teacher's name!

    7. Wait to Share Specifics

    Please do not share details about your child, voice concerns, or jokingly warn the school about your child's behavior at Meet the Teacher Night or Open House. Her teacher needs time to get to know these 20-some new faces (and the parents they belong with) on her own before discussing specifics with you. There is also the issue of confidentiality so these concerns are better discussed on the phone, via email, or at your first (private) parent/teacher conference. Of course, if your child has a physical need (like an allergy or diagnosis) or an emotional concern (like a tricky family situation or anxiety) then you can definitely reach out before school starts but do so privately (via letter, phone call, or email) at a time when the teacher isn't overwhelmed with so many other distractions.

    8. Remember Everyone is Transitioning

    The bus will likely run late, the cafeteria money may take awhile to be credited to your account, and the school secretaries are going to be swamped with angry phone calls, questions at pick up and drop off, and fielding these concerns for teachers and administration as well. Take a deep breath and realize that everyone is transitioning together. While your child is the number one priority to both you and the school, other issues will most likely iron themselves out during the first few weeks of school. If, at that time, there is still an issue that causes concern then by all means speak up as your child's advocate. Just please don't expect everything to go off flawlessly the first day (or the second if the first day is perfect)!

    9. Have a Drop Zone

    When your child gets home she is going to be tired, hungry, overwhelmed, and ready to crash into your loving arms to excitedly report about her day or just quietly process it all alone for awhile. Both of these reactions are acceptable and typical! You can help by having an organized drop zone for her shoes, backpack, and papers. Together you can sort both the papers that stay home and the ones that need to be returned but hand over some of the responsibility for these important items to your child.

    10. Start Responsibilities on Day One

    If you want your child to be the one in charge of his own backpack and folder (and trust me you do and so does his teacher) then try to establish that duty from the beginning of the school year. When homework is done (right after school, after some play time, or after dinner) can be adjusted for each family's unique schedule but if his name is on his folder then he should be the one placing it in the drop zone and packing it back up for tomorrow.

    I hope these tips for a smoother kindergarten transition will help you! Do you have any to add?

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    Back to School

    Back to School: Organizing Your Kindergartener

    "This year is going to be different…," when you think about it you've probably said that sentence every year. Each school year you've wanted to organize a variety of things to keep your child on track; a set schedule, homework assignments, a checklist to work off of, etc. Organization just seemed to fall off the wagon as the school year began to progress and there was just too much to keep up with.

    Seriously, Get it Done Before they go Back to School

    You can help your child get organized this year. Organization tends to lessen the stress of getting things done because you have a set system in order. It's never too late to help your child feel less stress when they are trying to accomplish "daunting" homework assignments.

    Try these parenting tips to instill organization in your child's schedule:

    • Set a designated study time and space. Your child should have a "special" area that they use for homework. This will allow them to feel proud of their own space and also they will know exactly where to go when it's study time. Setting a designated time will also let your child know what's expected of them and when they should be doing school work. For example, maybe after snack time is study time.
    • Checklists and routine charts are going to become your best friend. Help your child create their own "to-do" list or chart. Use this list to jot down homework assignments, due dates, and special events that are going to take place in class a certain day. Let them cross completed items of the list when they finish them, this will give them a sense of accomplishment.
    • Organize homework assignments. Using the checklist, organize home assignments by due date in a folder or binder. Make sure your child knows where the folder is so when they're ready to start study time they can get it out. This helps build a set routine as well.
    • Prepare, prepare, prepare. Before your child goes to bed look over their checklist and/or calendar with them. Go over what's happening the next day and make sure their prepared for the event before the morning hits. This avoids morning confusion, unpreparedness, and lateness.

    Organization is Key for Back to School

    You've heard people say "organization is the key to the success." Well in fact, it might be. You want to set your child up for success by helping them become organized. Your child will learn to operate on a set-schedule and how to become prepared for certain things, obviously a learned behavior that will come in-hand for the future.