Archive for Thursday, August 13, 2009

5 Questions: Principal provides tips for kindergartners, parents

Kindergarten teacher Stephanie Green works with a student. Half-day kindergarten will begin Wednesday and the first full day of kindergarten will be Aug. 31.

Kindergarten teacher Stephanie Green works with a student. Half-day kindergarten will begin Wednesday and the first full day of kindergarten will be Aug. 31.

August 13, 2009

Eudora West Early Childhood Family Center Principal Jim Lauer offered up some tips for kindergartners and their parents. This school year, there will be seven class sections with about 16 to 18 students per class.

Eudora West Early Childhood Family Center is located at 1310 Winchester Road in the building formerly known as West Elementary School.

For more information, call 542-4920 or go to the district’s Web site at www.eudoraschools.org

Q: The transition from home to school can be difficult for both parents and students. What do you do to ease both groups into the new routine?

A: Parents can sign up on Aug. 17 and 18 to bring the kids in to meet their teachers and have a chance to find their classroom.

From Aug. 19 through 28, there will be eight days of half-day kindergarten from 8 to 11:15 a.m. to help that transition, and I think that’s huge.

Q: So when is the first full day of school?

A: Monday Aug. 31 will be the first full day of school, and I think that with all of the half days where they’ll practice all of the routines like going through the lunch line, they’ll be acclimated and be happy little campers.

Q: How important is that routine?

A: We’ll it’s tough for the kids to separate from their parents, and sometimes it’s tough for the parents to separate from the kids. So that transition time will be important.

Q: Are there any school supplies that the kids will need to have?

A: Well, we have that list online at www.eudoraschools.org. But, it’s mostly just the basics: kid-safe scissors, crayons, glue sticks and things like that.

Q: Is there anything that parents can do at home to get their student ready for the transition?

A: The best thing would be to talk to them and tell them that it’s coming up and it will be fun, exciting and they’re going to meet some new friends

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