10 Steps to Kindergarten Countdown!

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:27pm -- ARandloph
Here's a great checklist to help your kindergartener (or one you know!) get ready for school!

10. REGISTER AND PREPARE

If your child will be five years old by August 1, 2017 enroll them in your school district! To help your child prepare for Kindergarten, check out Erie Together's Kindergarten Readiness Checklist! This checklist is available in EnglishSpanishRussian, and Arabic.

9. VISIT SCHOOL

Most schools host orientation and back-to-school events, but if you don't have information about yours or your school doesn't have an event like that call and ask for a visit! You might even be able to visit the school's playground for your child to get used to being there.

8. TEACH BASIC EMERGENCY INFORMATION

Make sure your child know their own first and last name, their parent/caregiver's first and last names, and the phone number that should be called in an emergency. A child knowing their home address can also be helpful. With your child, write this information down and put it inside their backpack.

7. COMPLETE THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

Immunization Certificate: Every student must have a current and valid immunization certificate on file at the school with a complete and appropriate shot history. Your doctor will have this form. This is due within two weeks of starting school.

Physical Exam: Call your doctor to set up an appointment for your child, and then get the form from your doctor to submit to your child's school.

Vision Exam: This exam must be done by an eye doctor (ophthalmologist or optometrist), the vision screening from the physical exam does not meet the requirement. Again, get the form from the doctor to submit to your child's school.

Dental Exam: Students entering school for the first time must have a dental exam. Your dentist can then provide the form needed to turn into the school.

Health Conditions & Medications: Any student with a health condition (asthma, allergies, seizures, diabetes, etc. must submit this information to the school. This form will be provided by the school and will then need to be completed by the child's parent/guardian and the healthcare provider. This form will need updated each school year. Should your child need medicationg administered during the school day, the appropriate forms (available at the schools) will need to be completed.

6. FIGURE OUT YOUR CHILD'S TRANSPORTATION

Each school will be different and needs to be figured out. Talk with your school about how your child will arrive and leave school and see what you need
to do, if anything. If your child has never ridden the bus before and they are starting to in Kindergarten, talk to them about this so they are prepared
and not nervous.

5. ARRANGE BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL CARE

If you are unable to be home when your child gets home from school or leaves for school, you'll want to arrange before and after school care. You can check with your school about options they might provide or ask family and friends to help you in these situations.

4. GET SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Check with your school before shopping in case they provide a list of school supplies your child will need.

3. SET MORNING AND EVENING ROUTINES

Two weeks before school starts, set a regular bedtime and practice waking up at the same time each day to get your child used to this kind of routine. Doctors recommend 5-6 year olds get 9-10 hours of sleep each night, take that into considerationg when scheduling your child's bedtime. Also practice getting your child used to a healthy breakfast each morning.

2. TALK WITH YOUR CHILD

Let your child know how great kindergarten will be, but also let them express and talk about their feeling and any questions they might have. Be sure to ask them questions about how they feel and spend a lot of time together.

1. START SCHOOL!

Check with your school about when their first day is, and celebrate! This is a milestone for you and your child so don't be afraid to make sure this event is special. Take pictures, attend Kindergarten events, have a special meal or treat together, or do something else together as a family to celebrate.