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Getting Ready for School

Welcome to Kindergarten!

Starting Kindergarten is an exciting time for both you and your child. We can’t wait to welcome your child into our caring school community. We hope that the information here will help you prepare for this next big milestone, Kindergarten.

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Getting Ready for Kindergarten

As families prepare for this exciting next step with their child, they often ask how can they can help their child get ready for school?  Here are some steps families can take to help support a smooth transition to Kindergarten.


Speaking and listening is key in supporting a child’s literacy development. You may enjoy asking questions about their day, who they played with and what they did and can extend conversation with questions like “what did you do before that happened/after that happened?” You could share about your day as well and encourage your child to ask you questions too.

If you speak languages other than English at home, we encourage you to engage with your child in those languages as well. Oral conversations and stories in our first language should be celebrated and shared as they support a child’s literacy and personal development.


Young children enjoy playing games and activities and will benefit from opportunities that require sharing, giving and receiving different opinions, waiting their turn, and new ways of doing something. You may want to include a variety of activities that include both active and pretend play. Providing opportunities to develop problem solving skills and recognizing ways to manage stressful moments also supports a child’s early social and emotional development (for example, counting to 5, deep breathing).


Children love to engage with stories. They do this in lots of ways, some love to look at pictures, some like listening, and others love to make up their own stories as they flip the pages in a book. Sharing a book or a story with your child is a great way to spend time together. You may want to try to make this part of a daily routine. If your family has books and stories to share in other languages you are encouraged to share these with your child as well.

Children at this age often enjoy drawing and writing. Writing at this stage may just look like scribbles on a page, but it has meaning to them and this is a great place to start. Children also enjoy sharing their stories and pictures (even if they are still making it up). This sharing helps to encourage them to keep building this skill.


Playing games helps to build math skills. Turning everyday activities in to math moments, like counting spoons at the dinner table our counting number of stop signs on a family walk can be

fun ways to build these skills with your child.


Children at this age often love running, jumping, skipping, hopping, and throwing balls. You can help them to build on these big movement skills by providing opportunities and teaching safe times and spaces to do so.

Children can build their small movement skills through fun activities like using tweezers to pick up small objects, cutting safely with scissors, pouring water, using Playdoh, and using various materials to colour, draw and trace.


At this age children are ready to begin to learn more independence. You can help your child by offering opportunities and celebrating their attempts at independence (such as doing up zippers, putting on shoes and coats, and opening snack containers.)

Often times children are still building independent toileting skills in the months prior to, and starting kindergarten and many parents share concerns about this.  Rest assured we will work with you to develop a plan to best support your child.  Consider these strategies as you help your child build these skills.

Some other helpful tips to practice closer to starting school:


Hand Hygiene – students will be supported to engage in routine hand washing and the use of hand sanitizer. Hand hygiene will be practiced upon entry into the classroom, before and after eating, following washroom use, prior to moving into a new learning space within the classroom and prior to exiting the classroom.

Cough & Sneeze Etiquette – students will be taught and coached to cough and/or sneeze into their elbow and to use a tissue to blow their nose. Students will be coached to enjoy their own food. No sharing.

*Our safety routines follow the guidelines established by Public Health. Should masks continue to be required or other safety routines ad added or adjusted we will be sure to share these with the school community. For more information about school protocols from Public Health click here. 

What does my child need for kindergarten?

What foods should I send with my child?

Snack and lunchtime are an important part of the kindergarten program. Young children love to socialize with each other while they eat their snacks and lunch. Please send your child’s snacks and lunch in containers that they are able to open by themselves.  Kindergarten students are provided with extra time to eat, but please don’t be surprised if they don’t finish all you send in the beginning.  They will be encouraged to eat and provided multiple opportunities throughout the day.

Where ever possible it is suggested that children bring light, healthy snacks and food they enjoy.

For more information on healthy snacks:
• Wellington/Dufferin Public Health
• Canada’s Food Guide

What if I am having concerns about my child’s adjustment to school?