Let's Get K Ready!

Tips for Parents of Upcoming Kindergartners

Vol.1, No.13

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Welcome! Do you have a preschooler? If so, this newsletter is for you! The "Let's Get K Ready!" news is filled with tips and ideas to prepare your little one for the transition to kindergarten. It is never too early to start! So, start today! If you are on a computer, subscribe for this weekly publication by selecting the orange button to the right "Follow CCPS Family and Community Engagement"; or if you are on your phone, scroll to the bottom to locate the follow button.

This week's topic are Virginia's definition of school ready and position words.

What's Your Position?

Thinking spatially is important for a young child’s development. Children need to make comparisons and describe relationships between objects like big/little, under/over, and first/last. We use positional words to describe all types of things. In addition, positional words are important to your child for following directions, understanding math, and comprehending language. Many children naturally pick up on how to use these words in normal everyday life, but most are helped by some reinforcement through learning experiences.

Here are some positional words that your child will benefit from knowing when he/she enters kindergarten:

  • above

  • over

  • between

  • under

  • below

  • next to

  • close to

  • far from

  • near

  • beside

  • in

  • out

  • left

  • right

This video explanation of positional words may be helpful. It shares an activity for you to replicate when teaching these words to your future kindergartner.

The classic book Going on a Bear Hunt is also great for demonstrating and acting out positional words. Check out this video featuring the author Michael Rosen sharing it!

Another excellent read aloud is Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins. It too reinforces positional words as well as Where's Spot? by Eric Hill.

Read Aloud By Marsha Rogers

Elementary Science Curriculum Specialist, Marsha Rogers shares the book Bustle in the Bushes by Giles Andreae in this video. The illustrations by David Wojtowycz are fantastic. You could pause the video while you are watching it with your future kinder and ask questions like " What bug is at the top of the page?" or "What creature is under the flower?". Practice those positional words! Enjoy!
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Is Your Child Ready?

The State of Virginia's Board of Education describes “school readiness” as the following: the capabilities of children, their families, schools, and communities that will best promote student success in kindergarten and beyond. Each component – children, families, schools and communities – plays an essential role in the development of school readiness. No one component can stand on its own.

A ready child is prepared socially, personally, physically, and intellectually within the

developmental domains addressed in Virginia’s six Foundation Blocks for Early Learning: literacy, mathematics, science, history and social science, physical and motor development, and personal and social development.

Ready families take responsibility for the child’s school readiness through direct, frequent, and positive involvement and interest in the child. Adults recognize their role as the child’s first and most important teacher, providing steady and supportive relationships, ensuring safe and consistent environments, promoting good health, and fostering curiosity, excitement about learning, determination, and self-control.

A ready school accepts all children and provides a seamless transition to a high-quality learning environment by engaging the whole community. A ready school welcomes all children with opportunities to enhance and build confidence in their skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Ready communities, including businesses, faith-based organizations, early childhood service providers, community groups and local governments, work together to support children's school and long term success by providing families affordable access to information, services, high-quality child care, and early learning opportunities.

(From VDOE website)

CCPS Summer Readiness Programs for Upcoming K Students

Are you interested in sending your uprising kindergartner to a summer learning program? If your answer is yes, Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding Summer Readiness Programs Monday through Thursday, June 28 - July 22. Please see this link for more information about all the CCPS summer programs.

School Readiness Registration Form