Let's Start Kindergarten!
Moving up to Kindergarten - Family Information Night
Approximately fifty families attended the "Moving Up: Raising a Kindergarten Ready Child” parent workshop on April 28, 2014 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Milpitas Library Auditorium. A moderated panel presentation included guest presenters: Dr. Harpreet Hansra, Pediatrician with Kaiser Permanente, Ms. Erika Hernandez, Literacy Specialist from Randall Elementary, Ms. Susan Von Tersch, Kindergarten Teacher at Weller, Ms. Liz Medina, Elementary School Parent at Weller, and Ms. Anne Ehresman, Executive Director of Project Cornerstone. The conversation addressed many facets of kindergarten readiness throughout the evening with a focus on helping your child develop an "I Can!" attitude.
- I can ask for help
- I can take turns, share and help others
- I can try new activities and ask questions
- I can remain focused for 10-15 minutes
- I can follow one and two step directions
- I can work and play by myself and ina group
- I can use my imagination
- I can use coping strategies when I am frustrated, angry, or sad.
Each panelist reviewed information within their area of expertise. Parent were given the opportunity to address questions to the panel.
In addition, two First Five/Health Trust resource tables made free books, growth charts, Oral Health information and the I’m Ready for Kindergarten handbook available to families. Free child care was provided.
Moving Up Event Photos
Top 10 Things to Do ~ The Summer before Kindergarten
1. Focus on Language ~
Speak Up! Read! Write!
2. Use your Muscles ~
Get your big muscles moving! Little muscle practice!
3. Explore your World ~
Grow your brain!
4. Practice Kindergarten Academics ~
Learn your ABCs! Get counting! Experiment and ask “Why?”
5. Early to Bed and Early to Rise…
Set in place home routines and schedules now so you are all ready
when school starts.
6. I Can Do It!
Work on independence. Practice self–control. Be a good friend.
7. You are You ~
What makes your child unique? Celebrate your culture and tell
8. Be Smart about Electronics ~
Limit “screen time” to no more than 1-2 hours per day.
9. Health Matters ~
Set in place healthy habits to last a lifetime. Practice good
hygiene at home. Remember - safety first!
10. What Will Kindergarten Be Like?
Let’s find out by reading a book...
♥ For more in depth information about these summer activities ♥
Other Great Resources
Want to see the video from a prior year Transition to Kindergarten Workshop? Local Community Partners discuss what Kindergarten Readiness means to them. Click above to select the segment you are most interested in viewing.
Want to download a Kindergarten Readiness Handbook? This free resource is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese and covers important topics like the "building blocks of kindergarten readiness" and a "countdown to kindergarten calendar". Click above to go to the First 5 Santa Clara County kindergarten readiness site.
Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013