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Kinder Ready, Parent Ready: “Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker

For our families with soon-to-be kindergartners who missed Thursday July 16th Webinar on Starting Kindergarten, here is the video and notes.

WSFP Kinder Ready & Parent Ready Webinar Series

For our families with soon-to-be kindergarteners who missed last Thursday's Webinar, here are the video and notes."Starting Kindergarten" with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker*Parents to be aware that this whole experience will be a huge change for them and their children – that there will definitely be a transition period to go through by everyone in the family-parents to be gentle with themselves during this time-giving oneself time to process and understand-awareness of own emotions and thoughts-being open to engage with other parents going through this period – establishing relationships during before or after school*In understanding this, parents are encouraged to explain to children what to possibly expect during this period of change-connecting with children, checking in all the time-re-establishing or reaffirming relationship with this context in mind*Focusing on Play-play as a family event: infuse routines in the play experiences – being playful when putting on/taking off jacket, shoes; playful about washing hands before lunch, etc-parent and child play-siblings play-play with other children-playing at the school yard (and once they are in school, carving out time to play there after school)*Attunement and awareness of emotions and reactions from all, especially from the child during this period-checking in…-allowing space to talk about emotions and thoughts when child needs it- inquire about Social Emotional Learning in the curriculum*The importance of connecting with teachers and administration – asking questions, it's okay to do so!-working closely with teachers and possibly coordinating walk-through visits of school (inside, could be virtual too), going for a leisure walk to their schools to prepare them and excite them of their new space-creating or asking for a visual of school, classroom, routines-creating a "Picture Book" to have in preparation and to begin familiarizing the child of the physical space and to get acquainted with routines-asking about what supplies are needed – this could also be an opportunity to engage in with the child with the selection of supplies (lunch boxes, backpacks, books, pencils/markers, clothes, etc.) and workwith them in jazzing up their name labels, and so on.*Understanding the Gradual Entry process that schools have – about 2 weeks but will likely be longer and more distinct during COVID times-checking in with the school, who will typically be sending out a questionnaire – to get to know the child and family-understanding school's expectations – skills to know and to work on with the child (opening bags, lunch boxes, putting on/taking off jackets, shoes; knowing their stuff)-inquiring about and understanding curriculum

Posted by West Side Family Place on Sunday, July 19, 2020

“Starting Kindergarten” with Katherine Darwent and Ellen Walker
*Parents to be aware that this whole experience will be a huge change for them and their children – that there will definitely be a transition period to go through by everyone in the family
-parents to be gentle with themselves during this time
-giving oneself time to process and understand
-awareness of own emotions and thoughts
-being open to engage with other parents going through this period – establishing relationships during before or after school
*In understanding this, parents are encouraged to explain to children what to possibly expect during this period of change
-connecting with children, checking in all the time
-re-establishing or reaffirming relationship with this context in mind
*Focusing on Play
-play as a family event: infuse routines in the play experiences – being playful when putting on/taking off jacket, shoes; playful about washing hands before lunch, etc
-parent and child play
-siblings play
-play with other children
-playing at the school yard (and once they are in school, carving out time to play there after school)
*Attunement and awareness of emotions and reactions from all, especially from the child during this period
-checking in…
-allowing space to talk about emotions and thoughts when child needs it
– inquire about Social Emotional Learning in the curriculum
*The importance of connecting with teachers and administration – asking questions, it’s okay to do so!
-working closely with teachers and possibly coordinating walk-through visits of school (inside, could be virtual too), going for a leisure walk to their schools to prepare them and excite them of their new space
-creating or asking for a visual of school, classroom, routines
-creating a “Picture Book” to have in preparation and to begin familiarizing the child of the physical space and to get acquainted with routines
-asking about what supplies are needed – this could also be an opportunity to engage in with the child with the selection of supplies (lunch boxes, backpacks, books, pencils/markers, clothes, etc.) and work
with them in jazzing up their name labels, and so on.
*Understanding the Gradual Entry process that schools have – about 2 weeks but will likely be longer and more distinct during COVID times
-checking in with the school, who will typically be sending out a questionnaire – to get to know the child and family
-understanding school’s expectations – skills to know and to work on with the child (opening bags, lunch boxes, putting on/taking off jackets, shoes; knowing their stuff)
-inquiring about and understanding curriculum
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