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Preparing for kindergarten: Registration and beyond

March 22, 2018
The Town Crier

Preparing your child for kindergarten can be overwhelming, but the Austintown Schools provide many opportunities to ensure your student has a smooth transition from home or preschool. This article will touch on how to register your child, scheduling a personal tour, a readiness program for your incoming kindergarten student and a brief overview of what to expect from the kindergarten curriculum.

Registration and screening is required before your child enters kindergarten. This is by appointment only and a full list of dates and times are available at under the AES (Austintown Elementary School) page. Registration packets, available at both AES and the Austintown Early Learning Center, must be completed for the day of your appointment. During the appointment there will be vision screening, vaccination records review, hearing screening, speech screening, and a verification of registration materials. Expect your appointment to be around 15 minutes.

New this year, kindergarten principal Tim Kelty is inviting families to take a personal tour of the building. This is for families who would like a one on one tour of the building with the opportunity to ask questions directly to Kelty. Those interested may sign up for a tour on the school website.

A readiness program is also available to prepare your student for the upcoming school year. The program is Success by Six; a preschool readiness program funded by the United Way. This program is encouraged for students who have never attended preschool, who may have been recommended by a preschool teacher, who may need the social experience, or who are young coming into kindergarten. This program is free, and lunch is provided. This program helps incoming kindergarteners brush up on or attain preschool academics, practice social skills, meet friends, and learn the rules and procedures of their new school. This program is usually three weeks before the start of the school year. Those interested in the Success by Six Program may sign up on our school website.

There are many resources available to prepare your child for the curriculum. Kindergarten instruction is a well-rounded, developmentally appropriate curriculum which follows Ohio's Learning Standards for English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies as well as Physical Education, Music, Technology, Art and Library. Teachers plan differentiated instruction based on student needs following administration of the state mandated Kindergarten Readiness Assessment(KRA). The Ohio Department of Education website is an excellent resource for families to gain further information about the standards, kindergarten readiness assessment and the transition to kindergarten.

Although entering kindergarten is an exciting event for both children and families, children can sometimes be nervous about this new adventure. Parents can ease the transition by being positive, taking advantage of opportunities to attend events at the school prior to kindergarten and talking to their child about how exciting kindergarten will be. Between now and the start of kindergarten, read with your child every day, visit the public library often, provide frequent opportunities for your child to play with same-aged children and allow your child to be independent with getting dressed, grooming, eating and cleaning up after himself/herself.

The Austintown Schools look forward to educating your child in the 2018-2019 school year.



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