• Countdown to Kindergarten

    We are excited that you will soon be joining the EPS family. Stayed tuned throughout the year for helpful tips, resources, and advice from kindergarten experts at all of our elementary schools that will ease your child’s transition into kindergarten.

Ask an Educator: EPS Educators Offer their Advice

  • Parents as Partners

    To ensure success in kindergarten, we count on parents to partner with us throughout the school year. By creating open lines of communication, fostering good habits at home, and staying up-to-date, we can work together to provide the best possible experience for your child this year.

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  • How parents can get connected before the first day of school

    The beginning of the school year may be overwhelming for some kids, and it can also be overwhelming for parents. We understand! Each Edina elementary school varies slightly, but here are some common things to do and look for.

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  • Preparing your child for social connections in kindergarten

    The Edina kindergarten teachers are already looking forward and planning for our new crop of kindergarteners in the fall! Social and emotional development is one of the most important indicators of success in kindergarten. The more you can do to prepare your pre-kindergartener with these skills, the easier the transition to school will be.

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  • Technology in a Kindergarten Classroom

    In a kindergarten classroom, technology is intentional, supervised, and it provides an opportunity to build school-to-home connections. We are conscious of concerns about screen time and make sure to use technology with purpose and with moderation.

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  • Is your child socially and emotionally ready for kindergarten?

    Starting kindergarten is a big step in a child’s life. One of the biggest factors of a child being ready for kindergarten is his or her social and emotional skill set.

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  • Kindergarten readiness skills

    Concord Elementary teachers want students to be as successful as possible when they begin school. Teachers composed a list of skills kindergarteners should be able to display before the first day.

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Advice from Community: Parents, Students, etc.

On the Shelf – Recommended reads by EPS media specialists

  •  Countdown to Kindergarten

    Countdown to Kindergarten

    by Alison McGhee illustrated by Harry Bliss Year Published: 2006

    It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to know--from a first grader--about what it's going to be like. You can't bring your cat, you can't bring a stuffed animal, and the number one rule? You can't ask anyone for help. Ever. So what do you do when your shoes come untied, if you're the only one in the class who doesn't know how to tie them up again? Told with gentle humor by Alison McGhee and brought to exuberant life by New Yorker cartoonist Harry Bliss, this lighthearted take on pre-kindergarten anxiety will bring a smile to the face of every child--and parent--having first-day jitters.

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  •  Wemberly Worried

    Wemberly Worried

    by Kevin Henkes Year Published: 2010

    Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. "Worry, worry, worry," her family said. "Too much worry." And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!

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  • Jack's Talent

    by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Year Published: 2007

    On the first day of school, Miss Lucinda asks the students to share their special talents. Francesca is a star soccer player, Matthew can catch huge fish with his grandpa, and Candace is an excellent artist. It seems that everyone has something to share. But Jack is worried. He doesn't have any talent at all . . . or so he thinks.

    Acrylic paintings that pop with energy and charm make this story by veteran author and illustrator Maryann Cocca-Leffler the perfect boost for any child who questions his or her abilities.

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  •  School's First Day of School

    School's First Day of School

    by Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson Year Published: 2016

    It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him?

    The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

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  • Past Book Recommendations

    Summer Reading Resources by Cornelia Elementary Media Specialist, Sherron Gaughan

    • Brightly Summer Reading Lists - Brightly organizes age-specific summer reading lists.
    • Reading Rockets Summer Booklists - Reading Rockets compiles an annual summer reading guide arranged by age and reading level.
    • Starfall - Starfall allows kids to enhance word recognition, explore letters and sounds while improving reading comprehension and fluency.

    Normandale Elementary Media Specialist, Lynnea West recommends these books for making connections in kindergarten

    • Give Me Back My Book! by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
    • We Don't Eat Our Classmates Ryan T. Higgins

    Countryside Elementary Media Specialist, Kathy Koepp recommended these books to help kids with kindergarten expectations.

    • My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
    • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff
    • Look out Kindergarten, Here I come by Nancy Carlson
    • Max Goes to School by Adria F Klein and illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole


Kindergarteners in classroom

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