Countdown to Kindergarten
2019-20 Family Handbook
Visit the 2019-20 Family Handbook for links to resources, forms and information as you prepare to send your son or daughter to kindergarten this year.
The Family Handbook has links to all district back to school pages, which include school supply information and 2019 Get Connected Day details.
Ask an Educator: EPS Educators Offer their Advice
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Advice from Community: Parents, Students, etc.
Our child took the bus to school his first day. Just prior to stepping on the bus our son turned around and told us he would be OK. Naturally, this made my wife cry, and I had a few internal tears as well.
As a parent, I knew my daughter was ready for the next challenge, so I was excited for her, but also sad. Starting kindergarten marked the end of her childhood season. I was nervous about all the new responsibilities she would have. Would she remember her pin, bus number, or bus stop? Would she be able to find friends to play with?
EPS parent, Catalina, credits Blanca Diaz De Leon, Spanish-speaking cultural liaison, for helping her get connected at EPS and making the transition less difficult. Catalina shared her experience to encourage current Pre-K parents to contact the cultural liaisons when they need assistance or have questions.
There are many parents who struggle with the decision of when to send their child with a summer birthday to kindergarten. Countryside parents, Sonika and Atul faced this decision with their daughter last year. Sonika and Atul shared how they navigated their decision to help current PreK parents who are faced with a similar dilemma.
On the Shelf: Recommended Books for your Kids
Highlands Elementary Media Specialist, Kip Dooley, recommended these books to help kids with first day of school jitters.
by Alison McGhee illustrated by Harry Bliss Year Published: 2001
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?
by Kevin Henkes Year Published: 2000
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!
by Maryann Cocca-Leffler Year Published: 2007
"You must be good at something," said Miss Lucinda. "Everyone has a special talent."
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.
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.
Cornelia Elementary Media Specialist, Sherron Gaughan recommended these helpful resources to help kids continue to read over the summer.
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 recommended these books to help kids with making connections.We Don't Eat Our Classmatesby Ryan T. HigginsGive Me Back My Bookby Travis Foster and Ethan LongCountryside Elementary Media Specialist, Kathy Koepp recommended these books to help kids with kindergarten expectations.My Kindergarten
by Rosemary WellsMiss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergartenby Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff
Look out Kindergarten, Here I comeby Nancy CarlsonMax Goes to Schoolby Adria F Klein and Illustrated by Mernie Gallagher-Cole
South Asian Families