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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 reads by EPS media specialists
Summer Reading Resources
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.
Past Book Recommendations
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
South Asian Families
Countdown to Kindergarten Archive