Countdown to Kindergarten
Looking Back on 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.
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.
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
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.
Past RecommendationsNormandale 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