Countdown to Kindergarten
Prepare your incoming kindergartener for school lunch
Ask an Educator: EPS Educators Offer their Advice
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
Check your local library or bookstore for these entertaining and engaging books help to kids with making connections in kindergarten - recommended by Normandale Media Specialist, Lynnea West.
by Ryan T. Higgins Year Published: 2018
It's the first day of school for Penelope Rex, and she can't wait to meet her classmates. But it's hard to make human friends when they're so darn delicious! That is, until Penelope gets a taste of her own medicine and finds she may not be at the top of the food chain after all...
by Travis Foster and Ethan Long Year Published: 2017This book is full of wonderful WORDS and beautiful PICTURES! And it's EXCITING! And it's FUNNY! It might be the BEST BOOK EVER—if we could decide whose book it is. Redd and Bloo explore the way a book is made and accidentally build a friendship, too, in this tale told only in dialogue. Travis Foster and Ethan Long offer a hilarious story about the joy of reading, which brings people together in unexpected ways, proving that each book truly belongs to . . . the people who love it.
Past RecommendationsCountryside 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