• 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 Books for your Kids

  • Current Recommendations

    Highlands Elementary Media Specialist, Kip Dooley, recommended these books to help kids with first day of school jitters.

  •  Countdown to Kindergarten

    Countdown to Kindergarten

    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?

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  •  Wemberly Worried

    Wemberly Worried

    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!

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  •  Jack's Talent

    Jack's Talent

    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.

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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 Recommendations

    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 Classmates
    by Ryan T. Higgins
    Give Me Back My Book
    by Travis Foster and Ethan Long
     
    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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