Transitioning to Kindergarten at Western QuébecOur board’s two transition officers, Andrea Shattler and Steven Tremblay, have prepared a new set of resources for parents and families whose children will be transitioning to kindergarten this year. It aims to ensure that the transition to the preschool education program for 4 and 5 year-olds is a positive learning experience. CISSSO as well as our partner organization Connexions Resource Centre. Should you have questions, you can easily reach out to Andrea and Steven by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
What will my child do in kindergarten?The Preschool curriculum is set by the ministère de l’Éducation in the Education Program. Play is an essential part of learning in kindergarten. It contributes to the overall development of the child. Intellectual curiosity, knowledge attainment, social interactions, problem solving skills, physical dexterity are a few of the skills developed through play. Teachers guide and influence play activities with an end result in mind. This allows teachers to informally assess and guide individual progress.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is my child eligible to attend? See Eligibility to English Education.
- How do I register my child? See Register a Student to the Youth Sector.
- What if my child is not 5 years old yet? See Early Admission.
- What if my child has special needs? See Special Needs.
- What if my child has allergies? Read policies C-26 & C-31.
- Can my child take the bus? Read Policy G-1.
- What about daycare? Is it available both before & after school? What are the costs? See Daycare.
- Is attendance taken? Contact a specific school regarding their individual policies.
- Any chance I could volunteer at the school? Parents are strongly encouraged and welcome to volunteer in our schools, so long as they do not have a criminal record. See Security Background Check.
Prepare Your Child for KindergartenHere are different activities parents might like to engage with their preschool children.
- Encourage your child to persist with tasks when faced with a problem by giving them tasks slightly above current ability level. Encourage seeking help only once a solution cannot be found.
- Play board games… it helps to practise turn taking.
- Set the expectation that your child is to tidy up after playtime.
- Encourage your child to talk, question, and discuss!
- Verbally give your child one and two-step directions and expect to follow through.
- READ to your child for 20 minutes a day.
- While reading, point to the way books are held. Point to the words while reading so that top to bottom and left to right directionality is apparent.
- Discuss the story. Ask your child to predict what the book is about, what will happen next, favourite character, etc.
- Encourage and praise any attempt at “pretend reading”.
- Encourage creative drawing. Provide plenty of paper, pencils, crayons, markers and paint! Encourage your child to tell you the story of the picture drawn.
- Have your child practice printing their name using the proper upper and lower case letters. Teach them the letters and sounds associated with those specific letters.
- Sort items by colour, size and shape.
- Create patterns with your child (blue, red, blue, red)
- Practice counting aloud to 20.
- Count objects in your house.
- Find shapes of items at the grocery store.
- Discuss opposites (soft/hard, big/small….)
- Keep a calendar – talk about days of week, time of day, upcoming events…
- Make cards
- Cook together
Physical Development (Gross and Fine Motor)
- Run, jump, climb
- Play catch
- Stack blocks
- Use scissors
- Puppet shows
- Pretend play and join in occasionally!
- Use different materials to paint and draw on
- Teach the primary colours
- Visit the school (check when the date of the Open House is)
- Play and explore in the school yard.
- Your child should be able to dress independently (Velcro and elastic waistbands help in this process!)
- Washroom routine should be independent.
- Eating (make sure that containers can be easily opened)
Children’s books about Starting School
- I am Too Absolutely Small for School (Lauren Child)
- First Day Jitters (Julie Danneberg)
- The Kissing Hand (Audrey Penn)
- Chu’s First Day of School (Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex)
- Little School (Beth Norling)
- Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes (Eric Litwin)
- Wow! School! (Robert Neubecker)
- The Berenstain Bears – Go to School (Stan and Jan Berenstain)