Kindergarten FAQs

If you’ve never had a child in school before, you may have a lot of questions about starting kindergarten. Here are some of the questions we most often hear:

Q: How can families help their kids successfully start school?

A: You can do a lot to help your child transition successfully. First, help them get excited about school. Point out their new school when you drive by and talk about all the cool things they’ll do. Some other skills that will help your child get a successful start:

  • If your child is still napping, wean them off their naps.

  • Help your child learn to zip, snap, tie, button, and fasten Velcro

  • Before the first day of school, be sure your little one can take care of their bathroom needs and wash their hands well.

  • Work with your child on paying attention and following simple and multiple-step directions. For example, “Please hang up your jacket, and then put your shoes in the closet.”

Our Kindergarten Handbook (pdf) has a lot of games and other fun activities you can do at home to help your child build school-ready skills.

Q: What do children learn in kindergarten?

A: So much! It’s amazing to see how much our students grow from the beginning to the end of the year. By the end of kindergarten, most are adding and subtracting, reading, and writing whole sentences. Check out our Kindergarten Handbook (pdf) for more details.

Q: What is a “Slow Start”?

A: The first full day of school is three days later for kindergarteners than for students in upper grades. During those three days, kindergarten teachers meet individually with new students and families. Schools will call in August to schedule times with families.

Q: What’s a typical day like in kindergarten?

Kindergarteners will read, write, and practice math and science skills. The day has a lot of variety. Students will alternate between group instruction and activity centers to keep them moving and interested. We make it fun. They’ll also have lunch, recess and a snack time. They’ll have PE and music every week.

Q: What can families expect on the first day?

A: At school, volunteers and others will be on hand that first day to help students get settled. Expect your child to come home very tired the first day, and possibly for the first couple of weeks. Put them to bed early.

Q: Is it OK for parents to cry on the first day?

A: Try not to. But if you do, tell your child they’re tears of happiness and let your child know that you’re excited about their first day. Then give them a hug, grab a tissue and go as soon as possible.