Preparing for School

Exposing a child to preschool experiences is essential in preparation for kindergarten. Preschool experiences can be defined in several ways – including nursery school, childcare programs, enrichment programs, reading programs, music programs and many more. Any child based programs that allow for the child to interact with other children and participate in a group setting begin to lay the strong foundations for kindergarten readiness.

The ECCS lists the Preschool Options, including openings and registration dates, and maintains a list of enrichment programs and other resources for parents.

The ECCS also hosts the annual Kindergarten Readiness Workshops, here are the 2018 presentations.

Children in Southington have the option of attending the Southington Public School (SPS) district, a Choice or Magnet school or a private school such as Southington Catholic. The Kindergarten registration page spells out the options. For the SPS district kindergarten orientation starts in January for the following fall. For some children and families home schooling may be a better option.

Unsure when you should sign your child up for  school?  Here is a helpful chart.

Developmental psychologists at the University of Illinois and Auburn University found that regular family routines initiated as early as 14 months can predict a child’s readiness for kindergarten. Routines help children regulate emotions and learn to interact in a socially appropriate way, according to the researchers. They suggest establishing routines with children early, even if it’s as simple as brushing your teeth with them every night.