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Want to know what skills your child should have before they start kindergarten? Check out these materials.
SPS Kindergarten Development Skills
Presented by Assistant Superintendent Steve Madancy and Kindergarten Teacher Rosemary Risser, 2018.
SPS Kindergarten Readiness Numeracy Slides
Provided by Amy Zappone, Southington Public School District Math & Science Coordinator, 2022.
SPS Kindergarten Readiness Literacy & Language Slides
Provided by Stephanie Lawlor, Southington Public Schools Literacy Coordinator, 2022.
SPS Fine Motor Readiness for Kindergarten
Presented by Sue Spatafore, an Occupational Therapist for the Southington Public Schools, 2018.
The Southington Public School District has implemented RULER, an approach to social and emotional learning (SEL) based out of Yale University, that teaches emotional intelligence to people of all ages, with the goal of creating a healthier, more equitable, innovative, and compassionate society. Learn more about Social Emotional Learning and RULER.
Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten – Connecticut State Department of Education
Suggested Reading for Children Entering Kindergarten – Southington Public Library
Ready Set Write: letter formation pathway – This is the way the SPS teaches handwriting.
The Connecticut State Department of Education has developed a valuable downloadable resource for parents when considering kindergarten for their child. This family resource addresses why your child should attend kindergarten and includes frequently asked questions about kindergarten entry, enrollment, and attendance. Available in English and Spanish.
While academic skills are important, we often forget the importance of non-academic life skills your child should have before entering kindergarten. Teaching these life skills and independence will not only benefit your child in the long run but will also give your child’s teacher more time to teach and work on their academic skills. Can your child put on their own shoes, coat and backpack? Can they open everything in their lunchbox? Do they know their first and last name and yours?
You can find a list of life skills for kindergarteners here.
Recent research* says that for kindergarten readiness, three critical areas need to intersect:
If we want children to be prepared for kindergarten and be “ready to learn” in the early grades (K-grade 3), we must:
1. Develop strong foundational cognitive skills (literacy/communication and math).
2. Develop social and emotional competence.
3. Establish patterns of engagement in school and learning
And we must do this in partnership with:
* Adapted from Kauerz, K. (April 8, 2014) Presentation to CT Governor’s PreK-Grade 3 Symposium, Hartford, CT
The ECCS is committed to building and supporting these partnerships and sharing as much information as possible with parents and caregivers about various preschool opportunities.