ABC's of Kindergarten
A – Attendance
· Attending school regularly is important to school success
· Arrange for make-up work during extended absences.
· Communicate with the school whenever your child is not in attendance.
B – Books
· Have books and an assortment of printed materials available in the home.
· Give books as gifts
C – Communicate
· Communication between the home and school has a positive effect on a child’s achievement
· Participate in parent-teacher conferences
· Communicate to the teacher any major changes in your child’s life. Keep informed by reading communications sent home by the school.
D – Discussions
· Discussions with you and others can extend your child’s vocabulary.
· Discuss books, daily events, hobbies, games, news, family and school field trips
E – Encouragement
· Encourage a wide range of reading materials, such as labels, game instruction, street signs
· Encourage good speech habits by helping your child use the correct words and phrases and learn new ones
· Encourage good study habits
F – Family
· Family activities such as outing, projects, meal times, and visits are important
G – Games
· Encourage cooperative play
· Provide quality family time
H – Homework
· Provide a quiet and well lighted work area
· Designate a specific time
· Provide supervision and support as needed
I – Interest
· Support your child’s interests
· Talk with your child about his/her day
J – Join
· Join the PTO, PTA, parent groups, and use the free public library
K – Kids are important!
· Know your kid
· Organize a daily schedule with your child
· Provide the structure that children need from adults
L – Listen and Learn
· Listen to what your child is saying and trying to say
· Listen to your child read, not as a reading lesson, but simply for the fun of it
M – Motivation
· Motivate your child to become more independent in his/her homework
· Allow your child to participate in after school activities with friends such as PTA Fun Night, Super Saturday, etc.
N – Nutrition
· Start your child’s day with a nutritional breakfast
O – Opportunities
· Provide opportunities for exploring, independent reading, social interaction, cooperative activities, listening and talking
P – Praise and Emphasize the Positive
· Use sincere compliments
· Say: You are getting this done in record time! I admire you. This is really hard, but you are getting this. You did it!
Q – Quiet time can be used for
· Reading, homework, studying, writing
R – Respect
· Respect your child and teach him/her to respect others
· Respect school property
S – Studying
· Find the best time for studying
· Keep study materials together
T – TV
· Monitor your child’s TV time
· Help your child develop good television habits
· Select worthwhile programs to watch and discuss with your child.
U – Unique
· Discover that each child has his/her own uniqueness
V – Value Education
· Education is a stepping stone to the future
W – Watchful
· Keep a watchful eye on how your child is doing daily
X – Xtras
· Xtras aren’t a good replacement for your time with your child
Y – You
· You are important to your child!
Z – Zoo
· Zoos, museums, exhibits are neat places to visit with your child