Keeping a kindergartener on track isn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be. I kind of just figured he’d head off to school for half a day, do his thing, come home, and we’d enjoy the rest of our day together. However, there is actually quite a lot that we have to keep track of when it comes to his school and school-related activities. Therefore, there are a few things that we’re doing to better keep our kindergartener on track and ensure that he’s meeting the requirements of his early education.
Check his Backpack
Our son’s kindergarten teacher is fantastic about sending home a variety of information in his backpack. Whether it is daily reminders, work that they’ve done in class or that needs to be completed at home, order forms for various school-related items, or the “Pee-wee Press,” a weekly newsletter that tells parents about the goings-on in our son’s educational world, there are a variety of items that come home in his backpack on almost a daily basis that are important for us to review.
Our poor son, he probably feels like he’s being interrogated daily as he comes home from school as we ask him how his day was, what he did in class, what he learned, if he has homework, and similar questions. However, we find that this is the best way to get him to open up about his activities and maybe jog his memory regarding what he did during the day or what he’s doing in upcoming days.
We are constantly following up on the homework or any completed or even incomplete work that comes home with our son. While his teacher does a great job, with 23 kids under her supervision, we know that she just doesn’t have time to focus on every child every day in only three hours (our son goes half a day) time. Therefore, we do our best to ensure that he has a full understanding of what he has done and worked on in class to help supplement the teacher’s efforts.
Afternoon Learning Activities
Even if our son has no homework or doesn’t even have any worksheets that come home with him, we still try to do a few learning activities of our own each afternoon. Whether it is some math problems, a little reading, some handwriting, or even just a few fun puzzles or mazes, we try to keep that little brain of his active and learning in a variety of ways and areas.
Our son’s kindergarten teacher and school in general are great about keeping in contact with parents by way of email. We get regular reminders from the school about events taking place and activities in which children may be taking part. The kindergarten teacher also sends out emails to the parents of her class as a whole as well as parents individually depending upon the situation to help inform parents of what is going on in the classroom, specific steps that we can take with our child to help out, or areas that parents might need to work on with the kids. It’s all very helpful in keeping our child on track and on pace when it comes to his education.
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