Plan Ahead For Kindergarten Registration

It is that time of year again. If you child is already 5 or will be turning 5 on or before Oct. 1 (date depends on your state then it is time to start thinking about registering your child for kindergarten. There are several steps involved in the kindergarten registration process.

If you are unfamiliar with the process then it is a good idea to call the elementary or primary school your child will attend for more information. If you are not certain which school your child will attend then call the school district’s main office.

While registration is free there are some costs associated with kindergarten registration. Your child will need a current physical (often documented on the state’s medical exam form) and will need to be current on all vaccinations. Your child will also need a current eye exam (often documented on a state eye exam form).

Most schools also require a birth certificate and social security number.

Some schools require these five documents at the time of registration:

~ Birth certificate

~ Social security card

~ Current immunization record (on state certificate)

~ Current physical record (on state medical exam form)

~ Current eye exam (on state eye exam form)

Other schools are more flexible and 土瓜灣 k2 allow registration with only some of the forms as long as all other information is provided by the time school starts.

Once your child is registered then your child will be scheduled for a kindergarten screening in most school districts. The screening is conducted by one or more professional educators.

The purpose of the kindergarten screening is not to determine whether or not your child will be admitted to kindergarten but rather how your child’s unique needs will be met in the coming school year. This means matching the right teacher, classroom, and program to your child.

Most often kindergarten screening looks at six primary areas: cognitive skills, listening and sequencing skills, language skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and social/emotional skills.

The kindergarten screening is not the final judgment on your parenting skills or your child’s school readiness. It is simply the first time (in most cases) that the school district will have to assess your child. Early screening allows the school to help you prepare your child before school begins. You may be given a checklist, or other instructions, noting skills to work on with your child. Sometimes children with special needs may be flagged at this point. This can be very beneficial as the earlier intervention takes place the easier it may be for your child to stay on the same time table as peers.

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