COYOTE CORNER: Kindergarten Round-up: Experience your kid's routine

By G.T. Norman Elementary Kindergarten Teachers

Kindergarten Round-up is a family’s opportunity to experience some of a kindergartener’s typical day, pre-register for school, meet teachers, and tour classrooms. Also, an overview of the Kindergarten curriculum and layout of the school will be presented. Kindergarten readiness will be discussed and parents will be provided with resources to help prepare their child for that exciting first day of school. Reed City Public Schools annual Kindergarten Round-up will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at G.T. Norman Elementary. Student’s last names ending A-L will be held at 5:30. Students’ last names ending M-Z will be held at 6:30.

To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2012-2013 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2012. To pre-register a child in Kindergarten, parents must bring: a certified (original) copy of the child’s birth certificate and an updated immunization record. A social security card is optional.

“If the children have never been in a school setting before, it’s a great opportunity to visit the school. I think the first year of kindergarten is a really exciting time for families,” says DeAnna Goodman, a kindergarten teacher at G.T. Norman Elementary. “Along with the excitement comes some anxiety. Kindergarten Round-up helps initiate the partnership between the school and the home.”

Information packets will be given to let parents know what they need to do to prepare their children for school. In Kindergarten, children will learn many concepts and skills that will help them become successful learners. It is also a place where they will begin to develop into good citizens. G.T. Norman offers a complete kindergarten curriculum including language arts and reading, math, science and social studies, computer technology, art, music and physical education. The Kindergarten curriculum is very important because this is the grade level where children are exposed to much of the content and skills that will be developed throughout their academic career.

Teachers at G.T. Norman use field trips, whole and small group instruction, learning centers, use of books, music, and hands on activities to offer varied instruction to their students. Instructional reading interventions are also provided to all students through the L.E.A.P. program. During LEAP instructions students learn valuable pre-reading and phonics skill to help them be successful early learners. K1 is a program for children that are age eligible for Kindergarten but may need the gift of another year to develop their confidence and be successful in school. Universal breakfast, lunch and on-site before and after school care is available to all students.

Our experienced, dedicated staff is eager to make a difference in the lives of their students. We invite you to explore our website at reedcity.k12.mi.us to learn more about our school, PTO, staff and the exciting happenings at G.T. Norman Elementary. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at (231) 832-5548.