REED CITY — Kindergarten round-up is the perfect time for families to preregister children for the upcoming school year.

During the event, which will take place on Tuesday, March 24, at GT Norman Elementary School, families will experience a typical day in kindergarten, meet teachers and tour the classrooms. An overview of the kindergarten curriculum and the layout of the school also 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.

The day of the event, student’s last names beginning with A through L will take place at 5:30 p.m. Student’s last names beginning with M through Z will take place at 6:30 p.m.

To be eligible for kindergarten for the 2015-16 school year, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. To pre-register a child in kindergarten, parents must bring a certified (original) copy of the child’s birth certificate, an updated immunization record and a driver’s license or proof of residency. 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," said DeAnna Goodman, principa at GT Norman. "I think the first year of Kindergarten is a really exciting time for families. Along with the excitement comes some anxiety. Kindergarten Round-up helps initiate the partnership between the school and the home.”

Information packets will be provided to let parents know what skills to practice at home to prepare their child 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 good citizenship. GT Norman offers a complete kindergarten curriculum including English language arts, math, science and social studies. In addition to those subject areas, students will attend rotation classes including science enrichment/computer technology, art and physical education.

The teachers at GT Norman plan field trips and Fun Fridays to reach all styles of learners. Whole and small group instruction, learning centers, the use of books, music and hands-on activities are just part of the varied methods used to educate students. Instructional reading interventions also are provided to all students through the Title 1 program. During RTI instruction, students learn valuable pre-reading and phonics skills to help them be successful early learners. The universal breakfast program is provided every day for all students free of charge and students have the option to bring a home lunch or buy lunch from the cafeteria. On-site before and after school care is available to all students through Kiddie’s Klubhouse.

For more information, call (231) 832-5548 or visit reedcity.k12.mi.us.