Ready for Kindergarten!
Getting off to a strong start at Kindergarten helps a child feel good about school, and about himself. Here are some traits and skills that you can help your child develop before he or she gets to Kindergarten:
- Enjoys being read to; can retell a story.
- Speaks in complete sentences.
- Prints first name.
- Knows numbers and quantities to five.
- Names and sorts items by color, shape and size.
- Understands concepts such as more, less, same, above, below, big and small.
- “Settles in” to new groups or situations.
- Can concentrate for five minutes.
- Follows simple directions
- Shows kindness and concern for others.
Give your child fun, no-stress opportunities to practice these skills with you before he gets to Kindergarten. For more activity ideas, go to http://www.fwps.org/cur/piap/ For more information about Kindergarten readiness, please contact your neighborhood school.
- In Federal Way Schools, Kindergarten registration is held each year from May 1 through 15.
- Children must be five years old by August 31 and proof of immunization and a birth certificate are needed at the time of registration.
- To register, parents should take their child to their neighborhood school during school hours or during the scheduled Kindergarten Roundup.
- Parents who wish to enroll their Kindergarten-aged student at a school outside of the neighborhood, but within Federal Way, should fill out a choice enrollment form. These forms are available at all elementary schools or at the Educational Service Center, 33330 8th Ave South, Federal Way. For more information, go to http://www.fwps.org/info/choice/.
- Kindergarten classes are held in the morning or afternoon. Parents are asked for their preference of morning or afternoon at the time of registration.
- Many Federal Way elementary schools also offer a fullday Kindergarten option at a cost of $230 per month. More information, a Round- Up schedule and required forms are available at http://www.fwps.org/info/enrollment/.