Prekindergarten and Kindergarten
Transitioning Through to Kindergarten
Research has offered evidence that the positive attitude of the parents/caregivers toward education has a strong impact on student success.
- Kindergarten is easier when children have basic skills such as the following: knowing their personal information; being able to dress independently; being independent with personal care; and knowing how to cooperate with other children through sharing and taking turns.
- Singing with and reading to your child strengthens their language and communication skills. Children need to hear the rhythm of language and they benefit from listening to the same stories and verses over and over again. If parents/caregivers demonstrate a love of books, then children usually will too.
- Providing writing tools and paper for children and encouraging them to "write" lists, thank you notes, etc. also promotes development.
- Play time is learning time!
For parents of students with intensive needs, the following documents will be helpful for you to prepare for your child’s transition to PreK/K meeting:
Early Years Evaluation-Teacher Assessment
Kindergarten teachers across Saskatchewan utilize the Early Years Evaluation Teacher Assessment (EYE-TA) with all Kindergarten children as outlined by the Ministry of Education. This developmental screening tool provides parents, teachers and schools with accurate and meaningful information on children’s early developmental skills. The information gathered will help to support a responsive learning environment for your child and will help teachers to design instruction and support strategies. The Experiences That Can Strengthen Your Child's Development document contains simple ideas that will promote the development of skills included in the five EYE-TA domains.