Kindergarten round up is a program, usually held in the spring, in which rising kindergartners and their parents are invited to school to tour the school and classroom, meet teachers and staff, learn about curriculum and policies, fill out forms, meet fellow students and more. Perhaps more importantly, it eases anxiety about starting school by allows rising kindergarten students and parents to get comfortable with the facilities, teachers and school.
Since kindergarten round up is generally offered just once a year, there’s a lot to pack in to that short time. We’ve gathered a few tips for school administrators, teachers and parents on how to make the most out of this important event.
Keep the kids busy
While parents are busy filling out forms and talking to teachers, keep kids busy with books, activities and quiet toys. Our bus safety notepad contains multiple pages for students to color and write. Perfect for pre-k kids. And don’t forget the crayons!
Kids love snacks. Enough said.
Demonstrate the day-to-day
Walk the children through the daily aspects of school life, including school bus drop-off and pick-up, coat hooks, cubbies and desks, the lunch line, checking out library books and where they’ll go for gym, music and art class. Giving kids (and parents) a glimpse into everyday school life will answer a lot of questions and alleviate anxiety for all involved!
Don’t forget bus safety!
School bus safety is a huge part of pre-k education. By starting early, children will have a solid foundation of bus safety knowledge and skills by the time they board the bus for the first time in the fall. For parents who are anxious about the first day of school, our writable ID tags and stickers and other bus safety tools will help to give parents peace of mind about their new bus riders.
Kindergarten round up is an important part of preparing pre-k children for school, and a significant event in the lives of kids and parents. Thoughtful planning and thorough preparation will help children to be comfortable in the classroom, and excited about starting school in the fall!