JCPS first day of school tips for kindergartners

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - JCPS is offering these tips to parents to help get their kindergartners ready for their first day of school.

Transportation Issues
Parents should have received a transportation information card last month, according to the school district, that must be filled out and returned to the school. Parents still needing one should contact their child's school.

On the first day of school, luggage tags will be placed on backpacks with important transportation information. Temporary lanyards will be given to children without backpacks.

If your child is a bus rider, watch a first-day-of-school video located on the JCPS web site here.

Tips for success
JCPS recommends talking about the school so your child sees it in his or her eyes as a friendly place. Ideas given be the district include the following: talking about school every time you drive by it, attending orientation as a family, and making trips to the campus playground.

Other advice from JCPS:
- Learn social skills: sharing, waiting and communicating
- Follow directions: work with your child on listening, paying attention and following directions, like putting away items and shutting doors.
- Loosen the apron strings: if not in a preschool or day-care program, look for ways for your child to spend time away from you.
- Check for health: make sure immunizations are up to date and complete a physical exam with vision and hearing tests
JCPS wants parents to remember that each child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. Invest extra time to help your child learn new skills.

Things children should know for the first day:
- Say and write his or her first and last name.
- Say his or her telephone number and address. (This may be easier if set to a familiar tune, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb.")
- Recognize the eight basic colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, black, brown, and purple).
-Recognize numbers from 1-10, count from 1-20 and recognize all letters of the alphabet.
- Hold pencils, crayons, scissors and markers correctly.
- Use the bathroom on his or her own.
- Zip, snap, tie, button, and fasten Velcro.

Making routines work:
- Set a bedtime and stick to it.
- Limit TV watching.
- Plan the next day's meals.
- Make sure the next day's transportation is set.
- Work with your child to pick out the next day's clothes.

For more information on how to prepare your kindergartner for the first day of school, contact your child's principal.

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