We’re looking forward to welcoming our new kindergarten students in the 2021-22 school year. Registration for new kindergartners is now open on our website!
What to Expect When Your Child is a Kindergartner
Early childhood experts tell us that five-year-olds generally share some common characteristics and abilities. Of course, every child is different, so your new kindergartner may be demonstrating some traits and skills already or may have mastered some and not shown others. That’s perfectly normal.
Kindergarten is a time for lots of learning and your child’s teacher is here to help! You can help your child practice these important skills so he is well prepared for kindergarten.New kindergartners often…
- Are eager and curious learners.
- Are physically active and participate in both structured and unstructured play, alone and with other children.
- Are interested in stories, books, rhymes, pictures, games, and songs.
- Enjoy imaginative play but can distinguish between real life and make-believe.
- Learn by doing, observing, imitating, investigating, examining, and exploring.
- Respond to praise and consistent rules.
- Are becoming more independent and want to make their own choices.
- Have an increasing attention span but need to change activities frequently.
- Like to talk and may enjoy being the center of attention.
- Develop friendships with peers and demonstrate empathy and understanding by trying to comfort and help others.
- Try both familiar and new strategies to solve a problem.
- Ask questions and seek new information.
- Can manage feelings and handle social situations more independently.
A child typically comes to school with these skills…
- Knows that the school day includes many activities, including listening time and work time.
- Demonstrates appropriate school behavior, including when to use an “inside voice”, when to wait for a turn, and how to share with friends.
- Sits and actively listens for 10 minutes or more at a time.
- Identifies basic shapes (2D and 3D shapes).
- Knows many letters by sight, both uppercase and lowercase.
- Writes some letters, for instance, those in her name, holding a pencil or crayon correctly.
- Recognizes some letter sounds.
- Understands that letters form words, words make sentences, and sentences are separated by spaces in print. Knows that printed words read left to right and top to bottom.
- Follows multi-step directions.
- Talks in complete sentences in an understandable voice.
- Sorts objects by attributes such as color, shape, and size.
- Uses senses to learn about the world around him.
- Recognizes numbers and counts up to 20 in order.
- Uses materials to create original artwork to express herself.
- Can sequence familiar stories or events.
Your child’s teacher welcomes you as an active partner in your child’s education.
- Sign up for a Parent Portal account for safe and secure online access to key information about your child’s academic career, 24/7. Go to gcpsk12.org and click on the Parents tab at the top. (Once you register your child for kindergarten online, your Parent Portal account is activated!)
- Learn how you can help at home, using resources posted to the district’s Early Learning web page and on the district’s Pinterest account.
- Stay informed on school and class happenings. Read newsletters and reports that come home. Look for regular communication from the teacher by email, on teacher course pages, or in your child’s book bag. Check the school website and the district website for updates.
- Attend parent-teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress.
- Know the adults who work with your child daily, including teachers, principal, other administrators, office staff, counselor, clinic worker, cafeteria staff, bus driver, and others.
On May 17, 2021, the Georgia Department of Education’s Curriculum and Instruction Department has determined that North Metro Academy of the Performing Arts meets the requirements for the Creative School Arts Integration School of Excellence Award. They acknowledged that all students have access to arts integration in every subject at our school, and there are both rigor and relevance in the arts integration programming. In addition, arts integration professional development is ongoing, your program is well organized, and the school involves the community in the arts. Congratulations to North Metro Academy of Performing Arts!