I can’t believe it. My 7lb 2oz baby girl starts kindergarten in just a little over a month! Talk about one nervous mama. I can only imagine how I will feel when she begins middle school. I’ll probably feel seriously nuts when she starts high school. But, maybe it will get easier. Because, I’ll know it’s coming. I’ll know what to expect. Who am I kidding?! I never know what to expect. Especially with kids.
I’m your typical unprepared human. I’m usually late. I’m never prepared. If I am prepared, I feel like superwoman. I need a cape on those days. I wait until the last minute. I’m a horrible procrastinator. A really bad one. My oldest starts real school in just a little over a month. Would you like to know how prepared I am? I don’t know. Probably about 10%. I only say 10% because I ordered her some school clothes. Yes, this little angel is going to kindergarten.
The thought of kindergarten made a light bulb go off. Yep, the kind you see in cartoons. I just know there was one right over my head. With Haley being in school I have to be prepared. See, she’s been around kids. Mostly family. She has went a few times to daycare. She’s also stayed with a few babysitters. But, her real school exposure is almost nonexistent. Don’t get me wrong. She’s smart. Very smart. But, this is the first time I’ve done this. I know a few people who have younger kids. But, they are still years past kindergarten. Their memories are as bad as mine. When I ask about being prepared, I usually get the same response.
“Girl! I can’t remember that far back. Plus, so much has changed since then.”
Now I’m back to square one. Here I go again on my own. But, in reality, I’m never alone. Because I know that Mr. Google will ALWAYS be there to support me. To have my back. To answer my unanswered questions. Also to scare the crap out of me. To make me think that a sore on my leg is a flesh eating disease. It’s a love/hate relationship if you know what I mean.
Thankfully Google also leads me to legit websites most of the time. Websites like our county board of education. As long as I put in the right search terms. Thankfully they have a supply list posted for each school. This was a lifesaver in its self. I didn’t have to make an extra trip to the school. I didn’t have to wait until Open House. Which is only 3 days before school starts!
I was also directed to many informational blogs and websites. These references gave me list after list of important “what to know’s” about kindergarten. I’m telling ya’ll, bloggers are lifesavers! They do the research. You reap the benefits. Support bloggers!
So, if you have a little one starting kindergarten, I hope this guide I put together helps you out. It’s been my personal reference for about a week now. It has been a lifesaver. I like to see things wrote out. So, having the information right there in front of me, I can check it off as I go.
Kindergarten Supply List (2016-2017)
Keep in mind: these are the supplies that are listed on the supply list for our local county. Your may be different. But, I’m sure some things are the same.
Composition Books (4)
No. 2 Pencils (1 box)
Crayons (2 boxes)
1″ Economy Binder With Plastic Front Cover (1)
Glue Sticks (4)
Wide-Ruled Lined Paper (1 pack)
Student Scissors (1)
The below items were listed as optional items.
Dry Erase Markers
Block Style Erasers
White Copy Paper (1 pack)
I did a little scouring on other websites as well. I found some extra supplies that may be on your kindergarten supply list.
Clean Gym Shoes (leave at school)
Lunchbox (if they will not be eating school lunch)
Documents For Kindergarten Registration
When you register your child for kindergarten, there are a few documents you may need.
Social Security Card
Proof of Immunizations
Proof of Dental and Hearing Exam
Proof of Residency (cable bill, electric bill, etc.)
Your Government Issued ID
I was under the impression I would not have to pre-register Haley for kindergarten. So many people told me I would just do it at open house. I’m glad I checked our local board of education website way before open house. Because, I already missed the early registration. I only had so many days to register her. So, make sure you know when Kindergarten registration for your area is! This should be available on your board of education website. You can also call the school in which your child plans on attending.
Before Kindergarten: Personal Information Your Child Should Know
Remember, each child learns at a different pace. Maybe your child can not remember these things. Maybe your child is like Haley. Haley has the good ole trusty “selective memory.” It doesn’t mean something is wrong. While knowing these things is important, they may not get it right away. They’ll get it eventually. They’ll be graduating college before you know it!
Their First & Last Name
How to adjust their clothing before and after they use the bathroom.
Use the bathroom alone and know to wash their hands after each bathroom trip.
Able to remove, and put on, any outerwear.
Before Kindergarten: Social Skills Your Child Should Have
Share with other children.
The ability to participate in group activities.
Able to handle problems, or conflict, without becoming aggressive and/or physical.
Know the boundaries of certain interactions (touching, kicking, etc.)
Before Kindergarten: Personality Skills Your Child Should Have
Able to follow a routine.
Asks for help when there is a problem.
Be able to listen to a story for 10-15 minutes.
Clean up messes they make.
Able to follow directions that have 2-3 steps.
Speaks clearly without having to point out clues to what they’re saying.
Before Kindergarten: Reading & Writing Skills
Enjoys having story read to them and shows interest in the stories.
Can listen to a story and then tell you what happened during the story.
Uses scribbles and maybe letters to write a word.
Knows their alphabet (A-Z).
Can match upper case and lower case letters.
The ability to rhyme words.
Can write first name.
Can spell first name.
Can copy first name.
Before Kindergarten: Math, Colors, Shapes & Number Skills
Able to identify numbers 1-10. Even if they are not in order.
Able to count to 30.
Can sort things my shape, size, and color.
Can identify a square, a circle, a rectangle, and a triangle.
Understands concepts such as: up and down, behind and in front of, inside and outside, above and below, etc.
Understands concepts such as: big and little, fast and slow, empty and full, less and more, etc.
Before Kindergarten: Physical Skills Your Child Should Have
Pedal a tricycle.
Jump on one foot.
Jump in place.
Throw a ball in a specific direction.
Catch a ball.
Stack 10 blocks.
String beads within two minutes.
Make easy Play Doh shapes.
Use a glue stick.
Hold writing utensils correctly.
Cut out a 3″ square, triangle, and circle on construction paper.
I know there are so many more skills that may be needed. As I said above, don’t be sad if your “almost kindergartener” doesn’t have these skills. Each child learns at their own pace. As always, if you’re concerned it’s best to contact a pediatrician.
I plan on packing Haley a few special lunches to take to Kindergarten. Especially on the first day. Follow my board on Pinterest “Kindergarten Lunch Ideas.” You’ll find some amazing lunch ideas there for your new Kindergarten student!