Incoming Kindergartners must be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2021.
Exception: According to Michigan Law, a child may be enrolled in kindergarten if he/she is not five years of age on September 1, 2021, but will be five years of age not later than December 1, 2021, and parent or legal guardian notifies the school district in writing (Kindergarten Waiver Form) that he or she intends to enroll the child in kindergarten.
Research indicates that developmentally appropriate full-day schedules benefit kindergarten children academically, socially and emotionally. Our principals and teachers understand this and are well equipped to meet the needs of our kindergarten students.
Our kindergarten students begin to learn a whole host of reading, writing and mathematics concepts and learning strategies that give them the foundation for a successful start to their schooling.
How can I help my child prepare for kindergarten?
Help your child gain independence - Support your child in being able to dress themselves, tie their own shoes, zip their coats, clean up dishes from the table, wash their hands, complete simple chores.
Support conversation and listening to others - Talk with your child, encourage questions, play games with turn taking, read books, tell stories, talk about the stories or the facts in a book, encourage retelling of an event or a story, etc.
Encourage curiosity and a sense of wonder - Talk with your child. Ask open-ended questions such as, “What do you think?”, “Is there another way?”, “How might you…?” Explore new experiences together: visit the zoo, the library, the mall, the park etc.
Support problem solving and perspective taking - Encourage your child to figure things out. Ask questions like, “Is there another way?”, “What could you do to fix that?”, “How might you help with?”, “How did that make your friend feel?”
Encourage reading and writing - Read to your child, notice familiar signs in your community, encourage your child to make lists, draw pictures, play with letters and words. For more ideas visit the US Department of Education Reading Tips .
Engage in math-based activities - Encourage measuring and counting. Cook with your child, play memory and simple card games, spend time playing board games together, count, sort, and group items when driving in the car or grocery shopping.