How to Prepare
As Kindergarten is a time of learning independence, it is a good chance to provide your child with items he or she can manage on their own. Children are proud of their accomplishments as they learn and grow – over the summer patiently help them on their road to independence and praise their efforts (even if it means messes and spills along the way).
- Help your child to become toilet-trained and to learn thorough hand-washing.
- Teach your child to be independent in dressing/undressing in outdoor clothing and in opening/closing their snack/lunch containers and eating lunch.
- Let your child know about all of the exciting activities they will be doing at school: walks in the nature garden, circle time with songs and stories, free play with blocks, cars, water play, drawing and crafts. They will also have the chance to make new friends and learn exciting new skills.
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings and reassure them that you will be back to pick them up in the afternoon.
- Trust the staff and communicate with them when your child is having difficulties.
- Be on time at the start and the end of the day. Children often feel uncomfortable when arriving late.
On the first day of school, give them a big hug … but then give them wings to fly.
What to Bring
- A big smile
- A full-sized backpack with enough room for your child’s lunch bag as well as library books, notes, and workcrafts from school (labelled on the inside with your child’s name).
- A nut-free, littlerless lunch as well as two healthy snacks. At Runnymede School we have “Boomerang lunches” where students return uneaten food back home, along with all containers and food packaging. Please use reusable containers where possible.
- A pair of indoor running shoes (labelled with your child’s name) that your child can put on and fasten by themselves. Your child will be assigned a place to leave their indoor shoes in the classroom. Running shoes are strongly recommended for outdoor shoes as crocs and sandals are not allowed on the playground climbers.
- A change of clothes (underwear, socks, pants, top, all pieces labelled) in a large zip-lock bag with your child’s name on it.
Individual teachers will send home information in the first week of school regarding any other requested items (school supplies, etc.)
It is also very important that all of your child’s outdoor clothes, shoes and boots as well as food containers be labelled with their name.