Please contact the Elementary Office for preschool options at Onsted Elementary, (517) 467-7046.
Please join our Kindergarten Team for Round Up on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Onsted Elementary school.
Ideas to consider when determining whether your child is ready for Kindergarten
Reading Rockets Activities to Build Strong Skills for Kindergarten Readiness
Early Learning Foundation List of Skills
Michigan Department of Education Transition to Kindergarten Resources
GELN Preschool Literacy Essentials
Lenawee Intermediate School District Cradle to Career Initiative
Sign up for free books from Imagination Library (Dolly Parton)
Fine Motor Ideas
If you walk past a typical kindergarten classroom you’ll see brightly colored construction paper shapes, numbers, and letters covering the walls and lots of little chairs pulled up to waiting little desks. There’s usually a rug over in the corner waiting for story time and a rainbow of crayons ready for coloring. This is a special time for you and a first big step as you have spent years watching your child grow, explore, learn, and play through the first years of life.
It can be a bittersweet moment to see your little one taking his first steps into the classroom. As the school year progresses, it can also be easy to allow that little one to start missing days at school for reasons other than sickness. They are tired, anxious, or want to play with their little brother. This seems like a harmless decision but often those days add up, one by one, and by the end of the year a day or two off has turned into the equivalent of a month.
What effect does a lot of time away from school have on your child’s education? Kindergarten teaches the basics and develops a solid foundation that can lead to your child’s future educational success. These skills are the launching pad for leading a productive and successful life. When your child misses these lessons in elementary school studies show they are at greater risk for falling behind their classmates, struggling with their studies in higher grades, and dropping out in high school.
So what are the benefits of your kindergartner attending school as much as possible?
If your child is chronically absent, which means they miss more than 10% of the school year (18 out of 180 school days per year), they are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. Failure to read at their grade level by 3rd grade means your child is four times more likely than skilled readers to drop out of high school.
When chronic absences continue into first grade, students with 9 or more absences are two times more likely to drop out of high school than students who attend school regularly. High School dropouts can be predicted with 66% accuracy based on attendance data in the third grade.
Studies show kindergartners with chronic absence have lower academic performance in 1st grade, especially in reading for Latino students. For children from economically disadvantaged homes, the poor performance stayed with them through 5th grade.
Absence in the early years of school might not seem like a big deal, but children who develop a carefree attitude about attendance and carry it on to their adult life may struggle with success in college classes when professors require regular attendance or in the workplace where employers have high expectations of punctuality and attendance from their employees.
Developing Habits That Foster Success
Getting a kindergartner out the door on time and in the classroom everyday is no small task when you are already juggling younger or older children, a job outside the home, and the everyday struggles of life in general. Here are some ideas to help you get your kindergartner in the classroom as much as possible this school year.
With regular attendance, your child can get everything they need to excel in their academics and be fully prepared to live a happy and successful life.