Welcoming New Children and Families
StrongSart Educators and Kindergarten teachers play a vital role in establishing positive connections with children and their families.
Welcoming events and conversations set the tone for a positive transition. Cohesive transitions to Kindergarten support long term social and emotional well-being as well as academic success. Consider how to address common barriers to engagement between families and school such as language, cultural context, and scheduling etc.
The Early Learning Framework reminds us that families are their children’s first teachers. They are respected as teachers of culture, heritage, language, and values. Families have a profound impact on the beliefs, knowledge and well-being of children. When we make positive connections with families we begin to nurture a home/school partnership that will be invaluable throughout the child’s educational journey.
What are some key messages to share with families about preparing for school?
- Follow your child’s lead as you play and discover together.
- Talk and read with your child in your first language.
- Help your child to share and take turns.
- Encourage your child to make choices and decisions.
- Use everyday moments to inquire and wonder (indoors and outdoors)
- Encourage children to explore their interests
- Use play as an opportunity for unexpected learning
- Play games with your child, such as board games, card games, or movement games.
- Share your family story with your child
- Talk about what makes your family unique
- Celebrate your child’s learning
Please consider using the “Getting to Know Your Child” template to guide your welcoming conversation
- Request a copy here
Resources to share with your families: