Welcome to Kindergarten™ - Before starting school, children in the Welcome to Kindergarten program across Canada are given preparatory resources and experiences to position them for school success and lifelong learning. Parents/caregivers are invited to attend a workshop at their neighbourhood school where they receive early literacy resources as part of the Welcome to Kindergarten™ program and learning strategies for using the resources with their child.
Posted by the Welcome to Kindergarten TM team.
The year before and when a child starts school is an exciting and sometimes stressful time for children and their parents. We, at The Learning Partnership, developed the Welcome to Kindergarten TM Activity Calendar to help families get ready for the child’s transition into formal schooling.
The activities for this month are:
As you do everyday things like setting the table, encourage your child to name familiar things – e.g. “Let’s put a fork and knife at each place.” “Do you think we need a spoon?”
Play with your child and, as you play, chat about what your child is doing – e.g. “Tell me what you are doing.” “ What does your teddy bear want for lunch?”
Encourage the use of words that describe colour, shape, size and feel. Use these words yourself – e.g. “ I’m going to wear my green sweater today.” “Let’s find your big truck.”
Play language games. Games help your child develop vocabulary, concentration and listening skills – e.g. Sing favourite nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Make up words that rhyme with your child’s name, a favourite object, a nonsense word.
To download a copy of this month’s calendar visit
To receive information about the Welcome to Kindergarten program, please visit The Learning Partnership website or send an email to Karen Rallis at firstname.lastname@example.org .