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Social Emotional Skills Prepare Children for Kindergarten

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Thursday April 04, 2013

As young children grow and develop, they may show interest in a variety of games, toys, and people.  To prepare for Kindergarten it is important that children have a wide assortment of play experiences in environments that involve imagination and support development in key areas.  These areas include social emotional development, cognitive development, language development and motor development.  All children will enter Kindergarten with different skills and interests.  Shelia Quenneville, a home based Child Care Provider says, “Children competent in social and emotional skills are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.  Social and emotional skills enable children to develop positive relationships with adults and children; they are confident, they are able to identify their emotions and those of others, solve conflicts, follow directions and focus on academics.”  Help your child with these critical skills by playing alongside them, reading together and supporting their efforts to engage with other children.   Contacting the school system helps lay the foundation for communication about your child’s strengths and needs.  Please call your child’s South Burlington School today to receive registration materials and sign up for a screening event for families with incoming Kindergarteners. Kindergarten screening will take place at the following South Burlington Schools: Chamberlin- April 11, 12, Orchard- April 10, and Rick Marcotte Central- April 9, 10.  Please call your child’s school to set up an appointment.  If you are unsure about what school your child will attend, please contact the South Burlington School District at (802) 652-7250.
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SOURCE: Amy Ide, Growing Kids