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English - Getting School Ready!

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A free guide from the Foundation for Early Learning. To learn more, visit www.earlylearning.org
A free guide from the Foundation for Early Learning. To learn more, visit www.earlylearning.org

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Published by: Foundation for Early Learning on Jul 21, 2009
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Getting School Ready!®
is a statewide eort o the Foundation or Early Learning and its partners to support parents and caregivers as their children’srst teachers. A team including parents, early learning experts, community-base organizations, public health and school representatives created andupdated this guide.For school readiness news, resources, and inormation about the history o this project visit Foundation or Early Learning at
andclick on
Getting School Ready! 
For More Information:
to nd your child’s school inormation.Research schools at
.Call the WithinReach hotline at
or visit:
or amily health inormation and reerrals. Ask your librarian or books, music, videos, and other resources. Librariesalso have programs, such as story times, that can help your child prepareor school.Printed guides are available in Cambodian, Chinese, English, Korean,Russian, Somali, Spanish, agalog, and Vietnamese. o download print-ready pd les visit
. o purchase bookletscontact the Foundation or Early Learning at
.Photos courtesy o Child Care Resources, alaris Research Institute, ErinOkuno, and Peter Huisenga. A special thanks to Te Boeing Company orgenerously printing the booklets.
Fith printing
ENGLISH / 2010
 A Guide for: Parents and Family Members of Children Birth to Age Five, Caregivers, Early Childhood Educators, Kindergarten Teachers,Communities, Schools, And Everyone Who Touches a Child’s Life 
“How can kindergarten be ready or me?”“I want to be ready or kindergarten.”
Te original contents o this brochure come out o 41community conversations with more than 300 parents,early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers,school principals, and community members. Led by parent acilitators, the conversations took place in sevenlangagues: Cambodian, English, Oromo, Russian,Somali, Spanish, and Vietnamese. Tey were held in 17o King County’s 19 school districts.
Lead – Debra Sullivan (Praxis Institute orEarly Childhood Education) and Cheri Steani (PugetSound Educational Service District); Members – SusanBarkan (Public Health – Seattle and King County),Ellen Broeske (Puget Sound Educational ServiceDistrict), Rujuta Gaonkar (Public Health – Seattle andKing County), Bea Kelleigh (Project Lit-O), DianeKroll (Puget Sound Educational Service District),Deborah Lee (City o Seattle – ECEAP), Gail anaka(Comprehensive Health Education Foundation), Laura Wells (Child Care Resources); Copy editor RhondaPeterson (Project Lit-O).
Editorial Board:
Linda Averill (Shoreline Schools),Bridgett Chandler (alaris Research Institute), eriCliord (Puget Sound Educational Service District),om Drummond (North Seattle Community College), Julie Ezenwoye (early childhood educator), Karen Forys(North Shore School District), John Gottman (ProessorEmeritus, University o Washington), Maryann Johnston(Early Childhood Education consultant), Garrison Kurtz(Foundation or Early Learning), Wei Li-Chen (Asian/Pacic Islander Child Care ask Force), Teresa Lourde(parent acilitator or community conversations), KrisLowe (Child Care Resources), MAK Mitchell (SeattlePublic Schools), Carol Mizoguchi (parent acilitator orcommunity conversations), John Nimmo (Pacic OaksCollege Northwest), Sally Porter (King County Library System), Wendy Roedell (Puget Sound EducationalService District), Sue Schmitt (Seattle University), JillSells (American Academy o Pediatrics), Michael Silver(ukwila School District), Debra Williams-Appleton(Oce o the Superintendent o Public Instruction),Ed Yonamine (Washington State Department o Community, rade and Economic Development).Pages 12-18 were created in response to surveysconducted by the Washington State Departmento Health Immunization Program CHILD Prole.Special thanks to people who have been involved atvarious stages o the revision process: Bridgett Chandler(Works o Heart), Laura Hutchinson and DeniseFarrand (CHILD Prole – Seattle King County PublicHealth Department), Cheri Steani and Diane Kroll(Puget Sound ESD), Deb Williams-Appleton, ElaineVon Rosenstiel and Marcia Riggers (Oce o theSuperintendent o Public Instruction), Linda Averill(Shoreline School District), Kimberlee Archie and GuilleMorn (ormerly o the King County SOAR Initiative)Karen Howell Clark (United Way o King County), BeaKelleigh (the Early Care and Education Coalition) andMelissa Jennings, Patty urnberg, Jeanne Anderson andGarrison Kurtz (Foundation or Early Learning).
 What do children need to beready or kindergarten?
 What do schools need to beready or entering children?
I children could tell us,here’s what they might say:
“I need adults to work together to helpme get school ready.”How are you already helping?Read on to see what else you can do!
I need to get along with others.
You can:
Show me ways to make new riends.
Help me understand how I can be riends with children who
are dierent rom me.each me what to do when someone hurts my eelings.
I need to know how to talk with others andto listen.
You can:
alk with me about things I’m interested in.
each me how to know when it’s my turn to speak and when
I need to listen.each me words to describe my eelings and needs, and when
to use them.
My Social andEmotional Skills
I need to eel excited and comortable aboutstarting kindergarten.
You can:
Let me know you’re excited about me starting kindergarten.
Give me a chance to visit my school beore I start.
Listen to my thoughts and ideas about school.
Play a game with me to pretend I’m in school already.
I need to know what kindergarten will be like.
You can:
each me to ollow directions by giving me simple steps.
Help me learn how to share with other children, stand in line,
 wait my turn, and sit in a circle.
I need to eel good about mysel.
You can:
Pay attention to me and listen to my ideas.
Help me eel good about all the things I can do.
Praise me or my strengths.
Be patient and let me develop at my own pace.
each me that all my eelings are okay, but not all my actions
are okay. For example, it’s okay to be upset, but it’s not okay to hit others.each me ways to calm mysel down when I get rustrated.

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