Being ready for school means more than having certain academic skills, such as counting, ABCs, and letter printing, when starting Kindergarten. It refers to:
- Being in good health and developing independence in daily living skills (such as washroom independence)
- Being curious about the world and trying new experiences, as well as interacting cooperatively with other children and responding appropriately to adults
- Coping with small challenges (spending time away from mom or dad for short periods of time)
- Communicating own needs and speaking clearly about experiences
- Enjoying favourite books, songs, riddles and/or games.
- Participating in early learning experiences (public library or play dates)
- In Kindergarten, the intent is to join families in continuing the process of readying children for learning by supporting their physical, social, emotional development, and their communication, language and thinking skills. According to Halton Region, appropriate development in these areas has been shown to be important to future achievement in school.
- Visit Halton Region website to learn more about how to help ensure your child's first steps of school are as enjoyable as possible
- View a question and answer guide for parents provided by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
As many as one in six children have a vision problem. Too often many children go unchecked and they struggle in school.
The Halton District School Board partners with the Ontario Association of Optometrists to provide the Eye See…Eye Learn program. This free program provides Junior Kindergarten students with an eye exam and free glasses, if required. Refer to the video for more information.
Together, we can help every child see their world better.
Find out more about the Eye See…Eye Learn program.