What Kindergarten Teachers Wish Parents Knew

  1. Kindergarten is not what it used to be. With increasing numbers of children attending preschool and schools across the nation instituting PreK and full-day kindergarten programs, students are not only entering kindergarten more prepared to learn but also have more time in which to do so.
  2. Kindergarten is a much more academically rigorous environment than many parents remember. Your kindergartener will be learning much more than how to share and use classroom materials. Be prepared to see your child’s reading skills blossom and her mathematical mind challenged.
  3. Volunteering in the classroom isn’t the only way you can help out.  Kindergarteners do a significant amount of hands-on learning and projects, meaning teachers often have a lot of prep work and non-budgeted expenses. Offering to provide the materials for a project or sending in staples like reclosable plastic bags, paper cups, napkins or tissues can save a teacher huge out-of-pocket expenses. Or, if you’re crafty, your child’s teacher would probably love to have you cut out or assemble project pieces at home.
  4. Learning is a full-time endeavor and you are your child’s primary teacher. Learning doesn’t begin at 9:00 and end at 3:00. Your child is going to learn a lot and be exposed to new ideas in school, but at the end of the day, it’s up to you to keep that learning going. In fact, teachers rely on parents reinforcing newly learned skills as a way to promote ongoing scholastic success.