We’re very excited to welcome your child and family to kindergarten for the 2024-25 school year.

Many caregivers have questions about preparing their child for the kindergarten experience. To help families throughout this process, Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) has developed a five-week series of simple activities you can do this summer with your child. This the fourth email in the series.

One of the most powerful ways to help children with their literacy and numeracy journey is to make it meaningful! Having a reason to write and understanding that writing is a recording of our thoughts is a big step for children. This week, we’re sharing information around a fun way to share a writing experience with your child: creating a summer journal together. You could create one for a special trip or simply use it as a time to spend a few quiet minutes with your child each day. Journaling is also a powerful way to process thoughts and feelings, as well as providing an opportunity to talk about a past event. It doesn’t need to be fancy or time consuming. Check out the link for more ideas!

Preparing for Kindergarten: Summer Journal

Another powerful early-writing experience is learning to print your name. Many children come to kindergarten already able to do this and other children aren’t quite there yet, which is just fine! There are many ways to work on printing your name. For children whose motor skills need more time to develop, there are still fun ways to work on recognizing and sequencing the letters.

Stay tuned for next week’s email about backyard fun and a link to our Preparing for Kindergarten contest!

We encourage you to visit the EIPS website and check out the additional resources available to support caregivers.