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Kindergarten Round Up Tips

Kindergarten Round Up is a big deal for new students and their families. They are anxious to learn about their new school and excited to make their debut. These students will soon be attending a kindergarten round up (open house) and teachers are planning for ways to make this day a success. Keep reading for helpful kindergarten round up tips that will benefit teachers, students, and their families.

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Tip #1 – Create an Inviting Environment

This can be a time of many feelings for students and their families. Create a space that is calm and inviting for families.

  • Play soft background music.
  • Have student work examples on display for families to browse.
  • Create a photo center for students to take a “Future Kindergartener” picture. Grab the Chalkboard Kindergarten Bulletin Board set HERE for the perfect photo opportunity.
  • Offer a snack and drink table.

Tip #2 – Activity Stations

Set out activities for future kindergartners to work on while visiting. This will allow their parents time to fill out paperwork, ask questions, and get acclimated with the new world their child is entering. Some fun ideas for children to work on are below.

  • Play-Doh Letters/Numbers
  • Puzzles
  • Sensory Bins
  • Task Bins
  • Drawing Items (paper, markers, crayons)

Tip #3 – Kindergarten Readiness Information

Parents will have questions regarding their child’s readiness for kindergarten. Prepare a packet of helpful information that parents can take home and use as a tool in the months leading up to the first day of kinder. Some important items to include in your packet are listed below.

  • Checklist of basic skills needed for kindergarten (language, math, social/emotional, fine motor, literacy).
  • Practice sheets (counting, name writing, shapes, cutting, colors, letter/number formation).
  • Fun, optional activities to complete while preparing for kinder.
  • Parent Handouts on important topics (shoe tying, reading, preparing for cafeteria lunch).

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Tip #4 – Take a Tour

Give future kinders and their families a tour of the school building. This will help students familiarize themselves with the layout of the building and will help ease some of the worry on the 1st official day of school.

Check out the playground, cafeteria, library, bus/car loops, main office, and classrooms. Students will find excitement and comfort in seeing these spaces before the craziness of the first day.

Fun Tip: Turn the tour into a scavenger hunt. Create a checklist of places for them to find and check off their list. Provide a small treat or sticker to students once they have completed the scavenger hunt.

Tip #5 – Sample Schedule

Students and parents may not know what to expect during a full day of kindergarten. Explore a sample classroom schedule and routine. Discuss the main academic blocks of each day, center rotations, recess, specials, lunch, and dismissal.

Tip #6 – Q&A Time

Set aside time for a Question-and-Answer session. Invite students to ask questions as well. You can include a question box for parents to place questions in at the end of your round-up event. Reach out to those parents individually to provide an answer to their specific questions.

Tip #7 – Certificate of Intent

A fun kindergarten round-up tip to implement would be a “Kindergarten Signing Day.” Incoming kinders will sign their certificate of intent to commit to their new school (think signing day for athletes). This makes for a cute photo opportunity.

Tip #8 – My Kindergarten Wish

Hang chart paper around your main gathering area. Place sticky notes and pens near the chart paper. Have students write down one wish for kindergarten on a sticky note and add it to the chart. Hold on to these charts and hang them back up before the 1st day of school.

Tip #9 – Thank You Treat

End your round-up by giving each child a small treat to thank them for coming. All kids love a prize and this will easily give them heart eyes for kindergarten.

  • Fun Pencil
  • Small Snack
  • Coloring Sheet
  • Stickers (scented ones are a favorite)

Tip #9 – Parent Handouts

Share ways that parents can support learning at home with parent handouts! Start by sharing the FREE Science of Reading letter to families here inside Simply Kinder + Printable Membership and learn more about more parent handouts here!

We’d love to hear about your kindergarten round-up tips. Please make sure to tag us on Instagram here or share inside the Simply Kinder Teacher Facebook Group here.

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