Are you the parent of a preschooler? Have you ever wondered if your child will be prepared for kindergarten? You are certainly not alone! Many parents are unaware of the skills that their child should have upon entering kindergarten. There are a lot of things you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten. Are you considering placing your child in the VB public school’s kindergarten program? You’ll find a wealth of information ranging from an overview of the program to school menus and course guides.
Read to Your Child
Reading is at the heart of learning, and reading aloud helps children prepare for school success. "Getting Your Child Ready for Kindergarten" is a suggested list of books that will help families and early childhood educators easily find picture books that introduce basic concepts and skills. The books are listed by the four core categories of the Virginia Standards of Learning and include alphabet books, counting stories, number books, stories about animals, weather, starting school and more. All of the books are available at Virginia Beach Public Library branch locations. Download the book list.
The VBPL also offers early literacy classes for children ages six months - five years old. Visit their website for a list of classes.
Even though the “building blocks” for brain development are created before birth, the brain is only 25 percent complete at birth. The brain grows to about 80 percent of adult size by three years of age and 90 percent by age five. For more information about how a child’s brain develops visit Zero to Three’s website.
Child Development Resources
Find information about child development, community resources, early learning experiences, literacy development and activities to help you prepare your child to be ready to learn when he or she enters schools. Below is a list of organizations:
To help parents and preschool teachers know exactly what will be expected of students entereing kindergarten. Growsmart has developed a Kindergarten Transition Checklist. This checklist indentifies literacy, math, language, gross and fine motor, and social/emotional skills a child should master prior to entering kindergarten.
There are many activities you can do with your child to develop fine motor skills on the checklist. Download our month of fine motor activities calendar here.
Before entering kindergarten, all preschool students are screened to determine whether they are eligible for additional assistance programs. The VB City public schools offer half-day kindergarten to all students. Qualifying students may enroll in an extended day kindergarten program, an extension of the half-day kindergarten program. This provides kindergarteners with additional instruction in language and math. Every elementary school has an EDK program. Title I students attend full-day kindergarten programs. Visit the VBCPS website for more information on kindergarten programs, registration and school-specific information.
KG Meals-What should you expect?
Virginia Beach City Public Schools morning kindergartners may purchase a nutritious breakfast and afternoon kindergartners may purchase a nutritious lunch. View Virginia Beach City Public Schools lunch menus. Follow the link for "Elementary Schools."
Virginia Foundation Blocks for Early Learning
The Virginia Department of Education has created Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning as a guide for preschool education. These foundation blocks focus on the skills and experiences children will need in order to successfully enter kindergarten. Download the guide here.
Virginia SOLs for KG
The Standards of Learning (SOLs) for Virginia Public Schools describe the Commonwealth's expectations for student learning and achievement in kindergarten. Learn more about the Standards of Learning.
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GrowSmart’s mission is to promote and improve the
healthy development, school readiness, and reading
proficiency of young children, ages 0-8, in Virginia
This site was designed to provide information and resources for Virginia Beach parents, caregivers,and teachers of young children, ages 0-8.
The site is also intended for our community stakeholders who wish to find out more about the City of Virginia Beach’s early learning efforts and how you can get involved.
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