Kindergarten orientation is typically held in May. During this experience, your child will visit Edgewood School on two separate occasions. The first visit is a group orientation, during which your child will have an opportunity to meet our kindergarten teachers, as well as our Psychologist, Learning Resource Center teachers, Speech and Language Pathologist and E.S.L. teacher. After having a snack, children will participate in three different centers with a small group of their peers. During this time, your child will practice cutting, pasting, drawing, identifying letters, counting, stringing beads and stacking blocks. They will also be engaged in some gross motor activities, including hopping and balancing. The session will end with a read-aloud, during which one of our teachers will read a story to the children about starting kindergarten.
At the time of that visit, you will also sign your child up for an individual screening visit at Edgewood. During this short visit (30 minutes) with the Psychologist and Speech and Language Pathologist (or E.S.L. teacher) your child will participate in a brief screening during which we will have an opportunity to get to know him/her a little better. We are committed to the heterogeneous grouping of all children, based on gender, age, personality, and areas of strength or need and this screening contributes to our knowledge of your child.
During the individual screening, your child will be engaged in short activities to determine:
v Basic Personal Knowledge
v Visual-Motor Skills
v Numerical Concepts
v Directional Concepts
v Ability to Follow Directions
v Memory for Spoken Languagev Knowledge of Shapes, Numbers, and Letters
If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to share information about your child, please feel free to make an appointment to meet with us in the near future.