Fairfax Early Childhood Partnership's March 5-4-3-2-1 Early Childhood Tips for Today!

Supporting a Preschooler's Successful Transition to Kindergarten

(Worth Repeating May 2019 Tip with a few updates to 5 Things to Know or Do and 4 Read Alouds! Link to previous Tips here.)

Learn more about kindergarten in FCPS. 

5 Things to Know or Do 5 Things to Know or Do:

  1. Connect families with their child’s base school.  Encourage them to build healthy home-school connections, attend orientation, join the PTA, visit the school website, sign up for News You Choose, and ask about summer activities for rising kindergartners in order to begin building positive relationships before the first day of school.
  2. Talk positively to children about starting kindergarten. Have children share their feelings and ask questions too.
  3. Read stories about kindergarten, and/or create a class book about kindergarten.  Consider using the familiar language of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and include photos of the schools children will be entering in the fall.  As children gain knowledge, plan dramatic play activities related to the kindergarten experience.
  4. Regularly facilitate activities that support the development of children’s self-regulation skills
  5. Providing meaningful information about rising kindergarten students to the base school. Information about children’s strengths, areas of development requiring additional support and successful strategies used in the early childhood setting can help ensure a smooth transition.

4 Children Read Alouds 4 Children Read Alouds

3 Links to Visit 3 Links to Visit

  1. Fairfax Futures: Paving the Way to Kindergarten (PDF)
  2. National Association for the Education of Young Children: Transitioning to Kindergarten
  3. National Association for the Education of Young Children: Transitions to Kindergarten

2 Points to Access Research 2 Videos to View

  1. Stepping Into Kindergarten
  2. Transitions from the Children's Perspectives

1 Video to View 1 Point to Access Research

  1. University of Chicago: Research Report: A Community Effort to Support the Transition from Pre-K to Kindergarten (PDF)