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Kindergarten Registration

over 2 years ago

Kindergarten Registration is held in the spring of each year. Please check the calendar link for specific dates and times. 

Age: Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1st to enter kindergarten in the fall.

 Bring the following items to register your child:

  • The child you are registering for kindergarten
  • Your child's birth certificate
  • Your child's social security card
  • Vision/Hearing/Dental/Nutritional form (Georgia form 3300) from the Health Department or your child's doctor
  • Proof of required shots (Georgia Immunization form 3231)
  • Proof of residency in Lumpkin County (utility bill or rental/purchase contract)

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

over 2 years ago

Getting Ready for Kindergarten

As a parent, you play the most important role in getting your child off to a good start in kindergarten. The following are things your child should be familiar with before entering kindergarten. Remember that children love to learn and they learn best through "hands-on" activities and participation.

For safety, children should learn:

  • their full name, address, and phone number
  • the name of their school
  • full name and place of work of parents or guardians
  • how to contact available, safe adults in case of emergency
  • which bus they will ride to and from school or who will pick them up from school

To support health/nutrition children should:

  • wash hands before and after meals, after using the toilet, and as often as needed
  • cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing (use arm, not hand)
  • make healthy food choices from the basic food groups

To learn responsibility, children can:

  • dress and undress without assistance
  • put on shoes and tie shoes
  • take care of things and put them away
  • share belongings
  • share in home chores and responsibilities

To prepare for school, children can:

  • play with other children in their own age group
  • use crayons, pencils, scissors, markers, and glue
  • follow the rules and directions that you give
  • sit and listen to a story

Specific academic skills children should know when they enter kindergarten:

  • your child should be able to hold a pencil and scissors correctly
  • your child should be able to count to 10
  • your child should know the basic colors - red, blue, green, yellow, black, brown, orange, purple
  • your child should be familiar with the alphabet
  • your child should be able to distinguish between numerals and letters
  • your child should be able to write their first name (first letter capitalized, all other letters lower case)

Things You Can Do At Home

  • Help your child make choices at home (clothes to wear, activities to do...)
  • Provides opportunities for your child to be with other children, to learn to share, wait, and take turns.
  • Provide new situations for your child (go to the library, store, community activities). Talk to your child about what to expect beforehand.
  • Let your child practice putting on clothes independently.
  • Encourage your child to use language to make their needs known and to solve problems (getting a drink, going to the bathroom, asking for help).
  • Involve your child in writing (drawing, making cards, stories, letters). Celebrate your child's attempts to write.
  • Talk about your child's name and the letters in their name.
  • Tell stories and say poems and rhymes in your own language.
  • Read to your child and talk about pictures, ideas, words, and letters.
  • Point out words, numbers, and signs in your home and in the community.
  • Talk with your child about the things they see or hear on walks, trips, and on tv.
  • Involve your child in sorting activities with toys, clothes, food.
  • Talk about shapes and patterns that they see in your home. (circle, triangle, square, diamond, oval, rectangle)
  • Encourage your child's use of imagination through drawing, building things, acting out stories.
  • Provide time for your child to exercise and develop large muscles (running, climbing, playing with balls, riding a bike, swimming).
  • Provide time for your child to develop small muscles by using crayons, pencils, play dough, picking up and sorting small objects.