Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3414 Know what to expect Kindergarten is the beginning of a child’s formal education. It’s important for children to have a positive experience and to get their education off to a good start. In kindergarten, children learn how to  listen without interrupting  make new friends and play with other children on the playground  follow directions and work in groups Kindergarteners learn  numbers to 20, shapes, simple principles of time, and some understanding of money  letter sounds, rhyming words, and how to write letters  basic information about plants, animals, and the weather  the days of the weeks and the months of the year As the year progresses and kindergarteners develop new skills, they become more independent and self-confident. Help your kindergartener succeed  Try to keep your child’s after school hours simple, especially at the beginning of the year when you’re establishing a routine.  Talk to your child about what’s happening at school and be interested in what your child is learning.  Read to your child. Look through picture books together and talk about what your child sees.  Stimulate language development by discussing subjects of interest.  To help your child develop social skills and independence, set up play dates with your child’s friends and family members.