Welcome to Kindergarten (WTK)
This is the starting place for information related to our "Welcome to Kindergarten" or WTK program at Huband. WTK is a process that starts in May with a WTK visit by new Kindergarten parents and their child, and then continues in the first weeks of September with "gradual entry".
The Mission Statement for WTK is "The Welcome to Kindergarten Program brings together families, school and community agencies to support children as they enter school. The goal is to share strategies and resources that make early learning through play, a priority in the home and support children in a successful transition to school.”
Welcome to Kindergarten and gradual entry are based on the Motto "Talk Read Sing Play every day! These activities are building block for social emotional and intellectual development in your child. The graphic below explains in more detail what each of these parts of the Motto do for you and your child:
The four most important things for parents to know about the transition to school is as follows:
- Transition is a matter of equity
- A smooth transition to school makes a difference for children’s outcomes.
- Families play an important role in the transition to school.
- It’s all about relationships- among families, early years programs, schools and communities.
Huband Park offered our WTK visit on May 28, 2018 in preparation for September 2018 school start. Parents would have recieved a WTK bag that contain a range of books, activity suggestions and information. The bag and contents looks like this:
September brings our gradual entry process. Students new to school in Kindergarten do not just start going to school 5 hours a day from the very beginning. There is a gradual process of building time at school so your child's overall entry to school is as successful as possible. Below are some documents for you to review about Huband Park's gradual entry program:
Click here for the principal's letter to parents from May 28th WTK event: