Woodland Elementary getting parents prepared to send kids to kindergarten

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KINGSFORD, Mich. (WLUC) - For parents sending their kids to school for the first time, one school in Kingsford is answering all the questions about kindergarten.

Woodland Elementary says parents can begin registering their children for kindergarten beginning in March, including a meet and greet with teachers and principals. Kindergarteners should be five years old by Sept. 1, or Dec. 1 with special waivers. Woodland offers both kindergarten and early kindergarten, depending on your child's school readiness, but there are a few ways to get them prepared.

"I think a big thing would be to get them to sit for longer periods of time, working with them and just reading with them at home, that's really important. Parents ask me all the time, 'What can I do to help my child?' And I think the biggest thing is just snuggle up with your kid and read. Enjoy reading, teach them to love reading, and that's really a big thing," says Jennifer Christy, a kindergarten teacher at Woodland Elementary.

Both kindergarten and early kindergarten are both full day programs and include art, music, physical education, computers and STEM programs. Kindergarteners also develop their reading skills, sight words, counting to 100 and basic math.

"It's really important for them to come confident and knowing their letters, being able to recognize not just singing the alphabet but recognizing uppercase and lowercase letters, identifying their name is important, can they find their name if their name is in a group of students, can they find where their seat is, and being independent from their parents," Christy says.

Woodland Elementary is holding an open house on Feb. 27 beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a spaghetti dinner, for parents to ask any additional questions about kindergarten.