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Kindergarten FAQs

Last Updated: September 13, 2021 |
Published On: September 2, 2020 |

Here is a list of FAQs with answers to your questions about Kindergarten.

How do I register my Kindergartner?

Visit the Kindergarten webpage for Steps to Registering and videos. To speak with someone on the phone about Kindergarten Registration, call your assigned school or the Office of K-12 Education at 503-399-2632.

 

What is Seesaw?

See videos in English and Spanish to learn more about Seesaw.

Find out about Seesaw journal, class app and family app options in this document in English and Spanish called What is Seesaw?

How do I log in to Seesaw?

Watch this video to see how to log in to Seesaw on a Chromebook.

What are important Kindergarten readiness skills?

Here are some important resources to help you prepare your Kindergartner for school.

Kindergarten Readiness Skills

Getting Ready for Kindergarten Workbook

What activities should I do for a quick brain break during learning?

It is important to set up short brain breaks before the child is exhibiting a need for a break. They can be used in conjunction with goal setting.

Es importante planificar “descansos cerebrales” cortos antes que el niño muestre la necesidad de tomar uno. Esto evitará algunos problemas de cansancio mental. Estos descansos cerebrales (“brain breaks”) se pueden combinar con el establecimiento de metas.

How do I teach my child to hold a pencil?

Here is are helpful instructions for teaching your child to hold a pencil and 10 tips on teaching a handwriting grip.

What are fine motor activities for Kindergarteners?

Here are 10 fine motor activities for Kindergarteners at home.

Supplies

Dry spaghetti noodles or pipe cleaners Small beads
Empty/dry disposable water bottle Cotton balls (broken in half) or pennies Paper
Crayons
Child-size scissors
Clothes pins
Tweezers
Large roll of paper/masking tape Toilet paper or paper towel rolls Recycled cardboard or cereal boxes

  1. Drop cotton balls into the small opening of the water bottle. To make this more difficult, use tweezers or clothes pins.
  2. String beads onto dry spaghetti or pipe cleaners
  3. Draw a zig-zag or curving pattern on paper and have children trace over the top with a
    crayon.
  4. Draw a zig-zap or curving pattern on paper and have children cut out the pattern with scissors
  5. Make lines about a 1⁄2 inch apart on either a toilet paper roll or paper towel roll and have children cut across the lines.
  6. Pick up the snipped off pieces of toilet paper roll/paper towel roll with either the tweezers or the clothes pins and drop into a cup.
  7. Using a crayon, marker, or pencil divide a piece of blank paper into 6 or more sections. Have children attach clothes pins to each section. Create or draw pictures to each section and have them find matches.
  8. Holding a crayon at the bottom, have children inch their way up with crayon just using their dominant/writing hand. See if they can improve control and speed over time.
  9. Cut Shapes out of recycled cardboard using scissors. This can be made into an art project by asking children to make a face and color in the different features.
  10. R​oll out the large roll of paper on the floor, cut the roll away leaving a long piece of paper, tape the corners with masking tape and supply children with crayons. Allow children to work on their belly, supporting their body with their elbows to build upper body strength.

Download 10 Fine Motor Activities for Kindergarteners as a PDF

10 Fine Motor Activities for Kindergarteners at Home

Do I need school supplies?

Your child’s classroom teacher will be giving you a school supply list, but good things to have are pencils, crayons, a spiral notebook, and children’s safety scissors.

Can you provide us with literacy resources?

Yes, here are two important literacy resources.

How do you read?

Developmental Levels of Writing

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