It’s a “big developmental step,” said Robbie Anderson, Johnson City Schools director of accountability and school improvement.
“For many students, it’s their first experience in a school environment. For some parents and some students, it’s a whole new world and whole new environment,” she said.
“Many of our children have had a pre-K experience, but for many children, it may be their first year away from home. It may be their first time they’ve had that separation experience from their parents ...”
Johnson City Schools will begin kindergarten registration in April for the 2020-21 school year for children 5 years of age on or before this Aug. 15.
As parents get ready to register their children for the 2020-21 school year, which begins in August, Anderson said Johnson City Schools instructors are preparing themselves to make the transition as easy as possible for both parents and new students.
“I know sometimes parents are concerned and wonder, ‘Is my child ready?’” she said. “Our teachers do a great job of individualizing programs so they meet those children wherever their skill level or readiness level is when they come to kindergarten.”
Tips on how parents can help further prepare students
Anderson said parents can also engage in a variety of activities at home “to support readiness skills.”
She said it’s important to talk to children and encourage their ability to follow directions. Reading with children, doing arts and crafts and teaching them facts ahead of the school year will also help further prepare them for the classroom environment.
“Give your child directions — two- and three-step directions so that they’re listening and ready to respond to directions they might hear in a school setting,” she said, adding that it’s also important to get students used to a routine ahead of the school year.
Registration days will be held at each school, and parents must attend the meetings between 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the assigned day. Parents need to bring each child’s birth certificate, Tennessee Certificate of Immunization, Social Security card and proof of residency/address.
Cherokee Elementary School, April 9 (423-434-5281)
North Side Elementary School, April 8 (423-434-5249)
Fairmont Elementary School April 2 (423-434-5275)
South Side Elementary School, April 7 (423-434-5289)
Lake Ridge Elementary School, April 17 (423-610-6030)
Towne Acres Elementary School, April 3 (423-854-4800)
Mountain View Elementary School, April 6 (423-434-5260)
Woodland Elementary School, April 15 (423-434-5267)
For more information, visit www.jcschools.org.