Quick links to information and registration for Kindergarten and Pre-K: 

Registered and Ready Activity Ideas:

Talks about their feelings

Video: Feelings Poster Activity

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Talk about your own feelings with your children. “Remember yesterday when the water in the bathtub would not go down the drain? Mommy got so mad and do you remember what my face looked like when I got mad?  I was upset because…”

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Notice when your child is feeling good, then ask them why they are feeling that way. Example: “I can tell that you are happy because you are smiling. That makes me happy too! Tell me about why you are feeling that way.”

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Create a “feelings” poster with your child using magazines, photos, pictures, or drawings that show a range of emotions. At the end of the day, ask your child to point to the picture that best describes how he or she felt during the day and why.

Follows routines

Video: Following Routines

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While listening to music, come up with a dance routine together. Take turns deciding on the next “move.” After practicing together, see how fast you can speed up the dance routine.

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Give your child opportunities to be a responsible member of your home by including them in daily routines.


  • help with daily chores
  • pick out clothes in the morning
  • set the table for meals
  • clean up after playtime

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Give child clear step-by-step instructions on what to expect each night. Do your best to be consistent with the timing and order of events. Give your child cues about what is going to happen next as you move through your nightly routine. Continue this routine into kindergarten.

Plays well with others

Video: Taking Turns

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Simple board games can help children practice the social skills they need. Talking about the game as you play encourages this. For example:  Whose turn is it?  Can I have the dice?

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Give your child opportunities for pretend play with children the same age as they are. Talk about and/or join in on their play, but do not take over. Ask questions and introduce new ideas. Pretnd play with your child when you two are alone as well.

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Give your child opportunities for pretend play with children the same age as they are. Talk about and/or join in on their play, but do not take over. Ask questions and introduce new ideas. Pretend play with your child when you two are alone as well.

Enjoys looking at books and listening to stories

Video: Enjoys Looking at Books and Listening to Stories

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Read with your child every day! After you read a book, take a few moments to talk about the story. Ask him/her to tell the story back to you. It’s OK to read the same books over and over. Young children love repetition. Make the puppets or stuffed animals available for imaginative play.

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Set time aside each day to read with your child. Let him/her participate in book reading. Examples:

  • Talk about the pictures and what they think might happen in the story.
  • Ask children to tell the story back in their own words.

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Let children be active participants in book reading every day. Talk with your child as you read together about the information on the cover of the book, such as title, author, and illustrator. Show children how to start reading at the beginning of the book and how to turn the pages.

“I can do it myself” & Can use school tools

Video: “I Can Do It Myself”

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Preparing for Kindergarten

Going to kindergarten is one of the most important events in your child’s life. It can be exciting as you and your child anticipate going to “big school.” But it can also be a time of less than happy feelings.

You may feel sad because your child is growing up and worry about the changes that are coming. You may even feel uncertain about your new role as the parent of a school-age child. Your child may be sad about leaving familiar teachers and friends and may worry about the unknown. “What happens at big school?  Where will I go to the bathroom?  Will my friends be there?  Who will be my teacher?”

First Things First:  Basic Information

1.  Public school kindergarten in North Carolina is open to all children who are 5 years old on or before August 31. Note: A private kindergarten may have a different cutoff date.

2.  Locate the elementary school your child will attend. If you’re not sure, call your school district main office. To locate your child’s school and find out more information about kindergarten registration, contact your local school district:

3.  Contact the school to find out when and where you can register your child.

4.  Ask what is required for registration. In Edgecombe and Nash counties, required documents may include:

  • Proof of residency (current utility bill, deed or lease)
  • Your child’s certified birth certificate
  • An updated immunization record
  • A completed Kindergarten Health Assessment (available at the school or health department)

5.  Register your child early! This is less stressful for you and helps the school prepare for their new students.

6.  Find out if there is a special day for new kindergarten students and their parents to

visit the school.  And be sure to attend!

7.  Ask the school if they have information that describes the skills kindergarten children

are expected to have and who you can talk to if you have concerns.

8.  Ask about other information that can help you plan, such as

  • Hours your child will be in school
  • Breakfast, lunch and snack guidelines
  • A school calendar with holiday and teacher workdays
  • Bus routes and schedules

9.  Make arrangements for transportation so there are no last minute problems.

10.  Plan for before and after-school care and care during holidays and teacher workdays.

School-age care can be hard to find.  For referrals or more information please call 252-985-4300.

This information is adapted from The Daily Parent, a newsletter for parents funded by the Citi Foundation and produced by NACCRRA (The National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies). 

Resources And Links

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