This past week was a crazy one. I had to stay after school for something everyday. Tuesday we stayed for our Kindergarten Round Up.
I don't know the origin of the "Round-Up" idea, but this was our first year calling it that...to "round-up" our new kiddos for next year.
Since our registration is all done online, this was mainly to meet the kids and parents and get their email information. Sweet and Simple. We will have a Kindergarten Camp during the first week of summer to really work with our kiddos and help them transition into their new role as students.
So here are some tips for keeping it sweet and simple!
1. Have a plan - Duh, right? Our plan: We had one entrance and exit. At the entrance, they met our admin who checked proofs and made copies of proofs and gave them their cumulative folder. Then they came down the hall and had other information copied (birth certificate, social, etc). We had only two of our rooms open. One for parents to fill out their info and ask us questions. The other for the children to make a craft.
2. Have your information together - What do you want your parents to know? What do you want them see? What is the most important?
Other teachers are your friends, there is information out there that is nicely shared by others. Use it!
The first brochure I found was from Leslie at KindergartenWorks. It is an editable powerpoint that I easily made my own. Her information that is already included is amazing and it's free as long as you share her awesome talent. You can find her brochure here:
The other piece we had was this flier from Tara West. This gives a quick list of what they need to know with Personal, Social and Intellectual skills. And again, it's free. Just click the pic:
The last was a brochure I made about our Cub Camp. We will be spending four days with students that are able to come. This will be my first time with this endeavor and I'm looking forward to it.
3. Be ready to answer any and ALL questions - Those of us who have taught kindergarten know that parents come in with all different types of
fears concerns. I had some who came in, filled out their information, grabbed their papers and left, but that was rare. There were parents who had just a few questions because it was their 2nd or 3rd child going through. They wanted to know what had changed, what was the same, when would they know who their teacher was etc. Then there were the first time parents. They had never had a child in school before. Be prepared to have to be asked every question that can possibly thought of, including my favorite from the other night, "kindergartners do get to eat lunch, right?" Yep, that happened =)
4. Have an easy activity prepped and ready for your new kiddos - Our mascot is a bear so I found a cute bear activity from Krazy for Kindyland. We cut out the pieces ahead of time and glued the pencil together. We let them do the rest and if they could, write their name on the back.
It's hard to believe that it's time to start thinking about next year's students when we still have 2 months with our current class, but it's always fun to see what next year holds. We had a good turn out of 35 (we are a small school, only 4 on our team, so we'll be looking for about 35 more). The rest, we hope, will come over the next few weeks.
Do you have a Round-Up for the next year? I'd love to hear your plans and what you do or expect.