KindergartenThe 2021-22 Connect to Kindergarten season will launch in mid-February. At that time, this website will contain updated information about:
School websites will also be updated in mid-February with principal videos and specific details about each school's Connect to Kindergarten spring events.If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your inquiry.
- how to locate your neighborhood school,
- how to register on-line for kindergarten,
- how to learn more about the lottery process for dual language and focus option schools,
- and how to start connecting with your neighborhood school community.
You might think that it's most important for children to start kindergarten knowing their ABCS, number, shapes and colors. But there are equally, if not more, important skills that prepare your child for success in school.
Raising an eager learner is the goal, and it can be achieved through play and day-to-day activities. Here are the top readiness skills that kindergarten teachers look for:
- Excitement toward learning
- Talking about thoughts and feelings
- Listening to others
- Desire to be independent
- Playing well with others and taking turns
- Following simple instructions
- Ability to hold and use a pencil or crayon
- Recognizing numbers and letters
Ready Set Connect to Kindergarten is a booklet with activities you and your incoming kindergartner can do together. Here is a favorite: Go on a letter search. Look in old magazines and newspapers. Circle the G's, H's and I's. Use a crayon to write the letters on a piece of paper. Available in all languages: Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali. This booklet was created by the Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families, and Community and Portland Public Schools with funding from United Way.
Kindergarten Readiness Links
- Multnomah County Library: information about library story times and the summer reading program. Don't miss their list of favorite books for preschoolers.
- Scholastic's Kindergarten Website
- Literacy Parent Resources and the Common Core.
- Color in Colorado! includes handouts to support early literacy skills and school readiness.
ABCs of Kindergarten
To order the ABCs of Kindergarten, a small booklet about starting school in PPS, order directly from the Print Shop.
Black and white or full-color options are available. See Kindergarten page for printable PDF in English or Spanish.
Connect to Kindergarten
On August 31, 2020, we hosted a Connect to Kindergarten event. The Early Learners Program would like to give a special thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch our live information session. If you missed this live event, don't worry! Click this link to watch the recording. And, click here to read more information provided during the live session.
If you have any questions refer to the FAQs about Kindergarten document or email: email@example.com.
Read-Aloud TipsTen Tips for Reading
Aloud to Children
1. Make time for reading everyday.
2. Choose a variety of books about
3. Choose books with interesting
words and engaging pictures.
4. Be sure the child can see the
pictures while being read to.
5. Read with expression.
6. Stop after the first few pages
and talk about who or what the story
is about and where it is happening.
7. Ask the child to predict what might
happen next as the story develops.
8. During the story, stop and talk
about what the main character is feeling.
9. After reading the story, have the child
talk about favorite parts and pictures.
Always encourage the child to tell the ‘why’
of his/her thinking.
10. Have fun !!!!!