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Welcome To Kindergarten

Welcome To Kindergarten

You are your child’s first and best teacher!
Family engagement helps children be successful, in school and in life.
As children embark on their educational journeys, early education is of vital importance as it lays the foundation for future academic and social success. The Welcome to Kindergarten program helps prepare children for a positive start to their school journey.
A national program available in English and French, Welcome to Kindergarten engages children, parents and caregivers, schools and communities to make early learning a priority at home and prepare children for school. The program provides parents and caregivers with early learning and literacy resources, and game-based activities that can be done at home. 
The resources within the WTK Bag are carefully designed to support early learning in the WTK Orientation sessions and in the home. Our WTK “Learning Through Play” videos offer wonderful suggestions on how these resources can be used. The Family Activities for Early Learners Resource Book offer further play based activities to enjoy!

Play is an important factor in early childhood development and learning - and the Welcome to Kindergarten resources are developed and created with this in mind. Just Playing is a ‘must share’ poem that we are proud to share with you. It illustrates just how and what children develop and learn through play. (With the permission of author and copyright owner Ms. Anita Wadley).
The Learning Partnership is pleased to announce its free Welcome to Kindergarten app that helps pre-kindergarten children develop fundamental skills for a positive start to their school journey. Through this fun, creative app, children play with alphabet and numbers, paint freely with their fingers, discover shapes, learn to share, and sing along with a music player.
Download it now in the App Store for iOS devices, or in the Google Play store for the Android version.

Welcome to Kindergarten Music and Lyrics by Bob Schneider
Children’s singer and songwriter, Bob Schneider, has recorded ten songs for the Welcome to Kindergarten program. The songs are fun, interactive and encourage children and their families to join in by singing, dancing and moving to the rhythm of the songs. Use the songs' lyrics and activities to make sure your kids can sing along.

Download the Welcome to Kindergarten songs:

Kindergarten Teacher, Greater Essex District School Board

“I think this is a great idea for children, parents and teachers. Parents love to help their children, but are not always sure what to do.  Welcome To Kindergarten is a win-win situation for all! Parents will leave with great ideas. Children will love the activities and most of all LEARN while having FUN!”

Benefits & Impact

  • Empowers parents and caregivers to be their child’s first and best teacher
  • Provides parents and caregivers with early learning and literacy resources, and game-based activities that can be done at home
  • Enhances confidence among children as they start school
  • Fosters creativity and exploration among pre-Kindergarten children
  • Provides community partners with the opportunity to develop positive relationships with schools and build awareness of their family support programs

Family is a child's first and best teacher

Parental and family engagement helps children be successful in school and in life.