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Lydia Rippey and McCoy Elementary schools will be pre-registering kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year on Monday March 26, Monday April 2nd, Monday April 9th, and Monday April 16, 2018 from 2:00-4:00. Children who will be five before September 1st, 2018 should start school next year.

If you know of a child this age, encourage his or her parents to pre-register the child for kindergarten on one of those dates.  

Students who reside on the north or west side of the Animas River attend Lydia Rippey Elementary located at 401 Rio Pecos Road.

Students who reside on the south or east side of the Animas River attend McCoy Elementary located at 901 North McCoy Avenue in Aztec. Parents need to bring the child’s birth certificate, immunization record, and proof of address.

Call Lydia Rippey Elementary at 334-2621 or McCoy Elementary at 334-6831 for more info.

Following is a checklist of the basic skills your child should have to be ready to begin kindergarten.

Academic Skills

__Identifies 10 basic colors

__Carries on a conversation with peers and adults using complete sentences

__States full name

__Shows an interest in books and reading

__Holds book and turns pages correctly

__Writes own name

Social Skills

__Will listen to an adult and do as told

__Cooperates with other children

__Sits for short periods of time (5 min.)

__Follows rules

__Understands and follows a 1-2 step, verbal direction

Personal Skills

__Blows nose, covers sneeze, covers cough

__Independently uses the toilet

__Washes own hands

__Snaps, buttons, zips own clothing

__Takes off or puts on own outerwear independently

__Ties shoes

__Uses silverware correctly

__Communicates personal needs in a complete sentence

Language Skills

__Identifies all the letters in their name (in random order)Recognize Name

__Knows songs and rhymes

__Identifies some letters in random order

__Tells about an experience using complete sentences

__Names many common things - has a good vocabulary

Math Skills

__ Identifies numbers 0-5 (most children know numbers to 10 coming into kindergarten)

__ Counts to 10 or higher (some children can count to 100)

__ Counts a small group of objects (5-10) with accuracy

__ Identifies basic shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle)

Fine Motor Skills

____ Holds pencil, marker, crayon correctly

____ Holds scissors correctly and has had experience cutting straight and curved lines with some accuracy

__ Successfully opens, closes, uses a glue bottle/glue stick

__ Correctly holds and uses fork, knife, and spoon

__ Practices zipping, buttoning, snapping, and tying


___ Limit T.V. watching and electronic toys to less than 2 hours a day!

___ Establish a bedtime that gives my child 10 or more hours of sleep each night.

___See that my child has opportunities for rigorous physical activity, outside when possible.

___ Take my child to the public library, park, etc.

___ Help my child develop independence in dressing, eating and personal hygiene.

___ Interact frequently with my child each day by talking, listening and touching.

___ Provide toys, games and household objects that encourage exploration, manipulation and dramatic play.

___Regularly work with my child using these materials.

___ Provide many opportunities to play with other children.

___Encourage social values such as helpfulness, cooperation, sharing, and concern for others.

___Establish reasonable limits for behaviors and hold my child to them.

___ Encourage work values such as effort, persistence, initiative, and promptness.

___ Read to my child EVERY day. Talk together about the pictures and story. (Reading to their child is the most important thing parents can do to help their child become good readers.)

___ Read poems, nursery rhymes and sing songs together.

___ Provide opportunities to play alphabet games, read alphabet books, and talk about letter names and sounds.

___ Provide pencils, markers, glue, scissors, crayons, paper and encourage drawing and scribbling or writing.

___ Encourage responsibility by having my child pick up toys, care for belongings, and assist with simple chores.

___ Help my child learn and practice his/her birthday, phone number and address.

___ Play games – especially those that have educational value such as: number games, guessing games, card games, etc.

Helping your child to get these basic skills in their pre-school years will ensure your child will be a successful lifelong learner. The more time you invest in your child, the better prepared your child will be.  


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