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JCPS offers back to school tips for kindergartners

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- With the start of school right around the corner, JCPS is offering tips on how to prepare kindergartners for success in the classroom.

JCPS officials say the following tips are very important for kids and their parents to be aware of before the start of the school year on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

Be sure your child knows how to:

* Say and write his or her first and last name.

* Say his or her telephone number and address. This may be easier if set to a familiar tune, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

* Recognize the eight basic colors (red, blue, yellow, green, orange, black, brown, and purple).

* Recognize numbers from 1–10, count from 1–20, and recognize all letters of the alphabet.

* Hold pencils, crayons, scissors, and markers correctly.

* Use the bathroom on his or her own.

* Zip, snap, tie, button, and fasten Velcro.

JCPS also says the following tips are good ways for parents to prepare their children for school as well.

Start a routine in advance:

* Set a bedtime, and stick to it.

* Limit TV watching.

* Plan the next day's meals.

* Make sure that the next day's transportation is set.

* Work with your child to pick out the next day's clothes.

And lastly, JCPS officials also offered up tips on how to prepare young kids who will be riding the school bus for the upcoming school year.

Get ready to ride the bus:

* If your child is a bus rider, watch The First Day of School video located on the Back-to-School Web site at

* You should have received a transportation information card in mid-July to fill out and return to the school. If you have not received one, please contact your child's school.

* Luggage tags with important transportation information will be placed on your child's backpack on the first day of school. If your child does not have a backpack, he or she will receive a lanyard for temporary use.

JCPS says that each child is unique and learns at his or her own pace. Parents shouldn't get frustrated if their child isn't managing simple tasks quickly, but should invest the extra time to help their child learn the new skills. 

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