New Kindergarteners and families will participate in the Peninsula School District’s WaKIDS process. The Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS) is a transition process that helps to ensure a successful start to the K-12 experience and connect the key adults in a child’s life.
There are 3 Components of the WAKIDS process.
- Family connection welcomes families into the Washington K-12 system as partners in their child’s education.
- The family connection component of WaKIDS provides an opportunity for families to meet individually with their child’s kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the school year.
- These one-on-one meetings are intended to welcome families to school and provide a safe environment for families to speak freely with the teacher. They help families and teachers begin to build relationships so that they can work together to help children be successful in school.
- These meetings will occur during the first 3 days of school.
- Whole-child assessment helps kindergarten teachers learn about the skills and strengths of the children in their classrooms so they can meet the needs of each child.
- WaKIDS isn’t a “test.” Kindergarten teachers observe children during everyday classroom activities. This helps teachers find out what each child knows and can do at the beginning of the school year. Knowing more about children’s entering skills and strengths helps teachers and parents work together to support student growth in the kindergarten year.
- Before October 31, teachers take an inventory of each child’s developing skills in six areas: cognitive, language, social-emotional, physical, literacy and mathematics.
- Early learning collaboration aligns practices of early learning professionals and kindergarten teachers to support smooth transitions for children.