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Tips For Celebrating Kindergarten Day At Your Child's Dyscalculia School

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Did you know that Kindergarten Day falls on April 21 each year? This holiday was created in honor of Friedrich Froebel, who was born on April 21, 1782. He started the very first kindergarten class in Germany in 1837, and having this wonderful year of schooling in a young child's life has helped them get adjusted to organized learning, going to school with their peers, and recess in time to thrive in first grade for nearly 200 years. This year, celebrate Kindergarten Day at your child's school in a way that honor future, current, and past kindergarten students.

Discuss Ways to Celebrate with the Principal

Talk to the principal at your child's dyscalculia school either on your own or with other parents about the possibility of celebrating Kindergarten Day. Many dyscalculia schools, which often cater to the needs of students with multiple learning disabilities in addition to math learning disabilities, have principals who put a lot of effort into celebrating the achievements of students. Therefore, they may especially like this idea.

Before bringing up the topic, brainstorm and come up with a presentation of ideas. Ways to celebrate may include:

  • Have kindergarten teachers or students give talks to younger students.
  • Create a kindergarten memory presentation for students who were once in the school's kindergarten. Former teachers may come to talk about individual students.
  • Give out kindergarten-themed party favors like learning-themed notebooks, veggies or cookies cut in the shape of numbers or letters, and small scrapbooks of kindergarten.

No matter how you ultimately choose to celebrate Kindergarten Day, keep the tone and theme very positive. It should be a day of celebration.

Give Kids the Opportunity to Give Back

You can also use Kindergarten Day as a way to help get students motivated about giving back. Going to kindergarten is difficult for some students, and other young children in disadvantaged communities get the only meals that they eat that day from going to kindergarten. You may choose to discuss some of the serious advantages of going to kindergarten and help students find ways to give back to other kids in their community. Children who have dyscalculia are likely to be empathetic to struggles of others and may be especially excited to give back.

Finally, keep in mind that kindergarten is a wonderful time in most kids' lives. Looking back on it is sure to bring up warm, fuzzy memories for older kids, and younger preschool kids who are looking forward to kindergarten will delight in learning more about it. Most of all, current kindergarten students will revel in the attention of Kindergarten Day. It's sure to be a win-win to celebrate this fun holiday each year.