What your kids need to know before kindergarten

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Meteorologist Heather Haley's son is heading to kindergarten before we know it, so Local 8 News First at Four invited a representative with Knox County Schools onto the show to see what kids need to know before going to kindergarten.

What to talk to your kids about:

-Know how to button, zip, and fasten their clothing and shoes
-Recognize sounds and letters
-Encourage them to write their names
-Give them natural opportunities to count from 1-20
-Read with them
-Give experiences like going to the zoo or grocery store
-Know their name, phone number, and address

April 11 is official round-up day for kindergartners. Parents are encouraged to reach out to their zoned school beforehand.

Schools will need to see their birth certificate, immunization record, physical, and a proof of residency before kindergarten begins.