What your kids need to know before kindergarten

Published: Jan. 23, 2017 at 3:29 PM EST
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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.

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