Collect what you need to know at-a-glance from kindergarten parents so that you can quickly get to know your new incoming students.
Here is a double-sided information collection sheet designed just for kindergarten.
I hope that this form that is both parent-friendly and teacher-friendly can save you time and help you get to know your new kinders better.
Let me share how we use this form to prepare for a new school year, what it includes and how you can get it.
Prepare for a new school year
In preparation for a new school year, our building allows us to include information in our kindergarten registration packet.
When parents register at kindergarten round-up, we make sure this one gets their attention.
And to me - this is the one that matters.
We use it to gather some insight into the kinders that will be coming our way.
Now, I've also sent home this form at the beginning of the year when our school didn't get these filled out prior to the school year.
Once these are all returned, I simply alphabetize them and put them in my teacher planning binder.
What is on the student info sheet?
Let's look at what is on the student info sheet and what information is collected from parents.
There are three sections that collect information about the child, the parents and the child in relation to other siblings.
What I like about this section:
- I can know how old they are starting kindergarten (and I don't have to figure it out myself)
- I can add their birthdays into my teacher planning calendar
- I have parent contact info at my fingertips
- I know what siblings this child connects with and how many siblings are also in the home
It has three sections that parents can describe their child. This really helps me understand a child's personality type and start a relationship off a bit faster.
This form also asks parents about their goals for their child's year, about a bedtime routine and holidays they don't celebrate.
With this information, I get a really good idea of what parents are hoping kindergarten will be for their child. And I can even bring up these talking points at parent-teacher conferences to see how they feel kindergarten is going.
Lastly, there are two checklist sections for developmental skills and social skills. I only use these for the beginning of the year - but they sometimes give me the heads up with who might really need support to begin.
How to get it
You can buy this student information sheet online. You can print and use it immediately since it's a digital download.
Or you may like this editable version instead.
Let's wrap it up
There you have it - how we use this back to school form to prepare for a new school year, what is on it, and how you can get it. I do hope it can save you time and help you get to know your new kinders better, faster.