FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1. At what age do children start school?
Head Start - A student is eligible to attend our full day Head Start program at Carver ECC if they are three (3) years of age or before September 1 of the school year, if they meet the Head Start qualification guidelines. For more information about the Head Start Program please call (972)872-3744.
Pre-K - A student is eligible to attend our full day Pre-K program if they are four years of age or older on or before September 1 of the school year.
Kindergarten - A student is eligible to attend our full day Kindergarten program if they are five years of age on or before September 1 of the school year.
2. What will my child's day include while at school?
While schedules will vary, a typical week will include:
- Daily free breakfast for all students
- Daily literacy and math instruction
- Daily calendar time
- Centers: academic reinforcement
- Handwriting instruction
- Schience, social studies and health instruction
- Physical education
- Fine arts
- Library time
- Computer lab
- Daily recess with peers
- Daily lunch time
3. How will I find out about my child's progress in school?
Parents are informed of their child's progress in various ways throughout the school year.
- Teachers have a daily conference/planning period to meet with parents as needed or requested.
- A weekly/daily folder is used to communicate expectations and accomplishments.
- Event calendars are sent home monthly.
- An academic checklist noting the child's progress is given to parents following each nine-week grading period.
4. Is there a lunch/breakfast program at school?
Breakfast and lunch are prepared and served at every campus. Menus can be found on this website. Free and reduced-price
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5. What can I do to prepare my child for school?
- Make reading with your child part of your daily routine.
- When reading with your child, stop periodically to discuss the content of the text including pictures. This promotes reading comperhension.
- After reading a story with your child, immediately engage them in retelling the sotry (with your support).
- Provide a wide variety of books.
- Make a special place for books.
- Obtain a library card for your child at the Ennis Public Library.
- Give your child books as presents.
- Limit the amount of time your child watches TV and/or plays video games.
- Encourage your child to draw pictures and tell a story about their drawings.
- Accept your child's pretend reading.
- Point out print in the environment (signs, cereal boxes, etc.).
- Make signs and labels for objects.
- Provide materials (crayons, pencils, paper) and a space for writing.
- Provide opportunities for your child to scribble and dras. Scribbling is early writing.
- Have a place to display your child's writing efforts.
- Provide magnetic letters for your child to practice forming words.
- Let your child see you read and write.
- Encourage your child to recoginize their first name in print.
- Sign familiar songs.
- Teach your child nursery rhymes.
- Focus on your child's strengths and celebrate their accomplishments.
- Set up a routine or sequence for personal care and other daily routines.
- Talk with your child about what interests him or her.
- Use open-ended questions that have more than one answer such as "What do you think?" "How would you feel?"
- Encourage language development by listening carefully to your child and encouraging two-sided conversations.
- Play rhyming games.
- Get down on eye level and show your interest. Encourage other family members to listen.
- Provide age appropriate toys that requre thinking, inclinding puzzles, blocks, or sorting toys.
- Foster creativity.
- Provide exeriences with scissors such as cutting pictures from a magazine.
- Provide opportunities to use crayons, markers, pencils, and glue.
- Save scraps, bits, boxes and other things from around the house to use for building and other creative experiences.
- Let your child set the table and count objects around the house such as plates and forks for the table, crackers for snacks, etc.
- Provide opportunities for a child to experiment with balls, tricycles, and jump ropes.
- Set expectations for behavior and consequences.
- Help your child to develop appropriate sikills for learning by: following directions, attending to a speaker and getting an adult's attention appropriately.
- Most importantly, enjoy your child!