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Family Connection

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The Family Connection component of WaKIDS provides an opportunity for families to meet individually with their child’s kindergarten teacher at the beginning of the school year.

These one-on-one meetings are intended to welcome families to school and provide a safe environment for families to speak freely with the teacher. They help families and teachers begin to build relationships so that they can work together to help children be successful in school. Thus, the earlier these meetings occur, the more helpful they are.

The Family Connection offers families an opportunity to:

  • Get to know the teacher,
  • Share information about their child, and
  • Ask questions.

Second Substitute House Bill 1723

Three full school days: Legislation, Second Substitute House Bill 1723, passed in 2013, permits schools to use up to three full school days for the Family Connection without applying for a 180-day waiver from the State Board of Education. Section 2, paragraph 5: “Schools administering the Washington kindergarten inventory of developing skills may use up to three school days at the beginning of the school year to meet with parents and families as required in the parent involvement component of the inventory.”

Resources for Families Online Learning at Home

Below is a listing of resources that can be used to support online learning:

GOLD® Objectives and Dimensions for WaKIDS
A list of objectives that are required for the Washington Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (WaKIDS)

MyTeachingStrategies™  Family
Platform for communication with teachers and learn about Teaching Strategies GOLD®

Conscience Discipline Free-For-All
No login required, free and practical tools to put Conscious Discipline into practice at home

Helping Children Understand Emotions When Wearing Masks
How do we understand each other with masks on?

Learning Pathways in Literacy
Is your child on track with literacy skills?

Learning Pathways in Numeracy
Is your child on track with numeracy skills?

Motivating Children to Do Their Homework
There will be homework. How can family encourage children to complete their work?

Open Educational Resources
Open access educational resources for K-12

Pyramid Model Resource Library
Lots of resources for many dimensions of learning

Resources for Remote Learning Boston Public Schools
Learning for K-2nd grade students

Vanderbilt: The Family Behavior Support App
Mobile app for families with children with disabilities and challenging behaviors

Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines
Great resource to find any developmental guideline for any age

About Conducting WaKIDS Family Connection

Entering Kindergarten
A brochure about WaKIDS designed to be shared with families. Available in many languages.

Introducing Me!”
A booklet to guide the family connection conversation. Available in several languages.

Introducing Me - Fillable Form
An online fillable Word document used to complete the information for the guide to the Family Connection.

Resources for Remote WaKIDS Assessment

WaKIDS Implementation Guide for Teachers 2020-21

This guide provides an overview of the requirements of WaKIDS during the 2020-21 school year and includes considerations for conducting each of the three components of WaKIDS remotely – Family Connection, Early Learning Collaboration and Whole-child Assessment.