How Can I Help My Child STARTING SCHOOL There are many ways that you can make the transition to school go smoothly for your child: Talk often about Pre-K/Kindergarten and reassure your child that it will be an exciting experience.Attend the Pre-K/Kindergarten Open House at your child’s school in the spring. www.ecsd.netFind out when your child can meet his or her teacher and have a tour of the classroom.Help your child develop a sense of responsibility. Encourage your child to learn to look after his or her belongings. For example... dressing self, putting clothing away. Here are some other ideas to consider: Read with your child daily and have conversations about the books read.Visit the public library.Explore the world that your child lives in. Talk about what your child sees. Point out signs, numbers and letters that he or she sees.Provide opportunities for your child to interact with other children to promote the development of social skills.Encourage your child to know personal information about him or herself (i.e. First and last name, phone number and address).Sing songs and nursery rhymes together.Celebrate together in the little accomplishments that occur each day.Pray together.Speak to your child in his or her first language to build a strong foundation for communication. DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR Be involved in the Early Learning experience as much as you can.Keep in contact with your child’s teacher so you are both informed about your child’s progress and development.Talk with your child about his or her experiences in school.Practice motor skills such as throwing and catching, drawing, cutting and doing puzzles.Have many conversations with your child to support oral literacy development. You can build your child’s language by:Eating dinner together,Talking about the day,Having conversations in the car,Talking about favorite memories (i.e. highlights from summer holidays, sharing verbal stories from your own childhood),Taking turns making up stories to share.Read the newsletters and visit the classrooms even if briefly so you can find extra topics to talk about.Be open to conversation with your child and listen for what he or she is feeling.Provide as many different experiences as possible for your child. This has a significant impact on how well your child will succeed in school.