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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.net
  • Find 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.