Here are some ways to support your child’s readiness for school and learning:
Approaches to Learning
1. Give your child praise and feedback that focuses on their effort, choices, and strategies. Replace “Good job! You’re so smart.” with “You worked hard on that. You’re getting smarter.”
2. Encourage your child to try new things and let them know that learning grows their brain smarter and stronger.
3. Encourage persistence. Let them know that a little bit of struggle while learning grows their brain.
Social and Emotional Development
1. Talk to your child about their feelings and how to appropriately manage them (e.g. take a break when frustrated).
2. Teach your child how to solve problems with siblings and friends in a positive way (e.g. using words instead of hands, taking turns, sharing).
3. Talk with your child about how others are feeling and thinking so that they learn how to understand other people’s perspectives. This will help them when working and playing with others.
Language and Literacy Development
1. Read books to him/her.
2. Provide them opportunities to use new words in conversations with you.
3. Provide them opportunities to write and draw.
4. Sing and talk with them
5. Play word games (e.g. make up rhymes).
6. Visit the library or bookstore.
1. Help him/her learn about the world around them by using the places you go as a learning opportunity (e.g. grocery store, library, park, walk down the street, backyard).
2. Help him/her find answers to their wonders and questions.
3. Help them make connections between what they learn in school and life.
Physical Health and Development
1. Take your child to a free Healthy Beginnings health and developmental screening. To sign up, go to www.myhb.org.
2. Encourage them to play outside and exercise.
3. Encourage them to make healthy eating choices.
1. Teach your child about their native language and culture as well as about other languages and cultures.
2. Encourage your child to understand and celebrate differences and diversity.
Children's Books that Support School Readiness
Separation and Transitions
Oregon Early Learning is our State’s early learning website. Information related to the Kindergarten Readiness Assessment and other early learning initiatives is available as well as various resources.
This website provides a list of kindergarten readiness skills.
This website provides a month-by-month guide for school readiness as well as a monthly information print-out.
The mission of this organization is to promote the health and development of infants and toddlers. This link provides families targeted information, tips, and tools to support their children’s readiness for school.
The Foundation for Early Learning offers a free guide for parents, families, and caregivers called Getting School Ready.
PBS Parents’ website addresses important aspects of your child’s early years such as school readiness and social and emotional development. You can also find information about your children’s favorite PBS KIDS programs: schedules for your local area, educational activities related to the programs, and explanations of educational goals.
This website provides an online early literacy screening tool, a downloadable transition to kindergarten toolkit, and a variety of parent/child activities.
ReadWriteThink’s mission is to provide educators, parents, and afterschool professionals with access to the highest quality practices in reading and language arts instruction by offering the very best in free materials. Resources for parents include activities/projects, games/tools, tips, printouts, and podcasts.
The Reach and Read National Center works to prepare our youngest children to succeed in school by partnering with doctors to prescribe books and encourage families to read together. Their parent webpage offers a wide variety of helpful early literacy resources to both parents and medical providers.
The IRA is an international organization whose entire mission is to improve the level of literacy for every child through disseminating professional information, providing professional development opportunities, and encouraging reading as a lifelong habit for families and educators alike.
Reading Rockets offers a wealth of strategies, lessons, and activities designed to help young children learn to read. These resources assist parents, teachers, and other educators in working with struggling readers who require additional help in reading and comprehension skills development.
This resource from NAEYC provides an abundance of resources to support literacy development.
Kindergarten and School
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