Learning with your toddler

Bring your child to places where he or she can learn- The zoo, museums, parks and child classes.

Toddler Language Skills

Help your child’s language skills by speaking to her in complete sentences and in ‘adult’ language. Help her to use the correct words and phrases.

Daycare fees

While daycare center rates are important, check for hidden fees which will add up during the year. Being late to pick up your toddler will incur some hefty overage charges!

Learing to hold a pencil.

To help develop a writing grasp, have your child color with broken crayons (if your child is still putting inappropriate things in his mouth, adult supervision is required to prevent choking).

Art Supply Tip

Establish a place for art supplies early on, that is both easily accessible and neat.

Be involved with education

Being involved in child’s education is extremely important for all kids, especially for kids with speech, language or learning difficulties

Choosing a School

When choosing a school visit and observe. Make sure you visit a real class – don’t just read about it.
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Scheduled reading time

Set aside at least one regularly scheduled time each day for reading. Make it a part of your toddler’s routine.

Also take toddlers to the library or bookstore for story hour.

From: RIF.org

Homework helper?

Help your child manage his homework, don’t do it for him.


Encourage independence. Children who are able to care for themselves & belongings feel more confident at preschool. http://bit.ly/NtAhZ6

Preschool Programs

Preschool programs that properly stimulate & nurture a young child’s mind will result in better-prepared children – http://bit.ly/NtBlMM

School bus safety

School-bus accidents actually are surprisingly rare. When they do happen, they’re often in the first two months of the school year, when kids are anxious or excited, and less likely to be cautious when getting on or off the bus.

Riding the bus is 12 times safer than walking, biking, or riding in a car to school.

From: Parenting

Reading and comprehending tip

Point to things in picture books and name them. As your children learn to talk, ask them to "point and say.

From: RIF.org

How to choose a school

When choosing a school explore all of your options, regardless of what you think your final decision will be. You may be surprised at what you learn.
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Keep the preschool teacher informed

Changes to your child’s family situation can impact on their emotional and academic well-being. If you keep your child’s teacher informed of any changed circumstances the child can be supported if necessary.

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Benefits of preschool

Preschoolers are wonderfully resilient little people. They have so much energy and enthusiasm for life. Preschool offers them wonderful opportunities to explore and experiment.

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A healthy good-bye routine

It’s normal for toddlers to become anxious or afraid when their primary caregivers leave. The key: a healthy good-bye routine. "Always leave your child with a trusted and familiar caregiver, and have the same brief good-bye routine each time you go.

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Review Your Child’s Social Skills.

Your little one doesn’t have to be the next Emily Post, but she should have a basic grasp of how to behave in public. From using the restroom on her own to knowing to say "please" and "thank you," there are some practical skills that your preschooler should have mastered by now, or at least possess a basic understanding.

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Preschools let parents stay

Many preschools let (or even encourage that) parents stay in the classroom for all or part of the first few days, so if you can swing it, stick around. Knowing that you’re within clinging distance will give your kid the courage to explore his new digs.

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Talk up preschool

Talk positively about preschool ahead of time: their new teacher, their new friends, their new classroom.

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