You are your child’s advocate

As a parent, you are your child’s advocate. For your child to succeed in the classroom, it is vital that you communicate his or her needs to the adults at school.

Kids and back-to-sickness

Children in large groups are breeding grounds for the organisms that cause illness. The top 5 causes for missed school are colds, stomach flu, ear infection, pink eye and sore throat.

Taking an active roll at school

Teachers can encourage parents to take an active role in the classroom by requesting volunteers for holiday parties, field trips, or book readings.

Linking physical education to academic

Remember that your child’s physical education is directly linked to his academic education. Research shows that brain development is directly linked to physical activity.

Advocating for your child

Always be child’s advocate, but never become the teacher’s adversary. If you feel child has been wronged, defend her. Call the teacher, have a conference to work things out

Staying involved with schooling

Take time to meet each teacher and be sure they have your contact information and you have theirs if there are any concerns regarding your child.

The ugly truth about greeting cards

Every year, there are 2.65 billion holiday cards sold in the US. Look for cards that contain recycled content or recycled materials

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.

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.
From: Education.com

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.

Independence

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