Getting Ready for School
Many parents worry about what and how much their child should know before
they arrive at school. There are no hard and fast rules for what teachers
look for, and expectations can differ from school to school. Here are
some things you might want to think about.
If you decide to work with your child in any of these areas, remember, make
it fun. Make learning part of your day. Point out interesting words and
numbers during your daily activities. Ask your child, "Is your plate
round or square?" Try putting a sign on your child's room with his
name printed on it or make a special T-shirt with her name on it. Learning
should be an enjoyable experience for both you and your child.
- Can your child name and identify letters in the alphabet?
- Can your child name and identify numbers and count from one to ten?
- Can your child name and identify figures and shapes (squares, circles
- Can your child label and identify the primary colors (red, blue and
- Can your child recognize his/her printed name? Can your child print
his first and last name?
It is just as important for you, as a parent, to get ready for school
as it is for your child. Contact your local elementary school and become
familiar with the school's policies, practices and expectations. Check
out the parent-teacher organization. Be an informed parent and active
in your child's school. Studies show that informed and involved parents
have a major impact on their children's school success.
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