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  • Ready! Set! School! - How Do I Work with My Child if He Won’t Stay Still?
    it is based on repetition Finger plays teach vocabulary These songs have repetition built in and finger plays are interactive that keep the hands and fingers moving and the songs help vocabulary to be retained better 2 Print Motivation If you begin very soon after a baby is born and read to them daily as they become toddlers then preschoolers reading is a part of their routine Even if they run around as you read the story they are still listening and love the rhythm of your voice Stopping by now and then to have a peek at the pictures and words in the book Their interest in books increases very easily and naturally But don t stop reading just because they won t sit still Listening is an important literacy skill as well and who said you HAD to sit to listen especially for little boys They still learn about print in many other ways environmental print is when they see words written in our communities in the grocery stores as we run errands at the Drs Office etc Just point words out to them 3 Singing brings a natural awareness of words Print Awareness as each syllable or sound in a word gets a different note Young children notice print they often understand it links to words they hear when they follow print to learned nursery rhymes it helps them to connect the words with the music Music is natural with most children so as you sing the nursery rhyme with your child show her the words in a book they read along with you Moving to a new word gives that word even more meaning to a young child 4 Letter knowledge Learning the ABC Alphabet song when young you can also teach them the letters with

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Teaching Math to preschoolers
    pipe cleaners string or crayons They learn by playing with blocks or nesting containers Children learn that parts make up the whole by playing with puzzles or toys that come apart They learn about how numbers are used when their parents point out numbers to them as they go throughout their day Children learn spatial sense or a feel for their surroundings and the objects in them when they run climb swing slide or play with blocks or puzzles Children need to experience numbers in many different ways to build their understanding of it They need to connect the spoken number names to a variety of objects pictures and written number symbols They need to understand the language of math the meaning of words such as same different more less many few etc Children usually progress in their understanding of math from concrete the actual objects to pictorial pictures of objects to symbolic numerals and finally to abstract It is helpful for them to see two toy trucks next to a picture of two trucks next to the symbol 2 What math concepts do young children need to understand before entering Kindergarten Count by rote from 1 to 10 or

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  • Ready! Set! School! - PAT Featured on ED.gov
    funded which actually do save money for American taxpayers The Perry Scope Preschool Project found that every dollar spent in early childhood education actually saves a little over 7 dollars in remedial educational services later on which translates to a lot of money when you count those numbers for every child who enters kindergarten unprepared In Utah between 40 and 70 percent of kindergarten children are not well prepared for school according to a statewide survey of Utah kindergarten teachers PAT believes that education truly begins at home and works to give parents the skills that they need to help their own children prepare for kindergarten Ready Set School is a project of Utah Parents as Teachers and we recently sent out a questionnaire to kindergarten teachers of children who participated in our PAT program for at least one year prior to entering kindergarten Over 70 of the children transitioning into kindergarten from our PAT program were ready and most were in the top 1 3 of their class The children who were not ready had come into our program with developmental delays In her article Erin Garner outlines a way for parents to begin teaching their child letter recognition

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  • Ready! Set! School! - The Importance of Early Literacy: Rhyme and Reason
    years of life Their early childhood experiences with music patterns and books lay the foundation to success in learning to read and write From day one they listen to all the sounds around them and feel startled or comforted by what they hear and see I know you have heard it over and over that you are your child s first teacher You keep hearing it because it is true Reading singing and playing with your child is important to their development Be silly and have fun enjoy this beautiful time with them You ll be so surprised later to see what a short moment it really is Talk and listen to your child and you will hear what they are learning from you Nursery rhymes are almost gone Bring them back to life by reading them to your child What are some of the songs you loved to hear as a child Keep passing those gems on for generations Every chance do some finger play bells and drums anything with music with motion It is fun for you and your child Your love for learning will be passed on to your child Have an atmosphere of learning in your

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  • Ready! Set! School! - When the Rain Comes Down it Comes Down on us All: Helping Children be Inclusive
    where segregating children with special needs limits the benefits and opportunities that they would otherwise receive Children develop a positive understanding of themselves and others When children attend classes that reflect the similarities and differences of people in the real world they learn to appreciate diversity Friendships develop Schools are important places for children to develop friendships and learn social skills Children with and without special needs learn with and from each other in inclusive classes All children learn by being together Because the philosophy of inclusive education is aimed at helping all children learn everyone in the class benefits Children learn at their own pace and style within a nurturing learning environment Excerpt from Inclusive Education By Leslie Soodak Ph D and Elizabeth Erwin Ed D Taking proactive measures to make sure your child has a smooth transition is especially important when you have a child with special needs if you want to avoid much of the stress and worry that a new school year can bring especially if your child gets a teacher who is not very patient or understanding of your child s unique differences Some things that you can do to help your child and as a result you your family and your child s teacher and other school personnel make a smooth transition upon entering school and at the start of every new school year are Visit with the principal preschool director playgroup coordinator and discuss your child s needs before you start Find out about the teachers and if there is a teacher who would be the best match to work with your child If you are going to be starting in a private preschool talk to the preschool teacher You may want to talk to several preschool teachers and find one that is

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Because I’m Your Daddy’s Wife: The Unique Challenges and Gifts of Being a Step Mom
    children s mother No matter what the situation is treat and speak of her respectfully Spend time getting to know each stepchild without competition from the biological parent relationships Share an interest or skill that your stepchild may be interested in This will allow a relationship to develop that will be beneficial to you both 2 Be clear and consistent with our family rules that you and your husband agree upon Give yourself time to learn what those are Communicate often as parents to chart out this new territory Include the children as much as possible For example ask What kind of family do we want to be Who will be responsible for what What are some fun things we can do together How should we treat each other What can we count on 3 Hold realistic expectations of yourself Resist the myth that you will automatically love your stepchildren or that they will love you Both of you likely will have come from experiences of significant loss Aim for mutual respect and wait for love to develop naturally 4 Let the children decide what to call you Our children chose to call their stepparent by their first name 5 Leave the disciplining role to the biological parent As respectful relationships form the time may come that you can successfully share this role with your spouse Take a parenting class together and take an approach that fits your family s needs 6 Don t play favorites You will naturally feel a closer bond with your own children than your stepchildren but you must separate your actions from your feelings if you want to build connections with your stepchildren Even though real caring may not have developed yet show equal respect and consideration 7 Show interest in and be involved in

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Being Involed in Your Grandchildrens' Lives
    to help out while the young mom wants nothing of the kind These issues must be discussed calmly and openly before the baby arrives The parents must come to an agreement and then explain to the grandparents what they want or don t want If a young couples disagrees the grandparents should back off and stay out of it Parents and grandparents alike need to compromise and show grace Parents would do well to remember that they were raised by their parents and turned out alright They can set boundaries but they also should give the grandparents the opportunity to bond with the child Grandparents being the older and potentially wiser of the two parties should remember how it feels to be a young parent and give the parents the space or help they need In the end it is the grandparents who are the outsiders If they want a meaningful relationship with their grand children it will have to be on the parents terms and rightly so The parents are ultimately responsible for the children and have the right to set down rules and expect them to be followed If grandparents ignore the rules or undermine the parents to

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Grand Parenting with Little Cost
    s town 2 Star Gaze talk about the constellations 3 Schedule a visit to the local library for some quiet time to read together take turns reading to each other Choose a book with no words make up the story Check for other events that the library may offer 4 At your home or at theirs take special opportunities to play games www familyfun com is a great resource for fun family time ideas and games 5 Dance together make homemade instruments and play them or listen to children s music www nancymusic com has free downloadable songs sheet music and words to her very simple but fun songs 6 Watch for musicals artistic or spiritual events hosted various groups or blossoming performers Schools often have performances that may have a day to present their performance at no cost 7 If you have a Parks and Recreation Department or a National Park near you they may offer activities you can join You may want to check with the local Chamber of Commerce for less advertised activities in your area 8 Visit local Zoos Museums or some less frequented places 9 Letterboxing or geo texting are both fairly new age activities Surf the internet to find out more about these and to discover if there are any available in your area Fun for all ages 10 Go for bike rides take walks together just to talk letting your grandchild take the lead in what is discussed 11 Try taking a detective walk look for interesting out of the ordinary objects as you go along and after you have collected several weave together an entertaining story with all of the objects you discovered You may wish to wear gloves or have hand sanitizer 12 Garden together maybe offer a small spot that

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