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  • Ready! Set! School! - PAT Featured on ED.gov
    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 using the child s own first name She says Parents often ask me

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  • Ready! Set! School! - The Importance of Early Literacy: Rhyme and Reason
    and write in school But your job right now is to give them the love of learning Best way to do that is Example Example and Example Children s skills begin to develop in the first 5 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 home and take time to learn yourself Remember your child wants to learn from you Your voice is the music that they want to hear They want you to read the same story over and over because they want to listen to you and learn Another great tip is to take your child to the library and introduce them to new books Get

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  • Ready! Set! School! - When the Rain Comes Down it Comes Down on us All: Helping Children be Inclusive
    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 a good fit for you and your child If you are starting in a

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Because I’m Your Daddy’s Wife: The Unique Challenges and Gifts of Being a Step Mom
    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 your stepchildren s school religion sports etc Look for ways to send messages

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Being Involed in Your Grandchildrens' Lives
    baby yet the young dad may not want his mother in law in the house for more than a couple of hours each day Alternately many young fathers would like their own mother in the house 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 the children it will only serve to sever the relationship and cause everyone a world of hurt Grandparents respect your children as adults and as parents Know that you did a fine job with them and they can handle parenthood without your interference of course if they need your help try to be available without being a crutch or controller Parents respect your own

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Grand Parenting with Little Cost
    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 is just for your grandchild to grow whatever they would like especially if they

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  • Ready! Set! School! - My Child Doesn’t Talk Much: When to Worry About your Child’s Language
    what they are saying all the time Or what if you baby never gets to the ba ba ba and everyone else is saying ma ma and da da Every baby will write his own book on development and language is only one chapter Receptive language is responding to the words and sounds that your baby hears and understanding language Expressive language is sounds and body language a baby uses

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  • Ready! Set! School! - The NO! Challenge: What to do When your 2, 3, or 4 year old says NO!
    temperament of the child and our own attachment to our child Let s first consider age appropriateness When a 2 year old says No he she is generally exerting independence and autonomy Desire to be independent generally out rules the desire to be obedient for the 2 year old When a 3 year old says No it can be related to the independence factor as well as the beginning stages of testing limits When that 4 year old says No typically testing has already been executed and proven OK to say So assuming that parent and child have a solid healthy attachment formed and fostered through the first years of life and the child s temperament is average for a child that age the following steps should help in eliminating the NO word You have asked your child to buckle up and they say NO Stay calm and firm in your tone of speech Quickly analyze the situation to determine if No is acceptable in the circumstances This is not If not Give a choice that will work for you You can buckle up by yourself or I can buckle up for you Which one will it be Give a

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