Getting Ready for School Begins at Birth
What she or he needs to know through your everyday activities with her or him and when you make learning fun:
Language and Literacy
- Share books. A love of books – even if young children just chew on them! – leads to love of learning.
- Talk together. Talking builds language. The more you talk, the more they will learn.
- Make everyday routines “teachable” moments. Count napkins as you set the table; talk about colors as you take a walk.
- Encourage pretend play. Imagination helps develop ideas and builds thinking skills.
- Teach acceptable behavior. Show them what they can do.
- Give reasonable opportunities to make choices. Making choices helps children feel in control.
- Give your child responsibilities. Even small jobs build confidence.
- Provide challenges. Give the support needed to solve a problem but don’t solve it for them.