Help Your Child Build Social Studies Skills by Using Routines!

Routines are things we do every day.  Routines keep children on task because children do well in well-ordered and predictable environments.  Routines, like brushing teeth every night before bed, help children learn to care for themselves, their belongings and the home.  When setting up routines it is important to be consistent, give choices, use simple steps, be realistic, practice, give guidance, remain flexible and celebrate success!  Check out our August ParentTip on Using Routines  for some more great ideas!

Help Your Child talk about the Past, Present, and Future with our July ParentTip!

When your child starts kindergarten, she needs to be able to talk about things that happened in the past, are currently occurring (the present), or that will occur in the future.  To help your child with this concept, give her four to five pictures of herself at different ages.  Ask your child to put them in order.  Have her talk about how she has changed over time.  For more ideas on how you can help your child learn to talk about the past, present, and future, check out our July ParentTip on Looking at the Past, Present, and Future !  

Help Your Child Learn About Time With Our June ParentTip

Time is difficult for young children to understand, but when things are the same each and every day, children develop a general awareness of time.  Through daily living, children slowly learn that certain things, like the start of the school day, the dinner hour, or bedtime, happen at a specific time each day.  While young children cannot "tell time" or read clocks, exposure to these techniques give children the basic skills they need for later learning.  Make a schedule for your child so they know what to expect and when to expect it.  Use "time words" like soon, later, early, before, after, today, tomorrow, etc.  Check out our June ParentTip on  Learning About Time for more ideas on how to help your child understand the concept of time.  Book Suggestion:  About Time:  A First Look At Time by Bruce Koscielniak

School Readiness Symposium Praised

Over 175 people attended our School Readiness Symposium "The Arts Work in Early Childhood" featuring Akua Kouyate-Tate, Senior Director of Wolf Trap Education on May 12, 2015 at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt, Maryland. "It is always a pleasure to attend the Symposia provided by Ready At Five.  I can't think of another organization in our state that provides such great opportunities for education professionals to attend and receive high quality, current, research based and relevant information as frequently as Ready At Five.  The format offers fabulous key note messages, individual workshops allow participants to select one that might address their needs or interest, and the day allows for networking with colleagues and the opportunity to meet new friends. Each Symposium is different from the one before and I always look forward to the next!" -Laura Suguiyama, Early Childhood Educational Consultant and Independent Trainer

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