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

Help Your Child Build Good Social Skills with our May ParentTip

Social skills are the skills that help people live, work, and play together.  These “people” skills are how we behave and interact with others. They impact how other people treat us and how we get along in the world.  Some good people skills are:  courteous, fair, helpful, honest, kind, patient, positive attitude and respectful.  One of the best ways to help your child build good social skills is to be a good role model!  It is one of the best things you can do.  Your child watches you and gets clues about what to do and how to act.  Make sure to check out our May ParentTip on Building Good Social Skills  to get some more ideas on how to help your child! 

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