Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Get Ready

Sixty-five percent of children in Montgomery County arrive on the first day of kindergarten without having attended any type of preschool program and/or having been in unlicensed childcare. The other forty-five percent of children either spent time in a public or private preschool, a licensed child care, or a head start program.  If your child isn't in preschool, don't give yourself gray hairs just yet!  There are things you can do to help get him/her ready for school.   Bringing your child to the library for storytimes and on days when we have crafts or programs is a great way to foster kindergarten readiness skills.

1. Storytime is a fun way to encourage your child to feel comfortable when he/she is separated from you. Parents also need this practice, not to mention a half an hour of blissful silence in which to do absolutely nothing.

2. Listening to a storyteller and playing well with peers will help build your child’s attention span and confidence.

3. Crafts and programs are designed to help your child practice socializing, sharing, and behaving in a group. Practice using glue away from your carpet and try out a pair of scissors away from the dog!

For more information on how to get your children ready, attend one of our Every Child Ready to Read workshops this month.

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