popular topics in preparing for preschool

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    Gifted Education
    Are We Pushing Our Grandson Too Hard?
    Special teaching programs for preschoolers are not necessary. Find out what is. ...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Look for Books
    Look for BooksThe main thing is to find books you both love. They will shape your child's first impression of the world of reading. What to Do: 1. Ask friends, neighbors, and teachers to share the names of their favorite books. 2. Visit your l...
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    10 Free Summer Learning Printables for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners
    Print these early reading, math, and learning worksheets to help your child prepare for preschool or kindergarten over the summer. Also, print this Preschool and Kindergarten Workbook for even more printables from our friends at Funbrain Jr. ...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    How to Raise a Reader
    How to Raise a Reader Just as your little one develops language skills long before being able to speak, she also develops literacy skills long before being able to read. What you do, or don't do, has a lasting impact on your child's reading skill...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Action Steps for Families
    Action Steps for FamiliesThere are a number of steps that you and other family members can take to help prepare your young children to become readers and to support the reading habit once they are in school. These include: Feed your child a die...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Story Talk
    Story TalkTalking about what you read is another way to help your child develop language and thinking skills. You don't need to plan the talk, discuss every story, or expect an answer. What you need: Reading materials What to do: 1. Read slowl...
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    Brain Development
    Baby Bookworms! 7 Tips for Reading Aloud to Babies & Toddlers
    Did you know that reading to your baby can boost his brain power? The American Academy of Pediatrics announced a new policy in June 2014 advising that parents regularly read aloud to kids from infancy through at least age 5 because it stimulates ...
    Erin Dower
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    Preparing for Preschool
    As Simple as A-B-C
    As Simple as A-B-CSharing the alphabet with your child helps him begin to recognize the shapes of letters and link them with sounds. He will soon learn the difference between individual letters -- what they look like and what they sound like. Wh...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Family Stories
    Family StoriesFamily stories let your child know about the people who are important to him. They also give him an idea of how one thing leads to another in a story. What to do: The first activities in this list work well with younger children. A...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Make Your Own Picture Dictionary
    Make Your Own Picture DictionaryA letter dictionary is a long-term project. What you need: Notebook Pencil, pen, crayons, or markers Old magazines Safety scissors Paste What to do: 1. Help your child head every page or two with a letter of ...
  • 12 Back-to-School Books for Kids of All Ages
    Back-To-School Anxiety
    12 Back-to-School Books for Kids of All Ages
    Starting the school year is a universally exciting and nerve-wracking time for kids (and their parents!). Whether your child is off to preschool, kindergarten, middle school, or any grade in between, find some classic and new back-to-school stori...
    Erin Dower
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    Preparing for Preschool
    My Favorite Words Book
    My Favorite Words BookThis book of favorite words helps your child learn to recognize words. What you need: Paper A paper punch Safety scissors Pencil, pen, crayons Yarn, pipe cleaners, or stapler Paste, glue, or glue stick Magazines, newspaper...
    Rifka Bullen
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Sound Clapping
    Sound ClappingListening to sounds in words is important. Knowing where sounds of words begin and end is also important to reading. What you need: A list of two- or three-syllable words What to do: 1. Tell your child that you will say a word and...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Now Hear This!
    Now Hear This!Children are great mimics. When you tell stories, your child will begin to tell stories, too. What to do: 1. Have your child tell stories like those you have told. Then ask, "And then what happened?" to urge the story along. 2. L...
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    Will You Survive Dropping Your Child at Daycare or Kindergarten for the First Time?
    The day I put my twins on a school bus for their first day of Kindergarten was wrenching. They couldn’t even see out the window they were so small. I got into my car, turned on the radio and heard the Fleetwood Mac song Landslide and burst into...
    Laura Richards
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    Preparing for Preschool
    Rhyme with Me — It's Fun, You See!
    Rhyme with Me — It's Fun, You See!Rhyming helps children to connect letters with sounds. What you need: Books with rhyming words, games, or songs What to do: The first activities in the list below work well with younger children. As your chil...
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    Preparing for Preschool
    R and R: Repetition and Rhyme
    R and R: Repetition and RhymeRepetition makes books predictable, and young readers love knowing what will happen. What you need: Books with repeated phrases Short rhyming poems Book suggestions: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, V...
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    Rhyme Time
    Rhyme TimeChildren love words that rhyme. Rhyming words are important to reading because they call children's attention to the sounds inside words. What you need: Some words that rhyme What to do: 1. Think of words that rhyme. Say two words tha...