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What Should Your Child Know Before Kindergarten?

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What Should Your Child Know Before Kindergarten?

If you have a child who will be attending kindergarten this fall, you’ve probably already gone through kindergarten registration and started thinking about other preparations you’ll need to make. I’ve been there twice, and it’s so surreal to think about your child being old enough to go to “real school”! Of course, your child doesn’t need to be an academic genius before starting kindergarten, but here are 10 skills that are good to have before the first day: How to write their first name: Knowing how to write both first and last names would be a plus, but if your...

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10 Fun Ways to Learn About Transportation

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10 Fun Ways to Learn About Transportation

Cars, trucks, and trains… oh my! Whether you’re: Teaching a transportation unit at preschool, or Looking for ideas to keep your little one engaged at home… Transportation crafts are a perfect way to teach preschoolers about the world, since they are usually associated with fun and excitement. Today we’re sharing 5 creative projects and 5 picture books that will help your preschooler learn through the vehicles we see around us.   Transportation Activities for Preschoolers Dump Truck Sound Sort (and other creative games!) at Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten Practice telling the difference between similar-looking letters and sounds by matching letters to the correctly...

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How to End the School Year Well

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How to End the School Year Well

May is here again, and the school year is wrapping up! The end of the school year is usually a combination of last-minute activities, warm spring weather, and pushing through the same school-day routine… which is probably feeling a little stale by now. (See the viral post Worst End of School Year Mom Ever if you relate!) Okay, so how can we as parents help our kids (and ourselves) end the school year on a good note? Here a few ways to finish well and get ready to transition into a summer routine. Stay consistent with homework, morning and evening...

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How to Help Your Child Stick to a Routine

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How to Help Your Child Stick to a Routine

Most of us are aware that having some sort of routine is necessary to have a functional family life. Kids need routines throughout their growing-up years, not just when they’re infants or toddlers. Keeping activities in a consistent sequence helps both parents and kids manage their daily needs, including food, hygiene, sleep, and homework. Kids may fight routine, but it helps them have a sense of consistency and security. Here are some tips for helping your child stick to a routine: Use pictures. Connecting visuals with a listed routine can help kids remember it better, especially if they’re visual-spatial learners....

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10 Books or Series to Read With Your School-Ager

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10 Books or Series to Read With Your School-Ager

It’s so much fun to read picture books to preschoolers, but once your child is in elementary school, chapter books can open up new windows of connection. Once you’ve moved beyond the realm of picture books, that doesn’t mean you should stop reading to and with your child! It’s important to keep reading to older kids because you can read slightly ahead of their current reading skills and continue to encourage their literacy and comprehension. Let their interests guide you, but here are some options to consider: Nancy Drew / The Hardy Boys These detective/mystery stories have delighted kids (and...

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