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Summer is winding down and now it’s time for your little one to begin school! As they go off to join the big kids, your role in their education journey has just begun. You play a major role in their success in school, in fact studies show that students whose parents are involved in their education are more likely to earn higher grades, score better on standardized tests, and attend college.

Here are some ways you can help your child’s first year be a positive and productive start to their school years.

  1. Meet your child’s teacher. Don’t wait until parent-teacher conferences. Introduce yourself at the beginning of the year in person or via email or through a note and make that connection.
  2. Get involved. Check with your child’s teacher and see what you can do this school year to help out with classroom activities or special projects. It’s a great way to spend more time with your child and meet other parents.
  3. Know your child’s school. Get a copy of the school handbook and learn about school policies. Stay informed by reading school and parent-teacher group newsletters. If the school has a website, check it regularly or like them on Facebook for updates and information.
  4. Keep it up at home. Learning doesn’t end when the school day ends. Work with your child on activities and projects at home that will build on the literacy and math skills they are learning at school.

And most importantly, KEEP READING!

And one way to do that is to visit the library to sign up for the Annual Family Reading Challenge. Every family in Euclid is invited to participate in the third annual Family Reading Challenge beginning September 15th!

BOOKS FOR STARTING KINGERGARTEN

Planet Kindergarten. By: Sue Ganz-Schmitt

Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten. By: Toni Buzzeo

Off to Kindergarten. By: Tony Johnston

Tom Goes to Kindergarten. By: Margaret Wild

Mom, It’s My First Day of Kindergarten. By: Hyewon Yum

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten. By: Joseph Slate