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Whether it is daycare, preschool or kindergarten, starting school is always an exciting time. But how do you keep that enthusiasm going and make it a successful school year once the newness wears off?  Here are some suggestions to keep your little one happy, alert and learning at home and at school.

  • Be positive when asking about their day at school.
  • Ask open-ended questions. “Tell me about the best part of your day?” “What was the hardest thing you had to do today?”
  • Set up a kid friendly workspace that is free of clutter and distractions.
  • Encourage your child to draw often. Ask about the picture and write his or her story down.
  • Read to your child every day and let child read the pictures to tell the story to you.
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine that includes organizing for the next day. This will help make the morning run smoothly.
  • Make learning games part of your everyday life. “Who can find an ‘A’”?  “How many spoons are on the table?” “What shape is the door?”

Other skills to work on: Is your child able to say their first and last name clearly?  Review this often and include other family members’ names as well.

Look for more suggestions under the I Can Do It section of this website.

Fall Books You Might Like:

What Happens to Leaves In The Fall by Rebecca Felix (J 575.57 FEL)

Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri (P)

How Do You Know It’s Fall? By Allan Fowler (J 508 FOW)

Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson (P)

Wonderfall by Michael Hall (P)

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak (P)