Monday, July 18, 2011

The Perfect Preschool & Kindergarten Parent

How to be the Best Preschool and Kindergarten Parent

What can you do to be the perfect Preschool & Kindergarten parent? Here’s a good start:

  • Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast.
  • Put young children to bed at least by 8:00 p.m.
  • Snuggle and share books together every night possible.
  • Turn off the gadgets and play with your child doing puzzles, board games, drawing pictures, exercising, riding bikes, playing outdoor games, and communicating. Children learn using their five senses and movement.
  • Check your child’s backpack for notes and homework. Read all notices sent home. Mark on your calendar special school days.
  • If at all possible, attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. Write down your questions and concerns so that you won't forget to mention them.
  • Email, leave a voicemail, or send a note to your child's teacher with information regarding changes in allergies, diet, or home life. You may want to request a conference when your child's behavior is in question, if they don't want to go to school, or if you have bullying concerns.
  • Send a written and signed Absence Excuse with your child when he/she returns from missing school.
  • Volunteer to help the teacher with projects - at school or at home - and try to go on a field trip.
  • Do not stress you, or your child, if they are not reading or know all their letters and sounds. The kindergarten curriculum mandates that these skills are taught regardless if your child already knows them. But your help definintely increases the success of your child.
Children do not care about "quality" time. They just want time with you. Give your child opportunities to play, explore and discover while you build their vocabulary, listen, and answer questions - or find answers together. This  gives a child a sense of security, stability, and bonding - building their self-esteem which results in fewer behavior problems. Children learn through play. Creating nurturing memories and fun learning experiences in their early years will help them throughout the rest of their lives.
The best and most beautiful things in the
world cannot be seen or even touched.
They must be felt within the heart.

~ Helen Keller

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  1. Wonderful post! I wish I had put something like this together for parents when I was teaching PreK/Kindergarten. I shared it with the teachers at my school.

  2. Awesome post and great suggestions. I'm going to keep this for when my boys start school. Thank you!

  3. Thank you so much. Little ones are funny and creative - never know what might happen.

  4. Great habits for any student.

  5. Thank you. Don't we wish it was easy to be perfect? Or maybe not. A little less techno challenged would be nice though, for sure. Hope to see you back here. Trying to post every week now (LOL).

  6. I loved reading your post! And, my son is in Kindergarten this year and I do agree that never later than 8 pm in bed ;)

  7. Thank you for this post! I have often wondered about this exact question. These are great suggestions!

  8. Caroline and Jessie - Thank you so much. That makes my day. I hope yours is wonderful and filled with great fun with the little ones.

  9. Thanks, Susan, for directing me to this back-to-school blog hop! Just the place I want to be. :)
    Love your post...great tips simply put!

    1. Thank you Vivian. I love your blog and your book looks like a wonderful resource.