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Preparing Your Child for School



A collection of articles on preparation that parents can make to help their children succeed in school. Includes articles on preparing children for their initial school experience, articles on switching to a new school, school lunches, and study habits.

Preparing Your Child for School Articles

Starting A Preschool Group
Starting A Preschool Group: In this article you will find preschooling tips, curriculum ideas, education resources, and fun activities that will help make your preschool group a success. Start your preschool with these tips!

Moving Your Child to a New School
Moving your child to a new school can be a big decision. Moving? Switching from home school to public school? Has your child been accepted at a new private or charter school? Here are tips to make moving your child to a new school go smoothly.

Independence: The First Day of School
The first day of school can be scary for a child and stressful for parents. The child has a new routine and new people to get used to. Help prepare your child for the first day of school by teaching independence.

Changes to Expect When Your Child Starts School
Starting school means several changes in a child's life. Even the start of homeschooling brings change. This article gives information on what changes to expect when your child starts school, and how to handle the changes.

Preparing Your Child: Communication
Preparing your child for school means more than preparing them for math and reading. They need communication skills as well. This article explains how knowing communication conventions will help your child be prepared for school.

Preparing Your Child: Social Skills
Preparing your child for school means more than preparing them to learn certain subjects. The social environment at school is likely to be different from home. This article provides tips on preparing your child socially for attending school.

Preparing Your Child for School: Science
It’s possible to prepare your child well for school science experiences without specialized equipment or curriculum. Find tips on how to prepare your child to start thinking scientifically before they start school in this article.

Preparing Your Child For: Math
Preparing your child for math can be fun and easy. This article has tips on preparing your child for counting, dividing, comparing, sorting, and measuring. Exposure to all of the these skills can help prepare your child for studying math in school.

Preparing Your Child: Reading
Preparing your child for reading is important. Students who are ready to read have an advantage when they start school. Get tips on how to get your child interested in reading and prepare him or her to participate in a school reading curriculum.

Simple Educational Card Games
Simple educational card games can teach important skills for school. While playing educational games you can teach numeracy skills, matching, counting, comparing, social skills, and manners. This article explains how to teach and play.

Learning Games for Preschoolers
Learning games for preschoolers can help prepare children for school. This article introduces games that can be played without requiring any set-up or materials as well as those that require materials or equipment, all designed for preschool education.

Hooked on Phonics
This Hooked on Phonics review helps you consider whether to use this product in helping your children learn to read. Will Hooked on Phonics give your children an edge in reading? Is it worth the price? This review may help you decide.

Study Habits
It pretty much goes without saying that good study habits are important to success in high school and college. But that doesn’t mean they’re easy to acquire. How do you develop good study habits? Read on for some hints.

Kindergarten Reading
This article has information on the IRA/NCTE standards that apply to kindergarten reading.  Also included in the article are reading activities for kindergarten-age students, whether they attend public, private or home-based schools.

Kindergarten History
This article discusses how history is taught in kindergarten. It explains the areas that are considered fundamental to the understanding of history, including time, place, culture, family, and stories. It also provides sources for teaching culture.

Preschool Online
Preschool online materials can be a great educational start for preschool age kids. This article discusses online safety and educational elements to look for in your search for online preschool materials. Useful online resources are also included.

Kindergarten Math
If you’re looking for ways to support your public or private school kindergartner in learning math, or formulating your own homeschool math curriculum, you’ll find useful information in this article. Read on to learn about all the different elements of kindergarten math.

Lunchbox and Sack Lunch Ideas
Packing a lunchbox or sack lunch gives parents more control over what their children eat, allows them to respect dietary restrictions and allergies, and can help children learn about healthy food and feel in touch with home while they are at school. Read on for healthy lunch ideas.

Reading to Children
Reading to children has a wide range of benefits and is considered by educators to be of such great importance that it is pretty universally recommended as one of the most important things parents can do for their children. This article discusses the benefits and some approaches to reading to children.

Preschool Curriculum
Preschool curriculum can be very diverse, ranging from the basics to intensive foreign language immersion. This article is an overview of basic preschool curriculum types and some tips for learning more about other, more intensive, curriculum options.

Ready for Kindergarten
Getting ready for kindergarten means not only preparing to address the kindergarten school curriculum, but - for students who attend a public or private school - also the social and emotional demands of kindergarten. Learn more here.

Preschool Readiness
When considering preschool readiness, there are a number of things to consider. Read this article for preschool readiness tips to help you determine if/when your child is ready. Early childhood programs differ from state-to-state. Get more information here.

Free Coloring Worksheets
Free coloring worksheets for kids are used in families and by educators.  Some people are greatly in favor of coloring pages for kids, while others are opposed. This article offers both sides as well as sources for free coloring pictures.

Preparing Students for College
Student preparation for college begins long before junior year admissions testing and applications.  This article provides some information about seven important things students can do to prepare for college.

Why Teach Nursery Rhymes?
Parents might remember some of their earliest memories included learning nursery rhymes, which is why some parents might be asking why teach nursery rhymes? Some parents are forgoing these classics entirely focusing on new and more current versions of stories.

Montessori vs Waldorf
Montessori and Waldorf are two very popular private school for K-12. When comparing Montessori vs. Waldorf we found some interesting differences. Keep reading to learn about Montessori and Waldorf preschool, private school, and homeschool options.

Head Start Program Review
Before you enroll your preschool-age child, it might be a good idea to do a Head Start program review on your local head start program to determine if your child will be a good fit for the program. In the U.S. governmental Head Start program review, new methods of running the program seem to be effective.

Photography and Early Education
It used to be that many young children had Brownie cameras, but that was a time when film and developing were relatively expensive and they were treasured and used infrequently. With the advent of digital photography and inexpensive cameras, photography can become a learning tool from an early age.

Building Blocks--A World of Possibilities
Building blocks are considered one of the basic toys of childhood. Read on for some suggested sources and some novel building ideas.