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! Read more - Starting A Preschool Group
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. Read more - Moving Your Child to a New School
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. Read more - Independence: The First Day of School
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. Read more - Changes to Expect When Your Child Starts School
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. Read more - Preparing Your Child: Communication
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. Read more - Preparing Your Child: Social Skills
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. Read more - Preparing Your Child for School: Science
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. Read more - Preparing Your Child For: Math
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. Read more - Preparing Your Child: Reading
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. Read more - Simple Educational Card Games
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. Read more - Learning Games for Preschoolers
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.
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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. Read more - Study Habits
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. Read more - Kindergarten Reading
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.
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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. Read more - Preschool Online
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. Read more - 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.
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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. Read more - 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. Read more - Preschool Curriculum
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. Read more - Ready for Kindergarten
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. Read more - Preschool Readiness
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. Read more - Free Coloring Worksheets
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. Read more - Preparing Students 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. Read more - Why Teach Nursery Rhymes?
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. Read more - Montessori vs Waldorf
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. Read more - Head Start Program Review
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. Read more - Photography and Early Education
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. Read more - Building Blocks--A World of Possibilities