I wrote this resource as I found no resource that was succinct and easy to read for the busy parent who is preparing their child for Kindergarten. In fact, I even went to the bookstore to see what was available in the area of parenting books and what I found was overwhelming!!
I discovered a vast amount of books - each one quite complex and way too long for the busy, tired parent to even get past the first few pages without losing focus and interest. Out of the ten random books I chose to survey, two appeared to have content with common sense and useful ideas. The rest, in my opinion, were highly technical and not at the reading level of the average parent. Thus, I decided to write a fun, short, magazine inspired resource for the busy, average parent to read. My audience of parents are focused on what I know - parents who send their children to my school - thus, and maybe unfortunately, it is geared towards middle to upperclass professional, working class families.
Educators may use this resource to help educate parents who may be preparing their child for Kindergarten at your school.
Photocopy into booklets like a magazine type format to distribute to parents at registration.
Present it like optional extra reading materials to help with the transition from home into grade school.
Assess the usefulness of this booklet with a parent survey or parental feedback provided at the end of the booklet.
Tips for Parents:
Playtime with kids for the busy parent
Creating a vision for your child
Merging home habits with school habits
Social play and playdates
Kindergarten entrance advice
What to do if there are perceived educational challenges
How to teach your child problem solving techniques to build self-esteem and independence.
Parents will be aware of easy to implement, accessible activities to help their child get ready for school.
Parents will create a vision for their child based on a realistic idea of who their child is and where they come from – looking at academic, social and behavioural aspects.
Parents will learn habits/routines that children need to know for school, examine their current family habits/routines, and affirm or adjust home habits to help their child make an easy transition to school.
Parents will learn the importance of social play in their child’s preparation for school, how to deal with conflict and how to develop a positive support community to ensure their child’s social success.
Parents will learn how to develop a positive relationship with the school, staff and teachers.
Parents will examine their own relationship with their child, and affirm or adjust their parenting practice to meet the needs of their child.
Parents will evaluate their child’s readiness for Kindergarten based on set criteria.
Parents will learn what steps to take if they are concerned their child may have educational challenges.
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