to school time often means changes for children and families:
the first day of kindergarten or first grade; new preschools
or child care settings; new classrooms and new teachers. Making
smooth transitions between home, programs and schools can help
children feel good about themselves and teach them to trust
other adults and children. Helping children adapt to new situations
can ease parents' minds and give them a chance to become involved
in their children's education." - from the National Association
for the Education of Young Children
searching the Internet for more information, remember to use
as keywords both "school readiness" and "readiness
to School Time -- Tips to Help Children Adjust
Prepared by the National Association for the Education of Young
Children, this offers tips on how both parents and teachers/early
childhood professionals can help children adjust to their new
to School Tips To Parents: Building Resiliency
Leading child and adolescent development psychologists provide
help for parents of children in kindergarten through eighth
Get Set 4 Kindergarten
A month-by-month guide to kindergarten readiness.
This article discusses ways in which parents can prepare their
children before the school year begins.
Your Child Get Ready for School
This online booklet from the U.S. Department of Education lists
activities that parents can do to help prepare their child for
preschool or kindergarten.
While there's no perfect formula that determines when children
are truly ready for kindergarten, you can use this checklist
to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills
found on most kindergarten checklists.
or not...Preparing Young Children for the Classroom
Early school success depends somewhat upon the "match"
between a child's skills and the school's expectations. Here
are some suggestions of how parents and schools can promote
a good match for every child.
for Easy Back-to-School Transitions
The National Association for the Education of Young Children
offer tips on what parents can do to make going back to school
a pleasurable experience.
Books on this topic may be located in either
the Children's or Adult area of your library classified under
the Dewey number 372.21. They may also be in a special parenting
collection in the Children's Area. Magazine and newspaper articles
are available from your library's database collection. Your
local librarian will be happy to help you locate the materials
you need or
visit your library online at www.nassaulibrary.org/list/nasslist.html
Going to School: How to Help Your Child Succeed (A Complete
Guide for Parents of Children Ages 3-8) by Sharon Ramey.
A comprehensive resource filled with proven strategies
for parents to prepare children to start school and to help
them succeed in the critical early years.
Your Child Start School: A Practical Guide for Parents by Bernard
Describes the emotional and physical makeup of
the preschooler and shows the parent how to become a "resource
center" for the child's development of self-image.
It Isn't What It Used To Be: Getting Your Child Ready for the
Positive Experience of Education by Susan Golant.
criteria for evaluating a good kindergarten program, explains
how to help your child cope with the transition from home to
school, and gives pointers on how to identify a great kindergarten
for Parents: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Preschool
by Diane Dodge
Preschool for Parents is a guide for finding
and selecting a great, safe preschool and giving your child
the best opportunity to learn, play and grow.
Start: The Parents' Complete Guide to Preschool Education by
From choosing the right program to coping with
separation anxiety, Smart Start helps parents identify quality
programs that will provide preschoolers with the best opportunity
for a successful learning experience.