picture of student and teacherSchool Readiness

"Back 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

Internet Resources

If searching the Internet for more information, remember to use as keywords both "school readiness" and "readiness for school."

Back to School Time -- Tips to Help Children Adjust
www.naeyc.org/resources/eyly/1996/11.htm
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 surroundings.

Back to School Tips To Parents: Building Resiliency
www.parenthoodweb.com/parent_cfmfiles/pros.cfm?n=1103&target=education
Leading child and adolescent development psychologists provide help for parents of children in kindergarten through eighth grade.

Get Set 4 Kindergarten
www.getset4k.org
A month-by-month guide to kindergarten readiness.

Kindergarten Entry Skills
http://ecap.crc.uiuc.edu/info/pubs/fri/k-entry.html
This article discusses ways in which parents can prepare their children before the school year begins.

Helping Your Child Get Ready for School
http://readyweb.crc.uiuc.edu/library/1992/getready/getready.html
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.

Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
http://familyeducation.com/article/0,1120,21-14779-1,00.html
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.

Ready or not...Preparing Young Children for the Classroom
www.naeyc.org/resources/eyly/1998/03.htm
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.

Tips for Easy Back-to-School Transitions
www.naeyc.org/resources/eyly/1998/16.htm
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.

Library Resources

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

Books

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.

Helping Your Child Start School: A Practical Guide for Parents by Bernard Ryan.
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.

Kindergarten: It Isn't What It Used To Be: Getting Your Child Ready for the Positive Experience of Education by Susan Golant.
Includes 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 teacher.

Preschool 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.

Smart Start: The Parents' Complete Guide to Preschool Education by Marian Borden.
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.

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