August 2016 - Pickens County First Steps

Why PARENTS are the greatest school readiness superheroes of all!

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We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about the team of people in our own communities who get young children ready for school.

This week we’re shining a spotlight on the greatest superheroes of all: PARENTS.

Despite the vital role that early intervention, education, libraries, faith communities, and all our community superheroes play in getting kids ready for school, research consistently shows that the greatest superheroes of all are parents.

Whether it’s through family dinners, the security and boundaries that positive discipline provides, reading aloud, knowing that talking is teaching, or simple family outings {going […]

5 Tips to Help Your Young Child Transition to School

It’s an important week for our kids and we want to help you through these days of big transitions!

Know that it’s normal for there to be tears and fears and for the transition to be less than smooth, especially for younger children starting school for the first time. Everything from separation anxiety to changes in routine can feel scary and disruptive.

Each child is different. Some children handle transitions with wide open enthusiasm. Others are cautious but compliant. And some little ones may have an emotional meltdown.

Don’t fret if your child doesn’t handle transitions […]

How Early Childhood Teachers and “Book Flood” Get Children Ready for School

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With back-to-school events happening as we speak, it’s officially time to start getting ready for the fall schedule. But what is true school readiness? That’s what we’ve been talking about the last couple of weeks on the blog.

It takes a team to get each child ready for school. And YOU — as parents, coaches, librarians, health care providers, early childhood teachers — are a critical part of that team.

The mission of  First Steps is to create a community where children are ready for school. We’re shining a spotlight on some of our school readiness […]

Is Your Child Ready for School? Get your FREE Readiness Tool!

At Pickens County First Steps, we are all about school readiness.

But what does true school readiness actually mean? You may think it means having all the latest supplies or having a five-year-old who can read. But readiness has little to do with supplies and academic skills. Readiness simply means a child is ready to learn. If that sounds overwhelming or confusing, we have good news:

Readiness doesn’t have to be complicated. 

We’ve created a FREE resource that can help you build a readiness foundation for the children in your care:

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