June 2019 - Pickens County First Steps

5 Simple Ways to Turn Everyday Moments into Learning Opportunities for Kindergarten

You’re a busy parent, right? Keeping your child fed, clothed, and cared for is a full-time job even as you juggle many other responsibilities. Perhaps you feel like you’re not doing enough to help your rising kindergartener get ready for school. Maybe you want to do more but you don’t know where to start.

Here’s the good news. We don’t believe you have to add “more” to your life. We believe that everyday life holds more learning opportunities than you may realize!

By working some basic tips into your regular life, you canget your […]

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6 Simple Ways to Help Your Child FEEL Ready for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten is a huge step for young children! They will need plenty of patience, encouragement, and support when school begins.

But you may not realize that there are simple and important ways you can prepare children emotionally for this big transition. Summer can be the perfect time to start!

This is the first post in a summer series designed to get rising kindergartners ready for school.

Academic skills matter, but not as much as the foundation for all learning: a child feeling loved and secure. Kids thrive academically, socially, and emotionally when their world feels […]

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8 Simple Ways to Build a Strong Foundation for Math

*a post from The Palmetto Basics

“I’m just not a math person.”

We’ve all heard someone say this. Maybe you’ve said it yourself.

As adults, we know our own strengths and weaknesses, and this awareness can lead us to believe that we don’t have what it takes to equip our young children, especially if it’s in an area where we haven’t had success.

That’s why many of us say, “I’m just not a math person!”

But think about this:

Would you refrain from tossing a ball to your child because […]

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