Summer School Readiness Series Archives - Pickens County First Steps

Ready for Kindergarten: 3 Simple Ways to Work on Independence and Responsibility at Home

Your child’s new kindergarten routine will require personal responsibility, new listening skills, and the ability to finish tasks. If children haven’t been used to taking ownership of simple tasks at home, school can be overwhelming for them as they adjust.

The good news is that summer is a great time to begin practicing!

Young children actually take great pride in being able to do things by themselves. They are usually able to take on more responsibility than you think; it’s simply a matter of giving them opportunities to practice.

Though it might be quicker and less stressful […]

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5 Simple Ways YOU Can Help Your Kindergartner Learn to Love Books!

You probably know that books somehow matter in getting your child ready for school.

But you may not understand why.

After all, if children are going to learn letters and sounds in kindergarten, and if they’re going to eventually learn to read in school, why do books matter so much before they begin kindergarten?

Last week we talked about the importance of words in a young child’s brain. The more words they hear, the richer their “word bank” becomes. You want to fill up your child’s word bank as much as possible by the time they start […]

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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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