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Steps to School Readiness

As a parent, grandparent, or other adult family member, there are many ways you can support your child to be ready for school and learning. One of the most important things families can do is to involve their young children in daily learning by talking with them, playing with them, singing with them, and reading to them starting right from birth. Research clearly shows that children whose families involve them in learning at home are more successful in school!

The Marathon County Early Years Coalition recommends that parents and caregivers take these 4 simple steps to prepare children for school:

  • Find out how children learn - babies begin to learn even before they are born! What you do with and say to your child makes a big difference.
  • Make sure your child is healthy and safe - children who are not feeling well are not ready to do their best learning.
  • Be your child's teacher - children are learning all the time. Simple, everyday activities and routines at home, like mealtime, are perfect chances to help them learn important skills, including social-emotional skills like sharing and taking turns, language and literacy skills like reading and expressing their thoughts and feelings, thinking skills like math and experimenting, and physical skills like being able to take care of themselves. When you talk, read, sing, and play with your children, you are helping them learn while having fun together.
  • Be a partner with your child's teachers at school - you know your child best. You know what they can do well, what they're learning to do, and what they can't yet do. It is important for you to share this information with school staff so you can work together.

If you would like more information on preparing your child for school, or other parenting topics, check out www.Raisegreatkids.org for local resources and information.

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