ERIC Number: ED352158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Helping Your Child Get Ready for School, with Activities for Children from Birth through Age 5.
Paulu, Nancy; Greene, Wilma P., Ed.
This booklet suggests ways for parents to help their preschool children grow, develop, and have fun learning. A brief opening section called "Learning Begins Early" provides a general context for the book. The second section, on what it means to be ready for school, describes the qualities and skills that youngsters need to get a good start in kindergarten. This section focuses on health and physical well-being, social and emotional preparation, language, and general knowledge. The third and longest section of the booklet describes a variety of suggested activities grouped by age: birth to 1 year; 1 to 2 years; 2 to 3 years; 3 to 4 years; and 4 to 5 years; each group begins with a set of age-appropriate tips and suggestions under the headings, "What to do,""What to expect," and"What they need." Activities for infants focus on developing trust and helping babies understand their world by means of touch and sight. Activities for 1- to 2-year-old children involve shopping, sock and finger puppets, and ways to develop motor skills. Activities for 2- to 3-year-olds include reading aloud, making music, and playing with dough. The part for 3- to 4-year-olds offers popular recipes, suggests art activities, and describes ways to turn chores into learning games. Activities that introduce hands-on mathematics and develop language skills are described in the part for 4- to 5-year-olds, which also offers advice on teaching children to get along with others. The fourth and last section of the booklet offers advice on what parents can do to make school seem a friendlier place both for the parents and for the child who is about to enter it for the first time. Finally, a set of appendices offers guidelines for forming good television habits and choosing child care, provides a ready-for-school checklist, suggests community resources, and lists books for both parents and preschoolers. (AC)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Games, Infants, Learning Activities, Parent Materials, Parent Participation, Parents as Teachers, Physical Development, Play, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, School Readiness, Toddlers
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328 (Stock No. 065-000-00522-1, $3.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.