ERIC Number: EJ785807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Starting School: Welcoming Young Children and Families into Early School Experiences
Laverick, DeAnna M.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v35 n4 p321-326 Feb 2008
Throughout the world, young children and their families anticipate the start of school with expectations and hopes, as well as concerns. Although the approaches and customs differ from one nation, region, or culture to another, one constant is the recognition that a collaborative effort is needed to welcome young children and their families into formal schooling experiences. The transition process should be proactive and responsive to the children's needs. This article addresses four key components of appropriate support for young children who are starting school: (1) a consideration of the developmental characteristics of young children, (2) a recognition of factors that affect adjustment to new situations, (3) the establishment of relationships with families, and (4) the implementation of strategies that assist young children in making this important transition. Strategies for assisting children who are beginning their school careers are shared.
Descriptors: Young Children, Transitional Programs, Family School Relationship, Student Adjustment, Early Childhood Education, Child Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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