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ERIC Number: EJ973981
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1083-3080
Help Children Move from Preschool to Elementary School with Ease
Chappel, Margot
Our Children: The National PTA Magazine, v37 n5 p10-11 Apr-May 2012
Each year, families across the country take the leap from an early-childhood learning program to elementary school. Prepared families take a poised step forward, confident and knowledgeable about how their child will ease into the school system and develop along his or her learning path. Unprepared families anxiously tiptoe ahead, unsure of what their child will face in a new learning environment. A child's first day of regular school does not have to be laden with uncertainty. It should be a period of genuine excitement for families and children alike, a time when children explore a new learning environment, develop new social skills, and start a life-long expedition of educational curiosity. The transition from an early-childhood learning program to elementary school can be made smoother with a clear communication channel between parents, early-childhood learning programs, and elementary schools and a proactive approach to coordinating the transition. Parents play an especially critical role in making the transition successful, and must take the initiative to educate themselves, ask questions, and use existing resources. PTA leaders assist parents by welcoming families to their new schools, getting them acquainted with the additional resources PTA can provide, and helping to make communication with teachers and administrators easier and more productive.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Nevada