Back to School
How to Choose a Lunchbox
Avoid brown-bagging your little one's lunch. Find the perfect lunchbox, whether your kid is just starting preschool or is a school veteran.
What Your Child Will Learn in Preschool
Preschool allows your child to practice her interpersonal skills and learn in a variety of ways. She'll spend most of her day playing and doing activities.
[MUSIC] Children who attend a quality preschool program , have many opportunities to practice their social skills. They learn how to take turns, they learn how to converse with other children, ask questions, wait for people to answer and then respond. All of these opportunities give them a chance to, have social experiences, and social interactions with other children. So, this sets them up quite nicely, to be in a classroom environment where they have to move with the group, take turns, follow a routine, because it's happened in their preschool program , and within these social experiences, children are exposed to a variety of different skills, and content knowledge. They're exposed to letters, they're
What Your Child Will Learn in Kindergarten
These days, kindergarten has more of an academic focus than it did in the past. Your little learner will be reading, writing, and learning basic math, while still having time for fun during her school year in kindergarten.
sounds. And eventually, start to put letters together to form words. Children's math skills also start to increase. They sort and they count different manipulatives. And during this manipulative experience, they actually start to do some simple addition and subtraction. The key to kindergarten is that they are exposed to times to read, and times to write, and times to play, in a more structured environment . You'll find too that the children will be given journals. And they'll move in a natural progression from drawing pictures, to labeling the picture with a letter, to writing the word and then eventually to writing simple sentences. These basic reading, writing, and Math skills , that the children practice in kindergarten, sets them up for more complex learning, and complex instruction, as they continue through elementary school [MUSIC]
What Your Child Will Learn in First Grade
First grade is a huge learning year for your child. He will build on his reading, writing, and math skills, and playtime won't be as prevalent during this crucial school year.
to explore is measurement. But they will measure with things like blocks, paper clips , pencils. So they start to understand that objects can be measured. So later when they're given a ruler, that actually makes some
What Your Child Will Learn in Second Grade
Your child is ready for more complex learning in second grade. By the time the school year is finished, she will be able to write paragraphs, do 2-digit addition and subtraction, and learn how to tell time.
a middle, and an end. While they're writing you'll notice that they're still practicing their spelling, but they're starting to catch their errors, and fix their errors. So this showed that they have a strong understanding of letter recognition and letter sounds. In math they'll be given rulers, and they'll start to use rulers and tape measures to measure different objects in the classroom and really hone in on that understanding of the concept of measurement. They'll start to do more complex math with two, three and four digit numbers. The children will start to explore the concept of time beyond the hour, and start to explore both 15 and 30 minutes past the hour. When your children leave second grade, they will have a strong and complex repertoire of knowledge and skills, which will set them up for a higher order of thinking for the rest of elementary school . [MUSIC]
Back to School: Handling Worries
Heading back to school? Follow these four tips to help your child cope with school anxiety.
Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore. Here are 4 ways to help your child handle back to school worries. Help your child know what to expect. If he's going to a new school, try to visit before opening day. Find a photo of your child's teacher on the school website, so she'll already seem familiar when your child meets her. An annual back to school ritual like walking with a friend or getting a special treat after school can make the big day seem more predictable. Plan for difficult moments. If your child is worried about a particular
cope. If you're calm and optimistic that your child will manage the back to school transition, it makes it easier for him to be hopeful, too.
Back to School: Dealing With Meanness and Bullying
Kids can be bullies. Share these strategies to help your child deal with mean kids.
typical meanness. Avoid overreacting. Children who are picked on often have big emotional reactions . They cry, yell or hit, making them more of a target. Often, the best response to meanness is to shrug and walk
Back to School: How To Help Kids Make New Friends
Finding new friends can be scary. Try these ideas to help your child develop new friendships.
different kinds of friends. Your child may have a soccer friend, a bus stop friend and a friend who likes to sit and chat. And there's no reason to force someone to choose between friends. Instead,
Back to School: How to Help Kids Who Cry Easily
If you have a sensitive child, help curb the tears with these coping strategies.
Some children naturally have tender hearts and are prone to tears, but crying a lot in public isn't a good idea. I'm Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore and I've got some advice about how to help a child who is emotionally sensitive. Crying is usually a sign of feeling overwhelmed or helpless. So guide your child to find better coping strategies . Here are 3. Create a list of ways to relax. Your child could take slow deep breaths or imagine a happy scene, maybe cuddling with a pet or recalling a family vacation. He could think of song lyrics or count floor tiles to distract himself. Practice these strategies at home when he's feeling calm to prepare him for difficult moments in public. Plan for
cheerful and not giving up are 2 important ones. With some smart coping strategies , your child can get past the tendency to tear up easily. This will make her feel more capable and help her enjoy
Back to School: When Kids Argue With Other Kids
Does your kid always need to be right? Focus on these steps to help your kids argue less.
others. What can parents do to help? Teach your child to read body language . Is his friend upset or angry? Crying or shouting? Is he looking away silently with his arms crossed and his jaw tense? Then it's time to ease up. Suggest your child to ask questions. Simply saying, "What do you want to do?" or "What do you think?" can help your child understand her friend's wishes or concerns. Show your child how to compromise. If your child wants to play a game and his friend wants to shoot hoops outside, suggest they split their time between the 2 activities or find a third they'll both enjoy. Finally, encourage your child to