School and Education
Choosing the Right Preschool
When it comes to choosing the right preschool, it is important to do your research. The right school will set your kid up for success and keep her safe and happy.
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]
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
Why Preschool Matters
Preschool can help children develop intellectually and socially, and gives them an advantage over other kids when kindergarten starts. Learn more about the advantages of sending your little one to school early.
turns, to have conversations. All of these experiences set them up, with social skills that they're going to use for the rest of their lives. And the time that they get to practice all of these social skills , is in free play, exploration, and creative play. It gives children an opportunity to manipulate materials that they might not have at home, to practice different motor skills , different language skills. They get to hear conversations and hear words, and vocabulary from other children that they might not know, and
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 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
How to Prepare Your Child For Preschool
The first day of preschool can be overwhelming. Make the transition to school easier by working on your munchkin's social and learning skills before he sets foot in the classroom.
to your children. You should give children opportunities to explore books, to read books with you, to listen to you read, and to just sit and have time to flip through them, and learn what a book looks like. Before children go to bed, is nice time to read them a story, and then to have them help you to read a book, by looking at the pictures, listening to your words, and repeating it back. Giving children shared book experiences at home, sets them up for preschool, where the children are read to on a daily basis. They're read to in large group, there's typically a center that they can read books on their own, and then they can sit with the teacher and have a one-on-one book experience. So, with the reading and
How to Choose a Backpack
Cute and trendy backpacks for school are great, but your child's bag should be practical as well. Here's what to consider when buying a backpack.
backpacks, for the pre-K set, fit their little bodies. As kids enter elementary school , they'll want the next size up and bigger kids with more homework, need bigger backpacks. Just make sure you pick one that's lightweight, so your child is only carrying the weight of the books. Although it seems like a cute idea, don't get your child's name monogrammed on. It's actually considered a safety hazard to have his or her name so visible to strangers. Although initials, like this, are fine. Write your child's name on the inside of the bag along with your cell phone number in case the bag gets lost. If your child has an early morning or evening walk, consider a backpack with reflective
How to Choose an Electronic Educational Toy
Learning outside of the classroom can be a ton of fun, and technology has given parents a new set of options. Choose the best, age-appropriate electronic toys for your child to keep her entertained and engaged.
our world can be verbally identified. You can make an iPad or Android tablet better for hands-on learning with toys that bring games into three dimensions. These reinforce motor skills and spatial thinking along with the learning. Some kid tablets include cameras and special effect apps for added creativity. Look for one
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.
[MUSIC] When choosing a lunch box , look for a structured one so that fruit and sandwiches don't get squished. Some have built-in insulation in which you might wanna consider if your child wants their lunch to stay particularly warm or cold. There are some that mimic brown bags in their shape. These take up less space and can be a good choice if your preschooler only needs to take a