Preparing Your Child for School
By Nikki Willhite
How do we
help our children get ready to learn in school? As you know, our
childrenís education begins at
home. There are many inexpensive and easy things to do at home,
that will help make learning
fun. This will help them look forward to school.
Here are some of the things you can do:
*Let your children see you read, and read to them, and
*Visit the library. Keep childrenís books and
magazines around the house.
*Keep pencils and paper, crayons, and washable markers
handy. Use them yourself for notes and grocery lists.
When they see you do it, they will want to try also.
*Teach children to do things for themselves rather
than doing things for them. Itís a lot quicker if you do it, but your
children won't develop the self confidence that comes from doing it
*Set limits on TV viewing. This will encourage other
activities. When you do watch television, make sure it is quality
programming, and discuss it together.
*Praise your child whenever your can. Be sincere. Help
them develop their self esteem whenever possible.
Giving your child the love and attention they need from you will
give them a greater sense of security and self-worth. This will help them as they
face many new challenges when they start school and other activities.