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8 ways to prepare your young child for school

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Preparing for kindergarten? Your child needs to be ready emotionally and physically, as well as academically.

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  • Routines, consistency important in preparing for preschool and kindergarten

    • Visit the school beforehand and meet the teacher. • Help your child learn how to find the classroom (and bathroom!). • Be aware that kindergarten is more academic these days.

  • Build your toddler’s foundation through reading

    • Reading with your child is a great way to show your love. • Singing songs and reciting nursery rhymes is another way to learn words. • The library offers free activities for all ages, such as play groups.

  • Ages 3-5: Running, jumping, balancing and speaking clearly — your child is getting ready for school!

    • Ninety percent of brain development occurs by age 5. • The earlier developmental delays are addressed, the better the outcome. • One in four U.S. children up to age 5 are at risk for developmental, behavioral or social delay.