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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
The bar for kindergarten achievement continues to be raised. Today, it is essentially at the level of first-grade achievement from 20 years ago. Additionally, each school follows a unique curriculum or approach and teachers have their own expectations of their students. It can be daunting for a parent to know and understand how to prepare their child for success.
Pre-K Success Products teach essential preschool and kindergarten readiness skills. The products and information helps guide and strengthen targeted developmental skills to ensure children have the greatest opportunity to excel and be successful in kindergarten and later grades.
Here is basic information parents and caregivers need to know. Kindergarten readiness skills can be broken down into three broad areas that include:
- Math and reading skills
- Motor skills
- Social and emotional skills
Math and Reading
Early reading programs teach necessary kindergarten readiness skills necessary for reading success. Three progressive reading programs are offered for literacy development. Level 1 is offered for the beginner, emergent reader, and levels 2 and 3 are for the more proficient early readers.
The stories in the reading programs are fun, easy to follow and colorfully illustrated. All of the story books teach the following skills: beginning sight words, new vocabulary words, word recognition letter recognition, beginning sounds, letter-sound association problem solving rhyming, vocabulary building and comprehension.
Also available are four early MathStart book bundles. MathStart picture books address the educational goals of multiple Standards developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). After hearing and viewing these math pictures books, your child will have a beginning understanding of the math skills and concepts described in the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten.
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Social and Emotional Skills
Developing self-control, following directions, and successfully interacting with peers are necessary for children to succeed in kindergarten. Building confidence in children is imperative. The Pre-K Success products aid in developing positive self confidence through accomplishment.
Recommended product includes: Following Directions - A Get Ready Book
Motor skills are motions carried out when the brain, nervous system and muscles work together. Repetition and practice is important in developing strong motor skills. Before a child can write, he or she must develop fine motor skills necessary to use the wrists, fingers and hands properly and effectively.
Large motor skills are developed in children beginning in infancy. They require the use of the large muscles generally found in the arms, legs, back, abdomen, and torso. Large motor skills are deliberate and controlled movements requiring whole body movement related to the skills of sitting, crawling, walking, running, jumping, hopping and skipping.
Recommended products include: Fine Motor Skills Kit, and the Large Motor Skills Kit.