There is some debate about mask-wearing throughout the country, but most medical professionals agree that it is a simple and effective way to minimize the transmission of airborne germs. The City of DeLand has mandated mask-wearing while out in public as have some entire states around the country. As an adult, you’ve noticed how strange wearing a mask in public can be. Your face may get warm, your voice is muffled, and you may feel a little bit claustrophobic, not to mention how difficult it is to read the expressions of people you come in contact with. Now imagine you’re a 6-year-old kindergarten student experiencing all the same sensations.
Are you running out of ways to keep your child entertained before kindergarten starts this fall? Many families have been home with their children for so many months in a row that they’ve run through all of their best ideas. As summer sets in, the state of Florida is oppressively hot which makes going outside a real drag unless you have a pool or access to the beach.
We are all spending a lot of time at home these days, but that doesn’t mean we have to stay inside. Your kindergarten child is likely already showing serious signs of cabin fever, as are the rest of us. So the types of activities you engage in during the day can relieve the stresses of the whole family spending your days and nights in such tight quarters. There’s one childhood activity that has the potential to be fun, active, and outdoors.
For most parents, there is a moment of reckoning when you retrieve your sick child from school for the first time. It’s amazing how quickly they get sick and then, in turn, get your whole family sick. This occurs first in kindergarten when your children come into very close contact with a wide variety of other children and none of them have the same immunity to illness as adults. So how do you cope with the risk of sending your kids away to school and getting them back sick?
Have you ever walked into a drab and lifeless kindergarten classroom? Probably not. Almost by definition, they are creative and exciting learning environments. The best classrooms make children feel excited about participating and promote collaborative learning. But what exactly is it about these classrooms that children seem to love and thrive in?
Sending your first child off to school is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. You may feel pressure to have your child fully prepared for school and to keep up with the other children his or her age. And while you can certainly prepare your children for some aspects of kindergarten, there are some things you’ll need to let go of in order to maintain your sanity.
No matter how many children you have, sending them off to their first day of kindergarten is a big deal! It’s the first day of many years to come in the education system. Once you’ve been through the system for a while it probably seems crystal clear, but with child number one you’re left with a lot of questions.
You've worked hard to raise a good young boy or girl. They seem smart to you, but how do you know whether they're really prepared for school? Research shows that of all students assessed in the state of Florida roughly 50% of them passed a kindergarten readiness test. While that number seems extremely low, it raises the question that many of our incoming kindergarten parents ask. What do we need to do to prepare our children for their kindergarten education?
You send your children off to their first year of kindergarten with a lot of hopes and dreams for where high-quality education will take them. It's hard to imagine at that age what kind of careers and hobbies they will eventually have, but you have the sense that this is the first in a lot of exciting big steps for your child’s education. But, it’s easy for parents to discount the importance of kindergarten. While it may look like they’re learning simple skills, so far from the more complex lessons to come, the classroom exercises they begin mastering in kindergarten are the building blocks for the rest of their academic lives.
Sending your kids to kindergarten can be scary. For many, this is the first time your child will be away from you for long periods of the day. In addition, the child has to be armed with some basic knowledge; every state, including Florida, has standards children must meet before starting school. These four parenting tips can help you prepare both your children and yourself, mentally and emotionally.