Parent U
  • Parent University- Early Learning Module- is an opportunity to learn more about your child's development (ages 3-5)

    -- discover activities to do at home that support this development

    --use these skills to foster kinder-readiness

    --ask questions of preschool, TK, and Kinder professionals!

    Social-Emotional Development

    Posted by Lauren Handley

    Did you know:

    When children have a warm and secure relationship with their early teachers, and feel accepted, safe, and secure at school, they are more likely to:

    • Feel free to explore materials and learn from activities presented
    • Get along better with other children in their current year and for years to come
    • Enhance their emotional well-being which can lead to greater success in preschool, kindergarten, and future schooling


    Did you know:

    • The quality of peer relationships in early childhood predicts later success in intellectual growth, self-esteem, mental health and school performance?
    • That children must LEARN to understand the perspective of others. This skill helps children to get along with others.
    • Learning to label emotions is a basis to understanding them in ourselves and others. Children need a word for an emotion in order to bring it under conscious control.


     Language & Literacy Development

    Did you know:

    • Reading out loud is one of the single most important activity that you can do with your child
    • Every time we read to a child, we're sending a 'pleasure' message to the child's brain? In doing so, we are conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure.
    • This reading "conditioning" is critical when competition for a child's attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked.

    (Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, "The Read-Aloud Handbook”)

    Did you know:

    • The number of words a child knows on entering kindergarten is a KEY predictor of future success??
    • YOUR EXAMPLE demonstrates that reading is important, pleasurable, and valued?
    • Reading aloud builds literacy skills: Vocabulary, phonics, familiarity with printed word,

               storytelling, phonemic awareness, comprehension

     + Reading is one of the most complex human activities, & uses many parts of the brain.+

    (Dr. Hutton , www.readaloud.org_)

    Math Development

    Did you know:

    • Research suggests early math skills are a better predictor of academic success than earlyreading skills?
    • The more math-oriented activities kids do before kindergarten, the better they’ll understand math in school? Early math skills foretell higher aptitude in high school math and higher rates of college enrollment.
    • One way to build on kids’ innate math abilities is to focus on helping them count in contexts that are meaningful to them?
    • Exposing preschoolers to geometrical shapes including circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles helps them build a skill called visual literacy? Researchers Clements and Sarama discovered in one study that kids who learned shapes and spatial skills also showed pronounced benefits in math and writing readiness and even increased their IQ scores.
    • Boosting spatial skills via block play has been proven beneficial in many studies? For example, the complexity of a child’s LEGO play during the preschool years is correlated with higher math achievement in high school.

    (Taken from: Why Early Math is Just as Important as Early Literacy, 2017, Hank Pellissier)

    Science Development

    Did you know:

    • The National Association for Education of Young Children notes that young children are building scientific inquiry skills when they sort, compare, describe, and put things in order?
    • Successful STEM Education notes that, “Studies have identified the elementary years as the period when students form their interests in STEM identities and careers—much earlier than many people probably believe to be the case?”
    • Early-childhood education is a perfect time to introduce future generations to the joys of scientific discovery? Young children are already hands-on learners and primed for learning--they are full of curiosity and aren’t afraid to ask questions
    • Science builds life skills? --“Science involves a lot of talking and listening to others; it develops patience, too – a lot of the time in science things don't happen overnight.” As those in scientific fields know, scientific inquiry requires communication, perseverance, organization, and attention to detail.

    (Taken from:  Why Attracting Young Children to Science is Important, 2016, New Scientist)