Education

 

My Social and Emotional Skills
How I Learn
Using Words and Numbers
Support My Family, Culture, and Language
Keep Me Safe and Healthy
Communication Among the Grown-ups in My Life

My Social and Emotional Skills

"I need to feel excited and comfortable about starting kindergarten."

You can:

  • Let me know you're excited about me starting kindergarten.
  • Give me a chance to visit my school before I start.
  • Listen to my thoughts and ideas about school.
  • Play a game with me to pretend I'm in school already.

"I need to know what kindergarten will be like."

You can:

  • Teach me to follow directions by giving me simple steps.
  • Help me learn how to share with other children, stand in line, wait my turn, and sit in a circle.

"I need to feel good about myself."

You can:

  • Pay attention to me and listen to my ideas.
  • Help me feel good about all the things I can do.
  • Praise me for my strengths.
  • Be patient and let me develop at my own pace.
  • Teach me that all my feelings are okay, but not all my actions are okay.

"Teach me ways to calm myself down when I get frustrated. I need to get along with others."

You can:

  • Show me ways to make new friends.
  • Help me understand how I can be friends with children who are different from me.
  • Teach me what to do when someone hurts my feelings.

"I need to know how to talk with others and to listen."

You can:

  • Talk with me about things I'm interested in.
  • Teach me how to know when it's my turn to speak and when I need to listen.
  • Teach me words to describe my feelings and needs, and when to use them

"I need to be familiar with words and books."

You can:

  • Teach me new words.
  • Show me words and symbols in my language and the sounds they make.
  • Read to me.
  • Take me to the library.
  • Bring me books and magazines.
  • Ask me questions about stories to help me understand their meaning.
  • Sing songs and teach me rhymes.

"I need to know shapes, sizes and colors."

You can:

  • Give me things to sort by shape, size and color.
  • Help me find and name shapes and colors all around me.

"I need to learn to count and understand that numbers have meaning."

You can:

  • Help me play counting games.
  • Let me count things at home and in my community.
  • Show me how numbers are used around me.
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How I Learn

"I need to be excited about learning."

You can:

  • Encourage me to explore with my senses - to see, touch, smell, hear and taste my world.
  • Give me fun, exciting choices.
  • Give me lots of time to figure things out.

"I need to learn to try things and keep trying even when it seems hard."

You can:

  • Give me activities that hold my interest.
  • Help me explore and try new activities.
  • Help me learn step by step.
  • Teach me that making mistakes is a part of learning.
  • Show me different ways to understand my world.

"I need many ways to express myself."

You can:

  • Help me dance, sing, whistle, play instruments, paint, draw, color, build, invent and make believe.
  • Help me care about others and help them, too.
  • Help me notice and talk about flowers, trees, animals, clouds, sky and water.

"I need to feel good about my family and culture, and to learn about other cultures."

You can:

  • Show me books and pictures of people who look like me.
  • Show me books and pictures of people from other cultures.
  • Sing songs and tell me stories from my culture and from other cultures.
  • Use the language(s) I know to help me understand and learn.
  • Take me to places that teach me about my culture and other cultures.
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Social Skills

Using Words and Numbers

"I need to be familiar with words and books."

You can:

  • Teach me new words.
  • Show me words and symbols in my language and the sounds they make.
  • Read to me.
  • Take me to the library.
  • Bring me books and magazines.
  • Ask me questions about stories to help me understand their meaning.
  • Sing songs and teach me rhymes.

"I need to know shapes, sizes and colors."

You can:

  • Give me things to sort by shape, size and color.
  • Help me find and name shapes and colors all around me.

"I need to learn to count and understand that numbers have meaning."

You can:

  • Help me play counting games.
  • Let me count things at home and in my community.
  • Show me how numbers are used around me.
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Social Skills

Support My Family, Culture and Language

"I need my school to welcome my family."

You can:

  • Put up welcoming signs in the language I speak at home.
  • Learn about my community and culture before I arrive.
  • Let my family know who to go to if we have ideas, questions or concerns.
  • Invite us to participate in the school, classroom and Parent Teacher Association.

"My family and I want all the grown-ups at my school to know and respect my culture, my learning style and my family's needs."

You can:

  • Understand that school may be my first introduction to cultures and languages other than my own.
  • Let me know if my classroom teacher and others at school can speak my home language.
  • Invite my family and me to share information with my teacher and classmates about my family or culture.
  • Support my family culture by putting me in a class with other children who share my home language and culture.
  • Let me know that speaking my language strengthens all my language skills.
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Social Skills

Keep Me Safe and Healthy

"I need to be safe and feel safe."

You can:

  • Help me practice saying my name, address and phone number in my home language and in English.
  • Teach me about watching for cars and not talking to strangers.
  • Teach me who to ask for help when I need it.

"I need to have bathroom and self-help skills."

You can:

  • Teach me the words to tell other grown-ups when I need to go to the bathroom, or am feeling sick or hurt.
  • Help me practice going to the bathroom, washing my hands, dressing, and tying my shoes.
  • Encourage me to try things I've learned before I ask my teacher for help.

"I need to be able to use my hands and fingers to do small tasks."

You can:

  • Help me learn to pick up, hold and use pencils, crayons, markers, paintbrushes and scissors.
  • Help me make things with blocks, paper, cardboard and tape.

"I need to be able to use my arms, legs and body to make big movements."

You can:

  • Encourage me to run, jump, climb, dance and move to music, as I am able.
  • Give me time each day to play outdoors.

"I need to have my basic needs met before I come to school each day."

You can:

  • Make sure I am fed, rested and dressed for the weather.
  • Find out who can help my family with getting what I need to be ready for school.
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Social Skills

Communication Among the Grown-ups in My Life

"My school experience will be best if my early childhood educators, kindergarten teachers, school staff, parents and family members work together to help me learn."

You can:

  • Share with each other what I know and what I can do.
  • Share things happening in my life that might affect how I feel and act.
  • Find out about any special needs I have.
  • Let my family know about their legal rights in the school.
  • Let my family know about school and community services we might need.
  • Volunteer at school.

"I need my family to know what is happening at my school, what I am learning and what I am expected to know."

You can:

  • Provide school information in my home language.
  • Find a trained interpreter if my family needs one when meeting with my teacher.
  • Use lots of ways to tell my family what we need to know about starting school and what's happening in school.

 

Content provided courtesy of Project Lift-Off's Getting School Ready Project

 


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