- Read everyday! Talk about the words in books, ask your child to predict what will happen next in the stories, and ask your child to make up their own stories.
- Create opportunities to talk about how your child is feeling about starting school by going on a walk or somewhere were there won’t be any distractions.
- Help build excitement around their first day of school by picking out a backpack, lunch box, or other school supplies.
- Encourage independence and responsibility by having your child do daily tasks and help with household chores like helping put away laundry.
- Help your child label their emotions and talk about appropriate ways to express those emotions. For example, “I see that you are feeling frustrated right now…”
- Explore places and your surroundings and talk about what you see, hear and do. Play the alphabet game while driving in the car.
- Encourage drawing and “writing” by providing paper, pencils, markers and crayons.
- Point out words and numbers in everyday activities.
- Make things together using different materials, even recycled items you already have like paper towel tubes or egg cartons.
- Play guessing games, like I spy, with your child.
- Encourage pretend play, especially with other children.
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Faiza Serang is Day Early Learning’s Family Engagement Specialist. In this role, Faiza develops and implements family engagement strategies that focus on promoting kindergarten readiness for students and families. She also supports Day Early Learning Center teachers and staff on family engagement best practices.