Here are some resources that I thought might be helpful for you to hand out to parents especially at the beginning of the year when they have a lot of questions. I would suggest NOT giving these all out at one time, but I find them really useful and I think your parents will too.
10 Ways to Help Your Child Do Well in School
(From Miss Cobb's Class Parent Info page)
- Show you care. Your
child needs hugs and words of support. Ask your child about school
- READ, READ, READ! Read
with your child, or have him/her read to you every day. Make it fun
and talk about what you've read.
- Make home a place for
learning. Help your child practice reading, writing, math, and science
skills. Stimulate your child's creativity!
- Promote healthy
habits. Make sure that your child gets plenty of sleep and exercise
and eats healthy well balanced meals. Schedule regular check-ups.
- Be a role model. Your
child learns from you. Be positive about education and show you
independence. Allow your child to make mistakes and learn to accept
their consequences. Give your child responsibilities, such as
- Create a study
routine. Set a time and a quiet place for your child to work every
day. Do homework activities together.
- Get involved. Attend
school events and help out at school if you can.
- Build success. Help
raise your child's self esteem by setting reachable goals and praising
your child's efforts, not just results.
- Make school important. Insist on good attendance and punctuality.
I soooo love this one because is all the things we do as preschool teachers, but are sometimes hard for us to explain to parents. This list is pretty much all the things that provide a good foundation for children to learn and be productive not just now, but for the rest of their lives.
20 Tips for Parents from Preschool Teachers
Five teachers with a combined 90 years of experience share tips for parents of 2- to 5- year olds.
Preparing for Preschool Math
In preschool, math is an everyday experience for your child — find out how the teachers help children understand preschool math concepts.
Preschoolers do math even though they are not sitting at desks with workbooks or memorizing multiplication tables. Preschool math helps them make sense of the world around them and teaches them to reason and problem-solve. Teachers of preschool math build on children's prior knowledge and capitalize on their spontaneous discoveries to further their understanding of mathematical concepts.
The NAEYC and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics have outlined the following as particularly important parts of preschool math learning:
- Numbers: In preschool math, children learn about numbers by counting objects and discussing the results. "You gave Chris six goldfish crackers. How many does Susie need?" Children count spaces on board games. They count the days until their birthdays. The teacher might say, "Yesterday there were 12 days until your birthday. How many days are there now?" Preschoolers read counting books and recite nursery rhymes with numbers.
- Geometry and spatial relations: Children practice constructing shapes and discussing their properties. They see skinny triangles and fat triangles and upside-down triangles and gradually realize that they are all still triangles.
- Measurement: Children compare the height of a block tower with the height of a desk or table. They measure each other and the distance from the kitchen corner to the water table. They learn that this block is too short to make a bridge over the road. Preschool math teachers reinforce children's findings by asking questions and making observations: "I wonder if this block is long enough to bridge the road. Let's try it."
- Patterns/geometry: Children become aware of patterns in their clothes. They learn to recognize patterns of different colors and sizes in beads and blocks. They practice reproducing simple patterns by stringing beads and copying designs with colored blocks.
- Analyzing data: Children sort objects by color, size, and shape, count them, and record the data on graphs and charts. These charts might reflect the class pet's growth, the number of rainy days in February, how many bean plants have sprouted, or the number of children with a birthday in March.