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A school-ready child is a child who is prepared to learn successfully in school. This child shows growth over time in his physical, social and emotional, language, and cognitive development. He also shows increasing interests in new experiences and in mastering new skills.
- Getting “school-ready” starts long before the weeks or months prior to your child entering kindergarten
- By encouraging and supporting your child’s love of learning, you help him to be school-ready
- Your active involvement in your child’s learning makes an important contribution towards creating strong, positive home and school partnerships that will help him succeed in school.
Without adequate nurturing and support at home, he may face significant disadvantages when he starts formal schooling. These challenges may also affect him later in life. There are many ways you, as a parent, can positively support your child’s learning.
Raising A School-Ready Child: A Family Guide provides useful tips to help parents, family service providers and educators prepare youngsters for school success. The publication discusses the essential role that parents play in helping children develop the characteristics, positive behaviors and skills that are needed for success at school, home, work, and in life. These traits are associated with the General Learner Outcomes (GLOs) that serve as the basis for evaluating student performance at all grade levels, and in all academic disciplines in Hawai‘i ’s public schools. Raising A School-Ready Child describes the home-to-school learning continuum, with examples of everyday activities that parents can use to support their children’s early learning, and to promote school readiness.
To assist with the Kindergarten transition process, the Center on the Family has produced Getting Ready for Kindergarten, a locally-written children’s book about beginning kindergarten. In this beautifully illustrated book, Mary Ann and Eric Nemoto tell the story of Leilani, who is cared for by her grandmother, and Tino, who is in preschool, as they prepare for kindergarten. Getting Ready for Kindergarten shows parents and teachers working together to provide Leilani and Tino with a positive start to kindergarten.