ABC's of Kindergarten

 ABC Blocks    

A – Attendance
·          Attending school regularly is important to school success
·          Arrange for make-up work during extended absences.
·          Communicate with the school whenever your child is not in attendance.
B – Books
·          Have books and an assortment of printed materials available in the home.
·          Give books as gifts
C – Communicate
·          Communication between the home and school has a positive effect on a child’s achievement
·          Participate in parent-teacher conferences
·          Communicate to the teacher any major changes in your child’s life. Keep informed by reading communications sent home by the school.
D – Discussions
·          Discussions with you and others can extend your child’s vocabulary.
·          Discuss books, daily events, hobbies, games, news, family and school field trips
E – Encouragement
·          Encourage a wide range of reading materials, such as labels, game instruction, street signs
·          Encourage good speech habits by helping your child use the correct words and phrases and learn new ones
·          Encourage good study habits
F – Family
·          Family activities such as outing, projects, meal times, and visits are important
G – Games
·          Encourage cooperative play
·          Provide quality family time
H – Homework
·          Provide a quiet and well lighted work area
·          Designate a specific time
·          Provide supervision and support as needed
I – Interest
·          Support your child’s interests
·          Talk with your child about his/her day
J – Join
·          Join the PTO, PTA, parent groups, and use the free public library
K – Kids are important!
·          Know your kid
·          Organize a daily schedule with your child
·          Provide the structure that children need from adults
L – Listen and Learn
·          Listen to what your child is saying and trying to say
·          Listen to your child read, not as a reading lesson, but simply for the fun of it
M – Motivation
·          Motivate your child to become more independent in his/her homework
·          Allow your child to participate in after school activities with friends such as PTA Fun Night, Super Saturday, etc.
N – Nutrition
·          Start your child’s day with a nutritional breakfast
O – Opportunities
·          Provide opportunities for exploring, independent reading, social interaction, cooperative activities, listening and talking
P – Praise and Emphasize the Positive
·          Use sincere compliments
·          Say: You are getting this done in record time! I admire you. This is really hard, but you are getting this. You did it!
Q – Quiet time can be used for
·          Reading, homework, studying, writing
R – Respect
·          Respect your child and teach him/her to respect others
·          Respect school property
S – Studying
·          Find the best time for studying
·          Keep study materials together
T – TV
·          Monitor your child’s TV time
·          Help your child develop good television habits
·          Select worthwhile programs to watch and discuss with your child.
U – Unique
·          Discover that each child has his/her own uniqueness
V – Value Education
·          Education is a stepping stone to the future
W – Watchful
·          Keep a watchful eye on how your child is doing daily
X – Xtras
·          Xtras aren’t a good replacement for your time with your child
Y – You
·          You are important to your child!
Z – Zoo
·          Zoos, museums, exhibits are neat places to visit with your child