Ways You Can Help At Home

* Give your child duties around the house to develop self-confidence and responsibility. Let them share in family conversations and activities.

* Be sure your child listens to others and follows simple directions, one
at a time.

* Demonstrate and teach your child to help others including brothers,
sisters, and pets.

* Supervise viewing of T.V. programs. So many are not suitable for
children. Limit the amount of T.V. !! 30 minutes per day is a good average for children in Kindergarten.

* Talk positively about school. The way your child perceives your
feelings about his/her school and teacher will have a direct effect
on how he/she feels about his/her school and teacher.

* Teach your child to be independent about appropriate toilet habits.

* Teach your child his/her full name, parent's names, address, and
phone number.

* Establish a regular pattern for sleep (10 hours). Attending school is
physically exhausting for most children. The first few weeks of school
put your child to bed a little earlier.

* Make sure labels are on all personal belongings, with both first and
last names (jackets, sweaters, shoes, mittens, books, book bags, and
show and tell items.)

* Reserve a little time after school each day to talk about your child's
day. Use the kindergarten calendar and weekly notes as a base to ask
appropriate questions. Please offer encouragement and praise.
Remember, a good parent is the child's first and most important teacher.

* Encourage your child to look forward to Kindergarten as a happy,
friendly place. If your child expresses concern about something which
you feel needs more explanation, please call me. Communication and
cooperation between parents and teachers is essential to promoting a
good learning environment.

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