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CSP Spotlight: Positive Parenting and School Readiness

18 Oct 2016 Staff

Here are some simple tips to help parents prepare their child for a positive experience in kindergarten and later life.

  • Model reading habits that you want your child to have.  Sit down and read a book with your child!
  • Give your child positive feedback on a regular basis.  Give children genuine praise and not just empty words.  Appreciate their effort as well as the results. 
  •  Appreciate your child’s good qualities!  Be sure to tell them they are special!!
  •  Give your child your time and attention. Children who feel loved and appreciated at home are not likely to act out at school.
  •  Teach your child how to show respect to others. Lead by example.
  •  Allow your child to take responsibility for their own actions including their mistakes.  Be sure your expectations match what is developmentally age appropriate for that child. 
  •  Keep in communication with your child's teacher. Visit the classroom.  Communicate about good things as well as problems.  Remember...this is a partnership!
  •   Success in school depends on getting plenty of sleep.  Set a regular bedtime routine and stick to it!
  •  Help your child with their daily home learning activities.  Get into the habit of studying a little bit every night. 
  •  Talk to your child; involve them in conversations about the world around them.  Ask your child lots of questions and allow them to think of solutions to those questions.
  •  Make time for unstructured, free play.  Let your child be creative and explore their world through play. 
  •  Celebrate every accomplishment!

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Child Care Partnership, and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.  Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.   

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