How to Prepare Your Kids for Starting a New Grade Level

Let’s face it: moving from kindergarten to first grade can be an overwhelming experience; so can transitioning from elementary school to middle school, or middle school to high school. In many ways, kids can be totally unprepared for what to expect as they move from one grade level to the next. So how can parents help with this transition?

Pay a Visit
Before the end of the school year or possibly before school starts the following year, take your child to his or her new classroom. If possible, do it at the end of the school year and again a few days before school starts. Getting them familiar with the new classroom might ease your child’s apprehension as they enter a new grade level.

Meet and Greet
Meet with your child’s new teacher before the school year begins. Have your child ask questions. Find out what is expected of your child in their new grade. If it’s not possible to meet with your child’s new teacher, arrange a meeting with your child’s current teacher to ask about expectations for the next grade level.

Make Friends
Find out if any children near you are moving to the same grade level. If so, get in touch with the parents and arrange for the children to get together over the summer. Seeing a familiar face or two in a new grade can certainly help with the transition process.

If changing grade levels also includes moving to a new school, such as from middle school to high school, make it a point to attend an orientation. This will give your child a chance to tour their new academic setting and meet other kids going into the same grade. If your child’s school has a website and you cannot attend an orientation, take a virtual tour of the school if the website offers such an option.

Face the Big Issues
Ask your child what worries him or her the most about moving to the next grade level and ease that fear first. For example, if it’s that the work might be too hard, try to get some samples of the work for that grade and spend some time preparing your child to meet these academic expectations.

Ease into a New Schedule
Don’t wait for the first morning of school to get your child up and off early. Start about a week before school to set an alarm to get your child up earlier. Organize what your child will need a few days before school begins. Being organized and prepared can help to remove some of the anxiety your child might be feeling.

Positive Thinking
Even if you are feeling some anxiety yourself, do your best not to convey this to your child. Bring up only positive aspects about their promotion to the next grade level and don’t let them focus on negatives or potential problems.

Could Kindles Affect Kids’ Ability to Learn to Read?

Do you have a preschool child discovering the world of reading? If so, you might think twice before handing over a Kindle, Nook or other electronic reader. Despite the growing popularity of these devices, it seems technology might take a back seat when it comes to beginning readers. While it may ultimately come down to personal preference, it’s likely worth hearing what some experts have to say.

Nothing Like a Real BookFrom researchers to bookstore owners, it seems that in many cases real books are the clear winner over their electronic counterparts when it comes to beginning readers.

Carl D. Howe, a research director for a Boston market research firm called Yankee Group, says that children should be exposed to reading initially through ‘real books’, though he does not discount the value of ebooks later.

Children’s Bookstore owner JoAnn Fruchtman echoes, ‘I strongly believe that children should have real books.’ Fruchtman cites sensory stimulation as an advantage that real books have over Kindles and other e-readers, claiming the feel and even smell of a book can all play a part when a child starts to read.

And even some parents, Kindle readers themselves, note the benefits of real books for those just discovering reading. Kelly Emerson, a mother of three, recently told The Baltimore Sun that real books could give her children more of a feeling of a beginning, middle and end.

‘I want their first experience of books to be books,’ she said.

Not for Beginners?The American Academy of Pediatrics advocates unstructured play time over ebook reading. The academy states that extensive use of such devices could actually cause a delay in language development once users start school.

Maryanne Wolf, a Tufts University professor and founder of the school’s Center for Reading and Language Research, says that reading on electronic devices might stifle the development of what she calls ‘deep reading processes’.

Essentially, Wolf feels that ebooks and other electronic media engage children, but at a ‘superficial’ level. She fears that ebook reading does not allow children to ‘go beyond what is read to his or her own thoughts’ and use their imaginations.

In addition, some say that ebooks are simply geared for older children and established readers. Jeremy Brueck, a noted researcher in children’s digital reading, told School Library Journal in June 2011 that ‘good ebooks for the purposes of literacy instruction for young children are hard to find.’

On the Other Hand…
The argument is made, however, that Kindles and other e-readers provide access to books for children that they might not otherwise have had.

And while the engagement might be superficial, as Professor Wolf notes, it’s still engagement. Some children, who have likely been exposed to other electronic media, simply might not be stimulated by a real book but will respond to pictures and words on a screen.

In the end, it could come down to this: ebooks are better than nothing at all. As kindergarten teacher Deborah Hughey told The Baltimore Sun in January 2012: ‘I would say it doesn’t matter what you read, just practice.’

It also comes down, of course, to parental judgment. If mom and dad decide to let their child learn to read on a Kindle despite professional opinions urging otherwise then at least, as Ms. Hughey would agree, they’ll be reading.

Elementary Math Activities-Learning Games For Kids



Math%20Print%20and%20Play%20Games%20SheetsElementary math activities and the levels of young children’s mathematics knowledge are receiving increased attention from educators, researchers, and policy makers. One concern motivating the development of early childhood education policy and funding is that American children’s performance on mathematics assessments is weaker than that of children in a number of other developed countries and below what experts deem proficient. For example, results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress(2011) indicate that 82% of fourth graders score at or above the “basic” category, 40% are “proficient,” and only 7% are “advanced.”

Children’s mathematics achievement trajectories are established in the early primary grades, and children who begin elementary school behind their peers in mathematics tend to fall further behind over time. Recognizing the importance of math in early childhood, a number of
national organizations have made clear recommendations about the need for better mathematics education for young children. In 2002, a joint statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommended that early childhood programs include a challenging, research-based,
developmentally appropriate mathematics curriculum that will support effective mathematics learning (NAEYC & NCTM, 2002). A report from the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics (NRC-CECM) has expanded upon these recommendations,focusing on learning, teaching, teacher education, and curriculum .

The report points to the need for high-quality early mathematics instruction and improved teacher preparation and training in order to provide all children with the mathematical foundation necessary for academic success in elementary school and beyond. In spite of this increased focus on the importance of early childhood mathematics education,teachers often provide little math teaching for all children at the preschool and kindergarten levels (Ginsburg, Lee, & Boyd, 2008) and the teaching that does take place is of poor quality, leading Pianta and LaParo to characterize early education environments as “socially positive but instructionally passive” (Pianta & La Paro, 2003, p. 28). Yet there is a renewed emphasis on mathematics in the early grades with the release of the Common Core mathematics standards, which start in the kindergarten year (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, 2010).

To most effectively develop more comprehensive and abstract thinking about mathematics, children often need more than their natural, spontaneous learning. Instead, they need experiences that expose them to elementary math activities in a progressive and developmental fashion.

The focus is now on parents to take an active role in theirs childrens math education role starting at elementary level to prevent the child from having difficulty grasping simple concepts later. From an early age, parents should engange their children in kids math games for development of simple concepts. Math must be introduced as a fun activity and engage kids to develop their concentration. This activity needs to be homeschooled to make the child comfortable with his or her environment. Making Math More Fun provides the solution to parents and teachers in getting the young ones to enjoy this subject matter.

Kids Math Games – Developing Childrens Math Skills !


Kids math games gives you 4 books jam packed full of kids math games and fun math activities to make math exciting and easy to learn. Imagine being able to get kids so engaged with math that they don’t even want to stop even when you ask them to. Wouldn’t that be great?

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Finding quality, kids math games isn’t easy. But now you can have all of the kids’ math games that you need. Printable Math Board Games, Math Card Games, Math Print and Play Games Sheets and load and loads of Math Games Ideas including math fact games for kids and hands on math games.

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 The foundation for children’s mathematical development is established in the earliest years. Mathematics learning builds on the curiosity and enthusiasm of children and grows naturally from their experiences. Mathematics at this age, if appropriately connected to a child’s world, is more than “getting ready” for school or accelerating them into elementary arithmetic. Appropriate mathematical experiences challenge young children to explore ideas related to patterns, shapes, numbers, and space with increasing sophistication



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