Spring 2016 – Best Beginnings – Key to young child’s success: YOU

With spring on the horizon, it’s none too early to think about Kindergarten. Even if your child won’t be starting school for another year or two or three, now is the time to start preparing your child.

All parents want what’s best for their children. That’s a given. But with all we hear these days about early literacy and preparing children to succeed in school, it’s no wonder that many parents have questions. Are they doing the right things? Will their children be ready for school?

Margaret David prepares her daughter for Kindergarten with education fun and play. Photo courtesy of Best Beginnings

Margaret David prepares her daughter for Kindergarten with education fun and play. Photo courtesy of Best Beginnings

Here at Best Beginnings, we work to ensure that when children start kindergarten, they have everything they need to succeed in school. When children start kindergarten well prepared, with strong family, cultural, and community connections, they have a much better chance to do well in school. And success in school leads to success in life.

Family CoverWe know – and the science bears it out – the most important thing parents can do with their young children is to engage with them. That means read, talk, sing, and play, every day.

Whether you’re at the store shopping for groceries or engaging in subsistence activities, talk with your child. Talk about the colors and names of food. Explain what you are doing as you prepare fish or game. Ask questions. It doesn’t matter that she doesn’t yet understand your words. By hearing the words and seeing how they correspond to the world, your baby is building millions of brain connections. The more, the better, because these brain connections lay a sturdy foundation for everything to come.

The more you read, talk, sing, and play, the more your child will learn. Some parents report feeling a little silly sometimes, but any new habit takes practice. To see what all this engagement looks like, please visit our website at www.bestbeginningsalaska.org for lots of ideas about helping your young child thrive.

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