The Utah Education Network partnered with Utah Association for the Education of Young Children for an appearance on ABC4’s Good Things Utah
Lisa Cohne, Program Manager at UEN, and Katie Ricord, Executive Director of UAEYC, examine what you can do today to get preschoolers ready for school.
Ricord suggested the following:
- Establish a simple and predictable daily routine. Classrooms have routines, and if a child is familiar with a routine at home, then learning one that needs to be followed at school will be less stressful and chaotic for your child, their teacher and classmates. The routine will increase their enjoyment of a classroom environment.
- Allow your child opportunities to experience success and failure. Helping them have confidence in themselves increaes their ability to get the help they need, as well as confidence that will allow them to be successful.
- Allow time for simple educational activities that you complete with your child. Talk-sing-read-write-play with them daily. Engage in activites in the car, at the kitchen table, walking to the park, during bathtime or getting dressed.
Start early! You can start at birth (or prenatally). Start today wherever you and your child are at.
Cohne described many of the resources on the Preschool Pioneer site:
- The site follows Best Practices for using technology outlined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
- Free online resource for every Utah family
- Everything vetted and high quality
- Interactive learning games
- Site can be accessed in English or Spanish
- Activity Calendars for Parents and Caregivers to have focused learning moments everyday
- Over 300 educational early childhood videos in the Preschool Pioneer Library video resource called PreMedia
- Events page for free early childhood activities statewide
- Parent and Caregiver resources