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PARENTS PAGE - K-readiness article

Roanoke Times Opinion (article) "While education alone cannot prevent further tragedies (like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary), neither can gun control or mental health services without also ensuring that our children - all of our children - develop social and emotional competencies such as impulse control, anger management, perseverance and empathy".

In our bitterly divided times, is there any way for these diverse ideologies to find common ground? Yes, there is, and it is based on something that everyone should be able to embrace: early childhood education.

Loving back-to-school separation anxiety solutions. I wonder have you tried these? Which worked best for you?

WEBSITE - Welcome to Ready, Set, Go! where you'll find everything you need to help children and families transition to kindergarten

Great idea for a family engagement activity! Must do! BEGINNING OF THE YEAR PROJECT! Give each member a puzzle piece to decorate... keeping the edges intact so it can be re-assembled. Use for a lesson in tolerance... how each individual piece is beautiful on its own. But what a masterpiece you get when you put them all together!

Kindergarten readiness. Pretty close to the list I have but a good resource nonetheless.

This blog post is full of amazing ideas for how to prepare for Open House night and get a head start on learning about your students! I especially love the idea of an "About the Teacher" page and a page letting parents know all of the awesome things their children will be learning that year.

carnival games. Ideas for back to school fall festival.

FREE Getting To Know You Activity! Send the bags home with the children on the first day of school. Have students share their bags whenever you have a few minutes here and there throughout the 1st week.