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Helpful Tips for Parents of Pre-K Children (4-5 years)

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Helpful Tips for Parents of Pre-K Children (4-5 years)

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As your child reaches preschool age, they become more independent and are learning to get along with others. Going to preschool and getting ready for kindergarten is a time where they become part of the school community and spend more time away from home. They will start to question why they have to do what you tell them, but they are also old enough to understand when you explain the reasons. To help you be the best parent or caregiver you can be, we pulled together some tips for helping your child grow and develop during these important years.

Preparing your child for Kindergarten 

As your child’s first teacher, you play an important role in preparing them to succeed in school and later in life. The time you spend with your child matters. There are some simple things you can do at home to help your child be better prepared for school, while having fun. We have provided some ideas and activities you can do with your child to make get them ready for Kindergarten.

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Enrolling in Kindergarten 

Whether this is your first child in Kindergarten or you’ve gone through this before, there are a lot of things you need to know in order to enroll them. We have pulled together all the information you need, including:
  • Kindergarten eligibility
  • How to sign up
  • What paperwork you’ll need
  • What options are available
  • And more

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  • Be clear and consistent when disciplining your child. Explain and show the behavior you want. When telling them no, explain what they should be doing instead
  • Limit TV and computer time to just one to two hours a day. Children spending more than 2 hours a day in front of a screen are more likely to become obese and have behavior problems
  • Monitor what your child is watching. Programs that show violent or angry actions and words can scare a preschooler and lead to nightmares or aggressive behavior
  • Give your child a limited number of simple choices, like choosing what to wear, what games to play or what snack to eat
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Frequently Asked Questions 

There are a lot of questions when your child is preparing to go to Kindergarten. We have listed the most frequently asked questions with quick, easy answers in one place.

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Kindergarten Parenting Tips 

Helpful tips, resources and ideas for parents with Kindergarteners. Whether this is your first child or you have been through this before, there are always new things to learn. We put together a list of helpful tips for parents.

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