Readiness Skills for Starting Kindergarten

Children enter Kindergarten with a whole range of skills – no two will be the same. Don’t expect any child to be “ready” for Kindergarten in every area, but here are some things you can work on at home to help your child be ready for ‘big kid’ school.  Social and emotional development Your child […]

Storytelling and Dramatic Play

One of my all-time favorite activities with young children is acting out stories – not only is it fun for all, it lets us all get into the story in a whole new way. As a teacher, I gobbled up Vivian Paley‘s books about the uses of storytelling in her classroom. As a mom, many […]

Readiness Skills for Starting Kindergarten

Is your child going to be 5 years old by October 2? If so, time for you to register him for Kindergarten! You can find information about kindergarten registration in western Nevada County here and for Truckee here. Children enter Kindergarten with a whole range of skills – no two will be the same. Don’t […]

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary   All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they’re reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to […]

One Little Boy Showed Me a Lot about Learning. . .

by Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. I was sitting in a waiting room in Grass Valley and, being me, I was reading a bit but really watching the kids in the room (watching children is truly my favorite activity, I always learn so much from them). A young mom was there with three young children, ranging in […]

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary

Building Your Child’s Vocabulary   All parents want their child to do well in school. One way to help your child is to help them build their vocabulary. Beginning readers use knowledge about words to help them make sense of what they’re reading. The more words a reader knows, the more they are able to […]

School Readiness Tips

During the past decade, “School Readiness” has become a major national subject of conversation. State and national policymakers have developed goals to assist children’s readiness for school and schools’ readiness for children. Children’s Readiness for School includes five dimensions: health and physical development emotional well being and social competence approaches to learning communicative skills, and cognition and general knowledge Schools’ Readiness […]

Reading with Young Children – Tips and Topics

by Lindsay Dunckel I was surprised to see an article online that was talking about pressures put on parents in order to create successful children – and it started with – get this – reading to them! Oh, what is this world coming to when reading to children feels like a peer-pressure-driven task to parents? […]

Developing Emotional Awareness and Social Skills in Young Children

posted by Amanda Scheerer As families move further into the world of high tech online interaction and into what seems like endless faceless computer/media time, we are also working more hours to keep the family afloat and sharing less actual conversation time with our children. Computers and other media do provide information and entertainment; however […]