FREE Kindergarten school readiness camp June 25-July16, 2014

FREE Kindergarten readiness camp for Nevada County children with no preschool experience. Help your child get that extra boost to be really ready for school! This 3 week class has a nurturing environment where your child can practice following directions, being part of a group and will enjoy circle- time, story-time and play-time with lots […]

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 […]

Federal Legislators Look toward the Future!

This week, the Strong Start for America’s Children Act was introduced on Capitol Hill by Representative George Miller (D-CA), Representative Richard Hanna (R-NY), and Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA). This bipartisan legislation proposes a 10-year initiative to expand access to high-quality education for children birth through age five. Hooray for legislators who are looking toward the […]

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 […]

Halloween School Readiness Activities

      Welcome to our Halloween school readiness page! We hope you will get a chance – or got a chance – to visit us at the Center for the Arts during the Grass Valley Downtown Preschool Trick-or-Treat and pick out a book  to take home. We hear a lot about “school readiness” and […]

School Readiness: Stone Soup

by Lindsay Dunckel, Ph.D. As the weather starts to cool in Nevada County, I begin to crave soup and look forward to some of the meal-in-a-pot varieties I make each Fall and Winter. And today my mind is wandering to the folktale Stone Soup. Remember that one? Here’s a short version of the tale. Or you […]