• Developing Fine Motor Skills

    Posted by Barbra Frazier on 9/21/2016
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  • For Your Child to be Successful in School

    Posted by Barbra Frazier on 9/21/2016


    For your child to be successful in school he/she needs to be ready…


    Is able to solve problems without crying, outbursts, and whining.


    Is able to share and take turns.

     Is able to be friendly.

     Is able to keep hands and feet to self.

     Is able to show independence


    Is able to attend to a task up to 20 minutes (listens to directions and works independently on activities).


    Identifies colors.

     Identifies shapes.

     Identifies 15 capital letters.

     Identifies numerals 0-10.

     Writes name.

     Cuts with scissors within 1/8 of the line.

     Holds a pencil by pinching it between thumb and index finger.

     Familiar with how to use a glue bottle.

     Is able to follow 2-3 step directions.

     Is able to follow rules.

    Girls are typically ready at age 5.

    Boys are typically ready between ages 5 ½ to 6.


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  • How Am I Doing (Language)

    Posted by Barbra Frazier on 9/21/2016

    How Am I doing??


    The more language experience a child has before learning

    to read, the easier it is for the child to understand the

    meaning of words when they appear on a printed poge,’

    — Harvey Wiener author of Talk with Your Child


    Are you satisfied that you are talking enough with your child now? Statistics

    from the Department of Education show on average mothers spend less than

    30 minutes a day and fathers even less -- only 15 minutes a day -- engaged in

    conversation. When they do talk, parents often talk at children, not with



    Here’s a quiz adapted from Talk with Your Child to see how you’re doing.

    I = none of the time 2 = some of the time 3 = most of the time

    1, Do you have meals with your child and do you engage in conversation at

    the table?

    1. Do you question your child about his daily experiences?
    2. Do you share your daily experiences in conversation with your


    1. Do you read aloud to your child every day?
    2. If you read aloud to your child, do you engage him or her in

    conversation about the words and pictures on pages in the book and

    about the ideas in the book?


    1. Do you encourage your child to expand one- or two-word statements

    that he or she makes in response to questions?

    1. Do you play verbal word games with your child — riddles, nonsense

    words, rhymes, etc.?


    1. bo you find yourself naming and identifying objects or concepts that

    are unfamiliar to your child even though he or she may not ask you to?

    1. bo you limit the amount of television your child watches and try to

    watch and interact with your child during shows you watch together?

    1. bo you encourage your young child to play near you as youre working

    around the house, and do you carry on a running dialogue about what

    you are doing and objects around you?

    1. bo you engage actively in play with your child?

    Score: 25-30 Great! 18-24 Pretty Good Under 18 Needs Work

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  • Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten

    Posted by Barbra Frazier on 9/21/2016

    Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten


    Let’s face it: Kindergarten isn’t what it used to be. Right or wrong, it is the world we

    live in. The following list is intended to help prepare your child in a variety of

    developmental areas to make the transition into kindergarten as smooth as possible.

    Believe it or not, just 15-20 minutes of playing and learning with your child can make a

    world of difference!


    Social/Emotional Development

    o Encourage your child to persist in tasks when encountering a problem by giving

    him tasks slightly above his current ability level. When your child cannot find a

    solution on his own, encourage him to calmly ask for help.


    o Play board games to practice taking turns.


    o Set up several play dates with friends of various ages.


    o Allow your child to stay with other trusted adults for a few hours at a time prior to

    kindergarten (especially if she has rarely been in the care of someone other than

    mom and dad).


    o Tell your child you expect her to clean up after play. You could implement a

    ransom box for toys left out like this one:



    Language Development

    o Verbally give your child specific one-step and two-step directions and encourage

    him to follow through.


    o Read to your child for a combined total of at least 20 minutes each day.


    o While reading, point out how to hold a book (right-side up with the spine on the

    left) and the orientation in which we read the words and look at the pictures (left

    to right).


    o After reading, ask your child what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of

    the story.


    o Give your child plenty of opportunities to draw (without coloring books). Ask her

    to draw the things she sees around her.


    o Teach your child the uppercase and lowercase letters and, most importantly, the

    sounds each letter makes through play and games. Need some ideas? Go here:



    Cognitive Development

    o Have your child help you sort items according to color, size, and shape (laundry,

    blocks, silverware, toys, and other household items work well).


    o Teach your child to make various patterns (red, blue, red, blue). Garage sale dot

    stickers or craft pom-poms are great for this purpose.


    o Practice counting aloud to 20 while driving in the car.



    o Teach your child numerals 1-10. Need some suggestions on how to do this: Go

    here: www.icanteachmychild.com/numbers


    o Count objects in your home. Have your child point to each object as she counts.


    o Go on a shape hunt. Point out circles, triangles, squares, and rectangles to your

    child while you are taking or walk or grocery shopping.


    o Talk about positional and directional concepts like up/down, over/under, in/out,

    behind/in front of, top/bottom, beside/between, off/on, stop/go.


    o Talk about opposite words (big/little, empty/full, slow/fast).

    Physical Development (Gross & Fine Motor)


    o Give your child plenty of opportunities for outdoor play: running, jumping, and



    o Play catch on a regular basis.


    o Practice skipping.


    o Stack blocks together.


    o Let your child use child-safe scissors to cut out a variety of shapes.


    o Teach your child to write his name (capital for the first letter and lowercase for

    the remaining letters). To start, write his name using a highlighter and encourage

    him to trace over it. Be sure that he forms the letters from the top to the bottom.


    o Ensure your child is holding her pencil correctly:



    o Play with playdough regularly. Roll, squish, stamp, and even cut it!


    o Encourage your child to cut out various shapes using child-safe scissors.


    o String large beads to make a necklace.


    o Play with an interlocking puzzle together.

    Creative Arts


    o Always encourage pretend play…occasionally join your child in his fantasy



    o Teach your child to recognize the following colors: red, orange, yellow, green,

    blue, purple, black, white, brown, and pink. For help, go to:



    o Use a variety of materials to let your child paint, draw and explore!


    This list was created based upon the following:





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