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First day of First Grade – the school bus
Corsi Photo via Creative Commons license


Most parents watch proudly as their 5-year-old grabs her backpack and heads out the door to her first day of kindergarten, her “official” start into the world of education and learning. Few might imagine that their child has actually been preparing for this day since she first opened her eyes.

With so much emphasis today on preparing children for school, parents are eager to know how they can help their young children learn. You can get your baby or toddler off to the best start by using your everyday interactions to teach the basic skills she will need to cooperate, get along with others, and be an enthusiastic learner.

Remember, children develop at their own pace and in their own way. If your child’s development is delayed, you can adapt the information on this site to meet your child’s individual needs. If you are at all concerned about your child’s development, consult a health care provider.

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