Early elementary school isn’t just for dramatic play and recess anymore. The foundation your child sets in kindergarten through third grade can set the stage for the rest of their academic career. But don’t panic! There’s no need to feel heavy pressure. Early childhood education is an incredibly rich time for your child’s rapidly developing mind; their brains cannot wait to soak of new knowledge. Here’s how to ensure your child gets the best foundation possible.
Rest and Nutrition Can Influence Your Child’s Success
When your child first starts school, it’s easy to accidentally let old routines fall through the cracks. But don’t underestimate the importance of a good night’s sleep and proper nutrition for little learners!
- Maintaining a bedtime routine can help your child wind down and sleep well each night.
- A nutrient-rich, low-sugar breakfast that is packed with protein can help your child (and you!) to think clearly during the day.
- Eating dinner together as a family (and at the table instead of the TV) during the week can help your child to feel secure and loved, and gives your family a way to connect even when things are hectic and busy.
All of these factors can influence your child’s success at school.
Read Together EVERY DAY
There are few things that can influence your child’s future success quite like nurturing a love of reading. According to an article by the New York Times that references new studies published in pediatric journals and other notable literary guides, the impact that reading aloud to young children is significant and should be noted by parents for more than just educational gain.
It states, “A new study provides evidence of just how sustained an impact reading and playing with young children can have, shaping their social and emotional development in ways that go far beyond helping them learn language and early literacy skills. The parent-child-book moment even has the potential to help curb problem behaviors like aggression, hyperactivity, and difficulty with attention, a new study has found.”
Reading to and with your child, every day, is one of the best things you can do to invest in their academic success.
Work to Meet Reading and Math Goals by Third Grade
“Third grade is a critical point in both math and reading. One study shows that children who are reading proficiently by the end of third grade are four times more likely to graduate from high school on time.”-Innovate Public Schools
Ideally, children should be reading and doing math at or beyond grade level by the third grade. An excellent foundation starting in kindergarten will help your child meet these targeted objectives.
Keep Your Eye on Standardized Tests
Annual standardized testing is a tool. A tool to help you and your child’s teachers assess your child’s mastery of each grade. If your child isn’t meeting or exceeding standards, work with your child’s teachers to create a plan to help them get back on track.
At Bethesda Christian Schools, our low teacher/student ratio gives each student the chance to thrive, encouraging them every step of the way.
Bethesda Christian Schools Sets the Right Foundation
Our school is a diverse and supportive learning community where students develop a life-long love of learning and are prepared for their best futures. Bethesda Christian Schools views each student as an individual and endeavors to meet the academic needs of every student. We want your child to leave us feeling prepared to take the next step in life and to take that step confidently.
Want to make sure your child is getting the best kindergarten through third-grade foundation possible? Drop in for Welcome Wednesday to experience life at Bethesda Christian Schools.