Hudson Valley Parent

HVP August 2018

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18 Hudson Valley Parent n August 2018 cleaning up when you have finished using a space is very important in the preschool classroom," says Seeger. "At the start of a school year this is no easy task. For many children, Mom and Dad clean up at home after them." Make time for play For some parents, learning is meant for school time. Kristen Lee believes that children have plenty of time to learn in preschool, so her son plays after school and during the summer. "I didn't do anything special after he came home from school," says the mom of four-year- old Sebastian. "In Pre-K, they learn to write their names, play nice, stay in line, listen to direction. His pre-K is full day, so that's a long day for a three or four-year-old." Ready for kindergarten without preschool But not every child attends preschool so what should parents do at home for those who go straight to kindergarten? Nicole Petit didn't send her children to preschool, so she made sure to teach them how to write their names. "I did not want them to be behind because of teachers' assumptions that kids have school experience before kindergarten," says the Ulster County mom of a now six and eight-year-old. Talk to the teachers and ask what your role should be and for additional ideas to reinforce what they are learning. A well-rounded education at home and school will help make the transition to kindergarten much easier. Lisa Iannucci's latest book "On Location: A Film and TV Lover's Travel Guide," is available online and in stores. PRESCHOOL (Continued from Page 17)

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