How Families Can Help

  • 4 and 5 year-old children need 11 hours of sleep per night.  Less sleep means poorer performance in school.  school starts at 9:10, your child should be asleep by 9:10 p.m.
  • Let children tie, snap, button and zip their clothing.  Make sure that your child can zip their winter coat and put on their boots by themselves
  • Good things happen in kids’ brains when they hear good things.  Teach your child with positive instructions.  
  • Encourage your child to sort while folding laundry, setting the table, putting toys away or eating M&Ms.
  • When you read to your child, it helps to run your finger under the words.  Point to letters and name them.  Search for all of the gs (and then another favorite letter).
  • Remember that you are your child’s first and most important teacher.  Your child will learn first to do as you do – not as you say.
  • Teach your child to learn step-by-step.
  • Limit TV time to one hour per day.  
  • Help your child to practice saying out loud their name, address and phone number.  In an emergency, a child’s clear, big voice could get them home quickly.

In High 5, we are working hard to teach the children about routines.  Routines give children a predictable and comfortable framework in which they can learn.  Kids don’t learn much in chaos. You can help your child by teaching routines at home.

·      Coming home at the end of the day, set up a routine for hanging coats, emptying the backpack, hanging up the back pack.  Set up a time and place for your child to do homework.  Right now, the homework may be signing papers or permission slips, reading school newsletters or answering a teacher’s question.  Later, it will be spelling words and multiplication tables.

·      Start a routine for reading with your child.  Set aside 20-30 minutes every day to read to your child.  This may be a bedtime or breakfast time.  Doing it every day helps your child to learn from the routine.

·      Bedtime routine: put toys away, brush teeth, wash face, pajamas, story and bed.  Some parents play books on cd as they leave their child to fall asleep.