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School Readiness

School Readiness

Mt. Hood Community College ensures that families have access to information about their child and that the information is understandable, meaningful and culturally responsive. Parents share their knowledge about their child’s progress at home, and together staff and families use their information to set and work towards goals for the child in the program, home and community.

Approaches to Learning

Refers to the skills and behaviors that children use to engage in learning, and incorporates emotional, behavioral, and cognitive self-regulation.

Goal: Children will demonstrate persistence and sustained attention, as well as inventiveness and flexibility in thinking.

Home Learning Strategies:

· Use real objects and visual aides to demonstrate what is being said.

· Do a puzzle and celebrate when it is completed

· Demonstrate that there may be more than one way to do things or to solve a problem.

· Model self-talk (narrating what you are doing or thinking about) to demonstrate the use of “talking things out” to help make a decision.

Social and Emotional Development

Refers to a child’s ability  to create and sustain meaningful relationships with adults and other children, including their ability to express, recognize, and manage their own emotions.

Goal 1: Children will engage in positive relationships and interactions with adults and peers.

Goal 2: Children will display levels of attention, emotions, and behavior that are appropriate for the situation.

Home Learning Strategies:

· Teach and encourage expression of their feelings (especially in home language.)

· Model positive relationships and interactions

· Acknowledge children when they have done something kind

· Read books about feelings and connect them to an experience the child has had.

· Play games that require following a set of rules and taking turns.

· Encourage children to make choices (from a limited set of realistic and appropriate options, such as what they will wear or what activity they want to do.

· Expand on emotions vocabulary (i.e. beyond happy, mad & sad)

· Intentionally introduce and reinforce 2-3 new words a day with children.

Language and Literacy

Refers to emerging abilities in listening and understanding and in using language. This includes the knowledge skills that come prior to learning to read and write.

Goal 1: Children will use and comprehend language for conversation and in order to get their needs met.

Goal 2: Children will engage with literature in developmentally appropriate ways. (eg. Interest in and selecting books to look through and listen to, summarizing and questioning.

Home Learning Strategies:

· Continue speaking the home language with children

· Express themselves in their home language

· Combine a word or two in the home language with a word or two in English

· Read books that interest the child.

· Read books multiple times and tell stories repeatedly.

· Before reading a book, show the child the cover and ask, “What do you think this story is going to be about?”

· When reading invite children to guess what will happen next.

· Ask children to describe things they have created or how they solved a problem (eg. “Tell me about your picture,” instead of “What did you draw?” or “How did you figure that out?”)

· Have conversations with children about what they have been doing, why things happened, and their feelings about the event.

· After reading a familiar story, encourage children to imagine a different ending and encourage them to tell their version.

· Have child tell you the story based on the pictures.

Cognition

Includes reasoning, memory, problem-solving, and thinking skills that help young children understand and organize their world.

Goal 1: Children will demonstrate a variety of developmentally appropriate strategies to gain a better understanding of information and activities in their surroundings. 

Goal 2: Children will demonstrate developmentally appropriate mathematical thinking (regularly and throughout everyday routines).

Home Learning Strategies:

· Play matching games

· Sing counting songs

· Encourage children to teach other children how to count to 10 in their home language.

· Play games the use position and size words: first, last, big little, top and bottom.

· Play “I spy” with shapes and colors. For example: “I spy a circle,” or “I spy something red.”

· Go for a walk and offer directions, such as “hop two times” or “take three big steps and one little step.”

· Compare two small sets of objects and decide whether one group is more, less, or the same.

· Let child help in pouring, measuring, etc while cooking.

Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development

Refers to children’s use of their senses to gather, understand, and respond to the world around them. Gross motor skills refers to moving the whole body and using larger muscles. Fine motor skills refer to using the small muscles.

Goal 1: Children will demonstrate control of small muscles for  such purposes as using utensils, self-care, writing, etc.

Goal 2: Children and families will practice healthy lifestyles.

Home Learning Strategies:

· Provide opportunities for children to reach and hold small objects.

· Provide objects/materials for children to squeeze and or pinch such as play dough, squishy balls, eye droppers, clothes pins, tweezers.

· Tearing paper and using it for collage

· Peeling and sticking stickers.

· Provide children with opportunities to use crayons and markers.

· Encourage children to button, comb their hair, and brush their teeth.

· Visit local parks

· Get outside everyday

· Create a quiet/calming area at home

· Practice yoga/exercise together

· Weekly/monthly meal planning

· Cook healthy meals together

· Have dance parties as a family

· Learn to meditate or do guided meditation

 

 

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