Ready for School
want their children to do well in school—to learn,
to think for themselves and to get along with others.
There is much we can do to make sure our children will
be ready for school. Giving them consistent, loving care
from the beginning helps them grow physically, mentally
A child who is ready for school is able to express his
feelings appropriately. He is able to give and receive
help, and he cares about the feelings and needs of others.
He is eager, curious and able to pay attention.
When your child starts school, you can stay involved by
getting to know the teachers and other parents. You can
also volunteer on a school advisory committee or in the
Learning New Skills
Your child uses many skills to read, write, spell,
count, paint, tell stories, sing and make friends.
Some tasks will be easier for her than others. Encourage
your child to be proud of her skills and be patient
with difficult tasks. If you think your child is
having problems with school, classmates or learning,
talk to her teachers. For information on learning
problems, call National Center for Learning Disabilities
or visit www.ld.org.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
All Children Should Be Included
As much as possible, children
with disabilities should be
fully included in classrooms, after-school programs
and sports. Public schools must
provide services and adaptive equipment if your child
needs them in school. Call National Info Center for
Children and Youth with Disabilities.Visit
English and Your Family’s Language
- A child can easily learn two
languages. If you do not speak English at home, help
child to talk and learn in your language. If she knows
her first language well, she will learn English more
easily. Ask your local school district how to
prepare your child for school.