Student Milestones: At this age, student milestones are developed in the home by parents and caregivers. Motor, language, social-emotional and cognitive development milestones for children ages birth to five years can be found at www.parentsknow.state.mn.us
District Indicators: The District does not collect data on this milestone because parents and caregivers foster the pre-school ready milestones before a child enters formal schooling experiences.
Families are encouraged to participate in Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) classes. These classes are for children from birth to kindergarten and their families. They provide parent education in the areas of parenting and child development as well as quality early childhood activities to promote healthy development and learning.
Read, read, read to your child beginning at birth. Use simple picture books to start, pointing out pictures, talking about pictures, and cuddling with your child while reading to help create a positive and bonding relationship around reading. As your child gets older, ask questions about the book, explain vocabulary they may not understand, talk about the front and back of the book and explain how you turn pages from front to back, read left to right from top to bottom.
Talk, talk, talk to your child. This builds your child’s vocabulary which is key in putting him/her on the road to literacy. Point out objects and name them. Have a running commentary on what you are doing or what is happening. “I am putting you in your car seat. I am buckling you in the car seat so you will be safe. Now we are going to drive in the car …”
Expose your child to other children, adults and experiences such as the zoo, the park, library story times, and play groups. This helps with socialization and building knowledge about the world around him or her.
For more tips on how to ensure your child is pre-school ready, visit www.parentsknow.state.mn.us