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    Your preschooler might have graduated preschool by now. Perhaps you've even registered your child for Kindergarten.  

     

    What should you and your child do now?  

    1. Keep learning throughout the summer. Visit your local library for new books and activities that will keep alive her love of learning. Try some activities listed below.
    2. Stay active. Summer is the perfect time to help your child engage in fun activities, like swimming, biking, tree climbing and just playing.
    3. Share your child's preschool graduation with PA's Promise for Children! What made this year of preschool special for your child? Was your child involved in Head Start or PA Pre-K Counts? Send your story to Mary at marhal@pakeys.org. 

     

    Because your child has will be entering Kindergarten in the fall, this will be the last edition of

    Kindergarten, Here I Come news you will receive. The next enews you receive will be  

    Kindergarten, Here I Am. You don't need to do anything to receive this--we'll take care of it for you.  

     

    If you're an early learning provider, or have another child entering preschool, you can sign up for another enews.  

     

    If you have questions, please email Mary at marhal@pakeys.org.

     

     

    Did you know that when preschoolers play, they learn? It's true! Use these activities to encourage your preschooler to play. Click here to print the book list for May.

     

    We're learning Language and Literacy Skills  

    Do it! 

    Ask your preschooler to tell you a story. Write the words on a blank piece of paper. Give them the paper and a crayon and ask them to illustrate it. Turn your child's story into a book. Provide your child with pictures from magazines, newspapers or clipart to illustrate or recreate their story.

    Read it! 

    The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion.

     

    We're learning through Play

    Do it!  

    Make a pile of different clothing items, such as a hat, pants, swim suits, etc. Ask questions about which items would be needed to do certain things. For example, "What would you wear when you go to bed?" Provide an opportunity for your preschooler to dress with the choices. As you help them dress, describe the clothing articles and the use. Be sure to include the color, pattern and size in your descriptions. Create a visual aid of clothing options for them to select their outfit.  

    Read it!  

    Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina. 

     

    We're learning Social and Emotional Development 

    Do it! 

    Together, use words and pictures to make a list of things to do to be clean and healthy. For example, draw a bar of soap and write SOAP next to the picture. Create a timeline of activities for healthy behaviors, and use a checklist to show your preschooler completed activities.

    Read it! 

    Mrs. McNosh Hangs up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks. The Flea's Sneeze by Karla Firehammer.   

     

    We're learning Mathematical Thinking and Expression

    Do it! 

    Share a food items with your preschooler. For example, cut a piece of toast in half to share. Talk about who has the larger piece or who has a smaller piece. Develop a picture story about sharing. Use real objects for your preschooler to see, touch, and or feel parts of things. Be sure to describe equal, larger and smaller. Make a picture list of all the new words used. 

    Read it!  

    Spaghetti And Meatballs For All! by Marilyn Burns. Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore.

     

     

    Register now for the Lifting Family Voices Through Storytelling Workshop

     

    Families are invited to register for the Lifting Family Voices Through Storytelling Workshop on May 23, 2024, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the PaTTAN Harrisburg, 6340 Flank Drive, Harrisburg. 

     

    This workshop will focus on developing your family story to make an impact. The workshop is designed for pregnant and parenting families of children, ages birth to five, receiving any material and/or early childhood services in Pennsylvania, including Early Intervention.

     

    Seats are limited on a first come, first serve basis. American's with Disabilities Act accommodations requests can be made during registration. Registration and requests must be received by May 3, 2024. Honorarium and reimbursement for child care and travel expenses such as lodging and mileage within guidelines will be provided. 

     

    For more information, contact Sadia Batool at c-sabatool@pa.gov.

     

     

    The Importance of Independent Play

     

    Sara, 18 months old, stacks blocks on top of each other, then knocks them down, only to build them again.

     

    Chen, three years old, takes books off the shelf, looking through pages and tells stories to stuffed animals.

     

    Jamal, four years old, hooks play trains together and runs them along imaginary paths.

     

    What do all of these have in common? They’re all examples of independent play!

     

    Research has shown the importance of play. Play can enhance brain structure and function and promote executive function (the process of learning). While interaction with adults and other children during play builds important cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills, independent play also has benefits. When a child plays alone, it can foster imagination and creative play, build persistence and problem-solving skills, and teach patience and resilience. Find out how you can help your child develop independent play skills.

     

     

     

    Is Your Child Registered for Kindergarten?

     

    It's not too late to register your child for Kindergarten! Registering your child now means that you, your child and your child's school will be ready when Kindergarten begins.

     

    PA's Promise for Children can help you find Kindergarten Registration information.

     

     

    National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month

     

    May is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Month, a time everyone to learn about and promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth their families.

     

    Children’s mental health is important because it affects how they think, feel, and behave. It can impact areas like:

    • Foundation for Lifelong Well-being
    • Academic Performance
    • Social Relationships
    • Physical Health and more!

     

    How can you help support your young child’s mental health? Check out these resources and supports, collected by PA's Promise for Children.

     

    Pennsylvania CHIP offers care for children by providing benefits to cover behavioral health care. Click here for more information on the mental health services covered by PA CHIP and how to apply.

     

     

     

    Watch: Videos to Help Preschool Kids Recognize Their Emotions

     

    The Healthy Minds, Thriving Kids Pre-K Project is a video series, based on mental health research, created to make important mental health skills available to preschool children (age 3 to 5). These videos introduce important ideas, taught the way young children learn best: through entertaining, relatable stories set in a vivid, imaginary world. Each video features a memorable song that reinforces the key messages.

     

    Watch the complete series with your child. You can also download the free companion guides that summarize key ideas and include an activity that can help kids practice the skills they’re learning. For older children, explore more free evidence-based video resources for K-12. Each video in the series is available in both English and Spanish.

     

     

    Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! Group

     

    The Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! on Facebook is for family members who have, and professionals who work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The focus is on advocacy, self-advocacy, self-determination. This is a safe place to ask questions, get advice, or share stories!

     

    Join more than 1,000 families connecting and engaging through the Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! Facebook Group

     

     

     

    Finding Dental Care

     

    This flyer from the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health is available in English and Spanish and lists high-level resources in Pennsylvania to help everyone find dental care. 

     

     

    Easy to Read Childhood Immunization Schedules Now Available

     

    CDC’s 2024 Easy to Read Childhood Immunization Schedules, or Parent-friendly Schedules, are now available both in English and Spanish:

     

     

     

    Calendar of Activities for Early Learning Providers

     

    During May, celebrate Children's Mental Health Awareness Month and spread awareness about the importance of children's mental health and the need for services that support recovery, resilience, and success for youth.

    Check out the May Calendar of Activities for Early Learning Professionals with activities and information to help prepare children and their families for school success.