Whether you’re just beginning to work with pre-school children or you’ve been working with them for many years, many of the fundamental challenges that you must plan for are the same. These include enabling children to:
- use language correctly
- develop their social skills
- adapt their personality traits to particular types of social situations
- understand how to feed and care for their bodies.
For most children, many of the learning processes that evolve outside the home occur in your classrooms.
This portion of Ready for Life was designed to help you prepare two- to six-year-olds for the challenges they will face when they begin school. The materials you’ll find here can give you ideas to help children learn to cooperate and contribute to group activities. You will also get information to encourage them to lead socially and physically healthy lives. Lastly, you will find information to prepare children to learn to read and write. The research and scholarship that supports this information was prepared and organized by a select group of early childhood educators, researchers and scholars on KERA’s Ready for Life Team.