TIPS FOR PARENTS
Parents are a child’s first and most important teacher, and the home is the first significant learning environment, where lifelong attitudes about learning begin. Some simple things you can do to help your child learn and be healthy include:
Through play, children develop valuable skills that will help them succeed in school and in life. These skills include: Coordination, visual and auditory memory, self-expression, listening skills, book appreciation, self-esteem, and courage to try new things.
READING ADDS UP
Reading to your child as little as 30 minutes a day can greatly improve learning abilities by age 5.
30 minutes daily = 900 hours by age 5
30 minutes daily = 130 hours by age 5
Less than 30 minutes weekly = 60 hours by age 5
Resources for Parents
ZERO TO THREE: This national nonprofit's Web site contains a wealth of parenting resources.
U.S. Department of Education - Helping Your Preschool Child: This publication contains dozens of activities for children from infancy through age 5.
Tips to prepare your child for school: This information is provided through the S.C. Office of First Steps.
Physical and cognitive development: This information on child development is provided through the S.C. Office of First Steps.
Choosing quality child care: This site of the S.C. Department of Social services helps parents find local quality child care.
American Academy of Pediatrics: This Web site contains information on both child health and parenting.
PBS Kids: This PBS Web site has fun, free games for young children.
Parenting: This online site contains information about parenting babies and toddlers.