CHILD . . .

                      get ready . . .

                               get set . . .

                                           GO to school

Talk to your child: Talking to children builds their vocabulary and helps them learn grammar and syntax. Explain what you are doing. Ask them questions, such as, “Where is your nose?” or “What color is the boy’s shirt?”
Buy them crayons: Crayons provide a great way to learn the colors. In addition, coloring and playing with play dough are great ways to build the fine motor skills your child will need in order to write.
Teach them to identify letters
and numbers:
Point out letters and numbers on signs, cereal boxes, in books, and everywhere else. Letter and number puzzles are also a good way to teach children numbers and letters.
Count with your child: Count steps as you climb them; count toes and fingers; count pennies, beans, and other household objects. This will give your child something concrete and physical to associate with the numerals as they learns them.
Read to them: When you read to children point out the words and ask them questions about the story and the pictures. Show them the title and the name of the author. You can build a home library inexpensively by visiting thrift stores and yard sales. If your first language is not English, reading to your child in your native language will help your child build many of the necessary pre-literacy skills to learn to read in English.
Visit the public library: Choosing books for your child may seem overwhelming. The children’s librarian can help you find books that match your child’s age and interest and it’s all free. Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or owns property in Manchester can obtain a library card. Bring a valid photo ID and current address information. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to obtain a card.

No Excuses Homework Kit

Have you ever wasted time searching the house for necessary homework supplies and materials? Not only is it a frustrating waste of precious minutes, but it also causes a major break in productivity, pulling your child unnecessarily off-task.
A homework supply kit can be stored in anything portable, preferably a lightweight container with a lid. Some children work at their desks, or on kitchen/dining room tables; others prefer to spread out on their beds or the floor. With the necessary supplies handy, where your child chooses to study doesn't matter.

Here is a suggested list of items to include:


(Depending on Age of Your Child)

Colored pens/markers (thick & thin points)
Plenty of paper
Sharpened pencils with erasers
Pencil sharpener
Paper hole reinforcers
Glue stick
Colored pencils
Stapler with box of staples
Paper clips
Single-hole punch
Three-hole punch
Electronic spell checker
Self-stick notepads
Highlighter pens
Index cards

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