Category - School Challenges
Preparing Your Sons and Daughters for Kindergarten
True or false: The most important thing you can do to prepare your child for kindergarten is to focus on academics. False. Contrary to popular notion, basic math and reading skills are no longer the only primary prerequisites to kindergarten readiness. While counting from one to 10, recognizing primary shapes and colors, and identifying letters of the alphabet are critical, most kindergarten teachers and early childhood experts now view the following areas as equally vital in assessing whether your child is ready to enter kindergarten: Self-care and motor skills: Can your child get dressed, go to the bathroom, carry a… Continue Reading
Helping Children with Sensory Processing Challenges Achieve Scholastic Success
As summer vacation comes to an end and school begins, many children find it hard to return to their school routines. This task may be even more difficult for children with sensory processing challenges. Sensory processing refers to the ability to receive sensory information from the surrounding environment, combine it with internal sensory information from one’s own body, and process it into a coherent understanding of what is occurring in a given situation and what the appropriate response should be. About five to 10 percent of young children exhibit significant behavioral and adaptive problems that are linked to difficulties in… Continue Reading
When a Tummy Ache Is Not Just a Tummy Ache: Dealing with School Anxiety
The first day of school, your son has a tummy ache. You take his temperature, but you already know that what’s really ailing him is another common childhood ailment: school phobia. “Many children experience extreme anxiety when they enter new situations—new schools, teachers, classmates, and academic challenges,” says Mimi Ezray, LCSW, MPH, Coordinator of Children’s Clinical Services at Peninsula Parents Place. “Understand that trying to avoid school is not unusual and there are many effective strategies to help ease and manage their fears,” says Mimi. In addition to offering your children emotional support, reassuring them, and addressing their specific concerns, Mimi says, you… Continue Reading
Bullying in Preschool?
The preschool years are foundational for children’s social and emotional development—a time when children’s social interactions increase dramatically as they move from parallel to more collaborative play with peers. Not surprisingly, this means more social and communication missteps as children learn how to interact and connect to each other while their social, communication, and emotion-management skills are still in the very early stages of development. What all of this means is that most of the problems you are seeing between and among preschoolers, particularly those under 4, are often signs of poor impulse control and limited language skills, not indications… Continue Reading
Little Girls Can Be Mean!
Helping Your Daughter Navigate Girl World If you have a daughter, it’s a good bet that at one time or another she has come home in tears due to social problems. She may have been the target of exclusion or taunting, perhaps initiated by her former best friend, or pushed out of a circle of friends she has known since preschool. Perhaps she wasn’t invited to a party everyone is talking about. She doesn’t understand why she isn’t “popular.” Chances are you are seeing these problems emerging in elementary school—particularly in the second and third grades—and intensifying toward the onset… Continue Reading