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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Author Archive: Kathleen Guerrero

First 5: Is your child ready? What is school readiness?

There is a national conversation about the importance of children being ready for school. According to Ready Nation, “Children not kindergarten-ready are half as likely to read well by third grade.” Furthermore, “children not reading proficiently by third grade are four times more likely to drop out.” This conversation creates pressure on parents. The subject […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Developing routines

Research tells us that children with daily routines have a greater sense of stability, warmth and caring from their parents. As a first time parent, this was hard for me to understand how a schedule could improve our relationship. As a stay-at-home parent, I encouraged their learning from exploration and play, until the terrible twos. […]

First 5: Is your child ready?

Raising a healthy child begins even before you hold him or her for the first time. The choices you make about things such as prenatal care, breastfeeding, doctors, child care and even bedtime stories shape your child’s future. According to a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 90 percent of brain […]

First 5: Is your child Ready? Dental visits

First tooth, first year. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents take their child to the dentist by their first birthday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that dental caries (cavities) are five times more common than asthma. More than 40 percent of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten. […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Your child’s first teacher

Children are born ready to learn. That makes us, as parents, their first teacher. While cradling your newborn, it might be hard to imagine how you are a teacher. What do newborns learn? How do you as the parent set the stage for lifelong learning? With my first child, we read the book, “Brown Bear, […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Traditions

This fall, the American Academy of Pediatrics released a position statement for children viewing media. Included in the recommendations is a statement that discourages TV and other media use by children younger than 2 years and encourages interactive play. Media includes televisions, computers, tablets and smart phones. Increasingly, parents are handing their children their smart […]

Is your child ready? Early investments in children

Ninety percent of brain development takes place from birth to age 5. That means before your child enters kindergarten, the majority of their brain has been wired for learning. I have never met a parent that didn’t want the very best for their child. At the same time, I know that children don’t come with […]

First 5: Is your child ready? A how to child guide

Have you ever wondered why there are more requirements to prepare a 16-year-old to drive a car than to prepare for a child? As a driver, you have to take a class, practice under a qualified driver and take a test before even getting behind the wheel. Once licensed, you must have a car that […]

First 5: Is Your Child Ready? Reading

My mom is the “Book Grammy.” As a former kindergarten teacher, she knows the value of reading to young children daily. When her first grandchild was born she decided to give books to mark milestones. Inside the front cover she always wrote a special note and the date. We read those books each night as […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Immunization

I am the parent of an adult child on the autism spectrum. More specifically, my son was diagnosed as having Asperger’s Syndrome. Born in the early nineties, our family learned about autism like the rest of the world, by trial and error. I felt like I spent 50 percent of my time trying to find […]

First 5 — Is your child ready?: Readiness routines

My favorite part of each day with my children was after dinner. The kids’ dad and I would fight over who got to get the kids ready for bed each night. Our routine started with a song, “Let’s get ready now, everybody’s learning how, come on and let’s jump in the tub.” We weren’t as […]

First 5 El Dorado: Kindergarten readiness

School may be out but for kids starting kindergarten this fall, now is the time to get ready for the classroom, both physically and emotionally. By helping your child master a few practical key skills, you can give your children the confidence they need to succeed on their first day of school — and every […]

First 5 El Dorado: Is your child Ready? Summer safety

We are so lucky to live in a beautiful county, rich with outdoor activities. With the kids out of school, families will enjoy activities that El Dorado County communities are known for: the El Dorado County Fair, Fourth of July barbecues, hikes, picnics and days on the river. As families pack up the car, there […]

First 5: Is your child ready? Early intervention

Every parent thinks their child is the smartest, developing ahead of his peers. I was no exception. From the time my son was placed in my arms, his every move was cherished. His growth measured by milestones: rolling over, sitting, standing, walking and his first words. When he was 4 years old he told me, […]

First 5: Is your child ready?

Elementary schools across the county are gearing up for next year’s kindergarteners. Parents, teachers and early care and education teachers are preparing by visiting classrooms, attending information nights and hosting “round-ups.” Most parents assume if their child is eligible for school then they are ready. I have two children who were October babies and started […]

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