Learn More @4

Getting Your Preschooler “School Ready”

A Family Toolkit For Preparing Preschoolers for School Success

Learn More @4 LogoWhy Start Early for School Readiness?

Children entering kindergarten now are expected to have more basic skills and knowledge to launch them to master reading, math, science, etc. in elementary school. Kindergarten requires children to function well in groups and control their behavior with peers and teachers. Recently Ohio has set specific learning standards that educators have to follow to assure all children have quality schooling. The Third Grade Guarantee aims to have every child reading by grade three to assure later school success. (Before third grade the focus is on learning to read and after third grade children read to learn. It is critical that children succeed in early elementary in order to handle the work older grades!)

What is school readiness? Ohio Early Learning and Development Standards include:

  • Physical well-being and motor development – use of small and large muscles, healthy habits such as good nutrition, daily physical activity and self-care
  • Social and emotional development – regulating attention, emotions and behavior and positive relationships with other children and adults
  •  Approaches to learning – focused attention, curiosity, persistence, problem-solving, enthusiasm, and setting. planning and achieving goals
  •  Language and literacy – communicating effectively with adults and peers, expressing self with language, and letter recognition, print concepts, language sounds, good vocabulary
  • Cognitive Skills and General knowledge – reasoning. problem-solving, memory, math, social studies, and science concepts

How do parents help their child?

School learning builds on natural life learning. From birth, children learn every minute of every day. They need positive relationships with adults and experiences to actively explore the natural and human world.


Learn More@ 4 Toolkit is designed to help!

It contains a BACKPACK with specifics on what children need to know and the skills needed for school learning. Your child will find several learning tools in the pack and a special book for him/her to document their learning. The toolkit can be used at home and anywhere your child goes. The backpack makes an easy container for child materials.

The backpack starts you out with the basics– tips and child activities for social/emotional skills, nutrition and physical activity. There are THREE more Child Learning Kits • Literacy, Math/Pretend Play and Science/Social Studies. All Learn Mare@ 4 activities relate to the Ohio Early Learning Standards. The individual Child Learning Kits can be picked up from locations in Ashland County listed in this guide.

This guide contains:

  • Lists of skills children need for kindergarten
    • Self-Control- The Super Skill of School Success
    • Activities to increase child self-control & attention
    • Teaching children about emotions
    • Using positive discipline for positive results
  • Active Play/Nutrition
    • Fussy Eater Tips
    • Get the Family Moving
    • Foods for preschoolers
  • Children’s Activity Ideas for Backpack Kit Materials:
    • Feeling Face Cards
    • “I Can Do” chart
    • Healthy Eating Child Activity Book
    • Vegetable Soup Activity
    • Dot to dot pictures
    • Game die for fast action math and literacy
  • Back cover- Extra resources, distribution locations for Child Learning Kits and project sponsors

You are probably already doing good learning activities to build your child’s brain and self-confidence. The materials and activities in Learn More @4 give some ideas··· But add your own creative ideas!


Early childhood experts suggest regular use of these will assure children’s school readiness:

TALK – Hearing and using words while playing and interacting with others helps children make sense of the world and builds connections in the brain to memory and higher order thinking. Language leads learning. Child conversations can include what they see on an outing, what others are doing, planning family activities, etc. Ask questions to prompt thinking (“why; what would happen if; how did that happen; what do you think?)

READ – The best way to build good child language/literacy is to read to children. Make reading interactive: ask your child to predict what will happen next; ask to retell the story and explain the pictures and story line. Use books to teach new words and learn about our fascinating world.

PLAY – Young children learn with their hands, senses and imagination. Helpful toys and objects engage children in: a. constructive play such as mega blocks, art/craft materials, play dough, b. make-believe/pretend play such as cooking sets, tool kits, dolls/ action figures -where they can speak and act out roles and scenes from the real world or a totally imaginary one.

We hope you and your child will have many happy times learning and growing together!

Helpful Links:

Ashland County Resources that can help you with parenting tools…

Click on the links below to open a printable PDF of each booklet.

Click here to go to the Family and Children First Council website.

Children’s Activities Pages
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