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Resources for Parents and Families
“You are your child’s first and most important teacher! There are many things you can do with your child, starting at birth, to help him/her be ready to succeed in school.
And, we are here to help. Our ParentTips, parent-child activities, school readiness resources, and other important information will show you how.”
“It’s easy to know your child needs help dealing with a fever or a broken bone, but mental health problems can be harder to identify. Children of all ages, even as young infants, can experience mental health problems. A difficulty of parenting is knowing the kinds of behaviors and moods that are usual for the stage of development your child is in and when your child has gone beyond the norm and needs help.”
“We know that families play the most important role in preparing young children for school and for the rest of their lives. But child care providers are right there too in terms of their impact on children. Choosing the right child care provider could mean the difference between your child being ready for the first day of Kindergarten (and everything that comes after it) or not.”
“Each week, parents and caregivers receive fun facts and easy tips on how to promote their children’s development by building on existing family routines – like pointing out letters on the cereal box at breakfast, counting the number of steps as you walk to the car or bus, or making feeling faces in the mirror after you brush your teeth.”
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting program that mails free books to children from birth to age five in participating communities. United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore has provided the Imagination Library program to children in Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties in Maryland for over 8 years.
Sign up your child today! Simply go to United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore’s website to register your child OR call the office: 410-742-5143. https://www.uwles.org/imaginationlibrary
Activities to try!
Make playdough together
Make playdough together with only 2 ingredients! Talk about how the playdough feels between your fingers and use the dough to make numbers, letters, and shapes. Let your child use their imagination and see what they create! Use this recipe or search the internet and you’ll find many variations.
Play a counting game. Can you find 1 piece of fruit? 2 socks? 3 books? And so on! Use your own ideas of what your child should search for.
Go on a Scavenger hunt!
- Search your house, backyard, or go for a walk to find all the colors of the rainbow!
- Choose one letter of the alphabet and see how many objects in your house or yard start with that letter. For example: Apple, Animal, Ant, Acorn. For another variation see if you can find one thing for each letter of the entire alphabet!