Eastern Oregon Kinder-Readiness

We all have great hopes and dreams for our children. We want to see them be successful in school, be happy, and become adults who are successful and emotionally healthy. The first five years of children’s lives will set them on this path of success if we are able to provide what they need during this time. Parents are children’s first and most important teachers in life, and what we do with them during this important time of development will set them on a path for great success in life. If you have a young child, here are some great FREE resources to help you support them on their life’s journey! If you would like access to more specific resources to help you child, please send and email to: Theresa Martinez.

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If we want our children to be strong readers, which is a critical skill to having success in school, we need to read to our children, tell them stories, talk to our children, and show them letters and words everywhere we see them. Just these simple activities will make a huge impact on making our children strong readers. Here is a list of resources to help you become an amazing first teacher!

Dolly Parton Imagination Library: There are many studies that suggest that houses that own more than 25 books is a strong indicator of school success. If you would like to have a free, age appropriate book sent to your child in the mail, every month until the age of 5, please go to this link, and sign up. It is that easy!

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You may have heard this word while at your pediatricians office for a well-child check. Milestones are those important firsts that our children accomplish that tell us if our child is developing typically. These are important to monitor and encourage. Here are some great resources for helping you to track milestones and help children advance to the next ones.

Vroom App: Research shows there is no better time to create a strong foundation for lifelong learning than the first five years of life. It’s during this period that the brain develops most rapidly. And the things that matter most for healthy brain development, like talking and playing, don’t require more time, money, or stuff. That’s why Vroom is here.

Vroom believes all parents want what’s best for their children. So we joined with scientists, researchers, and parents to take the science out of the lab and put it in the hands of caregivers. Vroom provides science-based tips and tools to inspire families to turn shared, everyday moments into Brain Building Moments®. Download the App free, or find it at this website, you can also follow them on Facebook.

CDC’s Developmental Milestones Website, and Free App you can download to your phone.

OT ToolBox: If you want to learn about how to help your children develop their milestones, and meet all the skills they need to be ready to write when it is time and walk when it is time, check out these great tips to help your child along the way, you can also follow them on Facebook.

Food Hero: In order for our children to meet their milestones, it is so important for them to be healthy both nutritionally and physically. This website has some great recipes that are kid friendly and ways to get our children to move.

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Social Emotional

Our children do not come with manuals, and it can be frustrating to deal with their behaviors and understanding what they are trying to tell us. It is our job to help our children understand their feelings and help them work through them. This will make them healthy adults who are able to keep jobs and have healthy relationships with other people.

Conscious Discipline: Conscious Discipline will help you have a healthy relationship with your child, and will help you and your child develop coping skills with difficult life events.

Positive Parenting: Positive Parenting is an idea based on the assumption that all children are born good, are altruistic and desire to do the right thing. Knowing that, we can teach and discipline them without breaking their spirit. Once you understand the logic behind your child's misbehavior you can then correct their mistaken belief about how to feel loved, powerful and valued in the world. Positive Parenting teaches discipline that builds your children's self-esteem, while at the same time correcting their misbehavior. With a relationship built on trust and mutual respect, you will retain a positive influence with your children through their teen years and into adulthood.

Darkness to Light: It is very important to protect our children from abuse. This website has a training that all parents and anyone caring for children should take.

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It is never too early to start working on math with children. Math is talking about shapes, counting, pointing out numbers. These are simple and easy to do without having fancy toys or books.

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