Published on July 15th, 2016 | by SOMDParents0
School Readiness and Friday Fundays at PRC
The Promise Resource Center will host school readiness workshops for parents and child care providers looking to give their children a little more preparation before school begins.
As August and the back to school season approaches, parents will begin to wonder if their baby is ready to start school.
“Have we done enough to help them be successful? Will they fall behind the other kids because they have trouble reading? Are they really school ready?”
What is school readiness?
The concept of school readiness typically refers to a child’s ability to embrace emotional, behavioral and cognitive skills needed to work, learn and function successfully in school.
How do Maryland Schools Assess School Readiness?
Maryland public schools assess children through a standard practice called the Maryland Model for School Readiness. “The Maryland Model for School Readiness (MMSR) is an assessment and instructional system designed to provide parents, teachers, and early childhood providers with a common understanding of what children know and are able to do upon entering school. Under the MMSR system, all children entering kindergarten are assessed for level of mastery across several learning domains.”
“The MMSR is important because it provides a common goal and language of how parents, teachers, and providers can support young children’s learning. MMSR incorporates research-based instruction, age-appropriate assessment of children’s learning, and effective communication among teachers, parents, and early childhood providers. Teachers and providers receive on-going professional development to implement these practices.”
Some of the most basic school readiness foundations include physical well-being and motor development. If children do not possess both of these things, it will be harder for them to focus and grasp what they are learning upon entering school.
Are your children ready in the physical well-being and motor development area? Some standards include:
- The child independently uses gross motor control at a consistent level needed to function at school.
- The child independently uses fine motor control at a consistent level needed to function at school.
- The child’s behavior promotes physical well-being.
So what is physical well-being and motor development?
Physical well-being means that basic needs have been met: food, clothing, shelter, and regular health and dental care. A healthy child whose basic needs have been met is able to focus on, and/or engage in, experiences crucial to the learning process.
Motor development involves muscle control. Fine motor control, or small muscle movement, refers to such abilities as manipulation of materials and tools like pencils and crayons, hand dominance, and eye-hand coordination. Gross motor control, or large muscle movement, refers to such characteristics as balance, coordination, purposeful control, and stability of body movements and functions.
Children who enter school with early skills, such as a basic knowledge of math and reading, are more likely than their peers to experience later academic success, attain higher levels of education, and secure employment.
The Promise Resource Center will be offering school readiness workshops for young children between 2 and 5 years old on Fridays in August. These child-centered workshops are open to parents and providers in southern Maryland and will include school readiness activities including reading comprehension and art activities that involve fine motor control. There is a $5 fee per child over the age of 2. Activity materials, age-appropriate books, and a snack will be included.
The first Friday Funday will be on August 5 from 10-11am. The theme is Pete the Cat and all attendees will go home with Pete the Cat books! Adult attendees will also be entered to win a Dr. Seuss prize pack that includes Dr. Seuss wall decor, pencils, stickers and more! The following Friday Fundays will be held on August 12 and August 19 and feature Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (alphabet recognition) and Dinosaurs (fine and large motor development). Pre-registration is required. Call The Promise Resource Center at 301-290-0040 to sign up! More information can be found in the flyer below!