Prep For Success
"Play is the highest level of child development." So wrote Friedrich Fröebel, the pioneer of early childhood education who created the idea of kindergarten in the 1800s. Fröebel believed each child learns actively, has unique gifts and strengths and benefits more from praise than punishment. He created a whole new approach to early learning, at home and at school.
Fröebel believed a child's early learning impacts larger society. As a whole, more than 150 years later, his ideas matter more than ever. Research shows learning begins at birth, and the quality of care from parents and caregivers – a child's first "teachers" – has a great impact on a child's life. Providing opportunities for early learning stimulates your child's brain, promotes curiosity, and helps him or her prepare for success in kindergarten and life.
For the back-to-school season, we'll explore what your child needs to know for kindergarten – and ways you can prepare for school success, starting at birth. Here, we offer ideas on healthy eating, being active, and learning important skills through talking, reading, and singing with your child. And we'll dive into the joys of summer, highlighting free, countywide fun for the whole family. With picnic recipes, fun activities for you and your children, coupons and more, this Parenting Guide celebrates summer, fall and all seasons of learning. And of course, in this issue First 5 LA gives three cheers for July 24. It's National Parents' Day!
- Talk, Read, Sing
- All You Need to Know About Kindergarten
- Raising a Healthy Eater
- Parks After Dark and More Free Summer Family Fun
- Parenting Activities Calendar Sneak Peek
- Lemon-Garlic Picnic Drumsticks
And Don't Forget Grandparents!
Grandparents enrich your child's life. Sunday, September 11 is National Grandparents Day – a time to connect, "do something grand," or serve grandparents or older adults in your community.