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1. Checklist of Important Elements for Supporting Early Literacy
2. Fun Activities for Boosting Phonological Awareness
Help promote phonological awareness in your students and try one of these 11 activities in your classroom—or share them with parents to try at home. Play Silly Words, a game to help promote phoneme awareness and isolation, and Robot Talk, a game that teaches phoneme blending. Download your phonological awareness activities.
3. Scientific Observation Activity
4. Checklist for Working With Parents
Print this parent communication checklist to refer to before parent conferences and throughout the year. It includes important reminders. For example, “Am I positively reinforcing parents for their cooperation?” or “Did I proofread everything for clarity?” Periodically refer to this handout to build strong relationships with parents. Download your parent communication checklist.
5. Stress-Busters for Young Children
Stress isn’t an emotion felt only by adults. Whether it’s losing a game or dealing with divorce, little kids can be affected by stress in big ways. This pretty printable is perfect as classroom reference material as well as a parent resource. It provides 20 practical stress-busting ideas. For instance, try using a peace rose in your classroom for conflict resolution or baking and squishing activities for frustration relief. Download your stress-busters printable.
6. Playtime Tips for Children With Autism
Playtime can be stressful for parents who have a child with autism, but you can help make it more enjoyable for everyone by sharing this handout. It gives parents easy-to-implement tips, like “sit at your child’s level” and “praise with facial expressions, hugs, and tickles.” Download your autism playtime tips handout.
7. Top Nine Ways Children Benefit From Preschool Inclusion