Category back to school

Kindergarten Ready, Set, Go!

In the next few weeks, many children will be starting kindergarten. In fact, some already have! Here are some tips from Oakland Schools’ Early Childhood expert on this important transition. How can you help your child be ready to make the most of his or her kindergarten experience? Talk, talk, talk – children need to […]

How to get healthy for back-to-school season

Does your back-to-school checklist include getting your kids vaccinated? As a parent, making sure your child is vaccinated before the school year begins is an important step toward ensuring their long-term health and abiding by the state immunization laws. Vaccination not only protects your child, but also helps protect the health of classmates, friends, relatives […]

Beginning Preschool or Kindergarten: Easing the Transition

Congratulations! You and your child are beginning an exciting year! Each child adjusts to school in his or her own way. Some children act no different or are thrilled to be a “big kid” who goes to school. It is not unusual, though, that these very same children may cry or cling to mom or […]

The Three Rs – Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

Kellye R. Wood, director of Early Childhood for Oakland Schools, offers advice on how teachers can better build relationships with students as we move into the new school year.  What is one of our main “jobs” as educators at the beginning of the school year? It is to build relationships. Why? Because learning is ultimately […]