Tag Archives: Kellye Wood

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 […]

Cabinet Corner: Early Childhood

Much of the work done at Oakland Schools centers around children who are actually of school age – those in kindergarten through high school. But there’s a huge part of Oakland County’s population that are too young to be in school, yet, could really benefit from some extra resources. That’s where Oakland Schools Early Childhood […]

Top 10 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew About Testing 

Now that schools are back from Spring Break, a lot of student testing will begin. Here’s a list of what to do to help your child succeed: 1. Provide your child a nutritious breakfast. Breakfast continues to be the most important meal of the day. Children should have a balanced breakfast which includes complex carbohydrates […]

Tips for reading with your child

Before March is Reading Month comes to an end, Oakland Schools wanted to provide parents a few tips for reading to your child(ren).  Build “book look” times into your child’s daily routine, such as after a meal or just before nap or bed. Children come to quickly cherish these special times with their grown-ups. Look […]

Ask the Pre-K Lady: How to deal with Daylight Savings Time sleep routines

Like Super Nanny before the TV show, Clark Kent before the comic strip, Sasha Fierce back when Beyonce needed a last name and Bigfoot, to this day, the true identity of the Pre-K Lady is unknown.   Is she one person or many? Is she even a she? Is she – he – virtual or real?  Perhaps […]

Practical suggestions for starting school

School may have already started, but these practical suggestions could still help your young son/daughter (and you!) navigate the beginning with more ease. Here are some tried-and-true tips collected from parents and teachers over the years: A full-sized backpack with your child’s name on it. No scarves, stocking caps or clothing with long strings. These […]

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 […]