READY! workshops are designed to build upon each other; to “ramp up” as the child grows from birth to age five (before kindergarten). Thus, the more workshops a parent attends as his child grows, the more he learns about how to help the child reach age-appropriate targets. And, at each of the workshops the parent (or grandparent) receives new, high-quality, research based toys, books, games, music and activities which are fun and easy to use at home in “play with a purpose.”
Here’s how the READY! program operates: Ideally, the parent of a new baby attends the fall session – which focuses on language and literacy – for parents of children 0 – 1 year. She will then attend the winter workshop for this age group, which emphasizes the development of age-appropriate math and reasoning skills. Next, the parent attends the spring workshop for parents of 0 – 1 year-olds, where he learns about his infant’s social-emotional growth. The following fall, the parent goes to a workshop on language and literacy skills for the next age group, which is 1 – 2 year-olds. In the winter, she attends a workshop on literacy/math and reasoning for 1 – 2 year-olds. And in the spring, the parent attends a workshop on 1 – 2 year-olds’ literacy/social-emotional skills.
This pattern of attending successive sessions continues until the final READY! workshop a parent can take – the spring session for 4 – 5 year-olds, focusing on literacy/social-emotional skills.
So if a parent begins attending READY! workshops the first year of his/her child’s life, the parent has the opportunity to attend 15 different, age-appropriate workshops for their child before the child starts school. This means parents can receive 15 different “tool kits,” which are sets of free, age-appropriate, high-quality new toys, books, games, music and activities.
Research studies show that the more READY! workshops parents attend, the higher their child’s testing scores will be on entering kindergarten. Higher test scores often indicate that a child is eager and ready to be a happy, successful student, year after year. (For full reports on research, go to the national website at www.readyforkindergarten.org).