Ages 5 - 7

Little Kids

Ready to Roll (and Read!)

You were your child’s first teacher. Now they’re off to Big Kid School, and it’s a big transition! Get ready: These years are all about fostering enthusiasm for learning, comfort at school, and of course the building blocks of academics.

Here’s What’s Going On

In these early elementary years, play and learning go hand in hand: Your child will develop the building blocks of literacy and numeracy, hopefully in a joyful, language-rich classroom environment. Learning should be fun.

While kids do develop at their own pace, your child should be well on their way to fluent reading by the end of second grade, because that’s going to set them up for success later in school. We’ll walk you through some things to keep an eye on, questions to ask your child’s teacher, and how to support their learning at home.

What to Focus On

How to Help Your Little Kid

3 Ways to Support Your Child’s Development at Home


Read together and separately. As your child develops their reading skills, try incorporating two kinds of books into your at-home reading: those your child can read aloud to you or on their own, and more advanced books that you read aloud to them. Reading aloud to your child for 15 minutes every night as part of their bedtime routine is a great way to get into the habit. And, hey, listening to audiobooks counts as reading too (and can be an easier sell for reluctant readers, who might like listening along while they play, color, or do something else they enjoy).


Encourage open-ended play. Their imagination is taking off, and they're learning so much through play. Set them up with the tools they need to explore their interests, from simple (and inexpensive!) toys like blocks and crayons to recycled items like empty cereal boxes and egg cartons. Who knows what they'll come up with! Camp Kinda, Jr. has tons of at-home activities for rainy days, too. 


Use screen time to your advantage. If you were expecting judgment for allowing your kid time in front of a screen, you won’t find it here. (We’re parents too.) But as you’ve probably seen, not all screen time is created equal. Vegging out in front of their favorite shows is fine some of the time, but you can also point them toward high-quality apps and games that will reinforce the skills they’re learning in school. Here’s our list of favorite educational apps for elementary students.

It's time to

Start Planning for Summer

Yes, now. While it's still cold out. Whether you plan to send your kid to summer camp, have them hang out with a sitter or family member, or do something else, now is the time to start thinking about it all—because if you do want to register for any kind of activities or childcare, sign-ups often happen well in advance of summer. Here's our easy-peasy guide to summer planning to get you started. As a first step, check your school year calendar so you know exactly when school lets out (and when it starts again in the fall). Once you know which weeks you need to fill with something, you can start the fun (?) part of actually figuring out what to do with your child.

What’s Next For Your Child’s School Journey

Big Kids

(Ages 8-10)

It’s time for upper elementary school!

It’s time for upper elementary school! They’ll make the transition from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” build their executive functioning skills, become more proficient using technology as part of their learning, and start getting ready for middle school. (Gulp.)

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