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WMTV/Ch. 15 shares expertise of UW-Madison’s Graue on making transition back to school

September 03, 2019

WMTV recently shared the expertise of UW-Madison’s Beth Graue ​for a report on making a successful transition back to school.

Graue is the Sorenson Professor with the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and the director of the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE).

Elizabeth Graue speaks with WMTV“It’s important for parents to understand it’s a transition both for the child, and for the parent, because what the parent is doing will change, because the child changed,” Graue tells WMTV. “Helping parents realize there’s a lot that you can do to ease the transition is really important.”

Graue, a former kindergarten teacher, explains that parents can help get students familiar with a routine ahead of the school year. She suggests to WMTV that parents help their children practice going to school the way the will when school starts; for example, if they are taking the bus, take a car and drive the route the school bus is going to go.

In the WMTV article, Graue also notes that social growth is an important part of the transition into kindergarten. She says, “The kind of social network that the child has, shifting in a huge way, is an important thing to pay attention to.”

​Check out the WMTV report here

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