Portrait of a Graduate Family Resources: PreK


Family Conversations

  • Consider telling your child when they are demonstrating a skill at home or in a social setting. Example:
    • During soccer practice this morning, when you missed the goal you didn’t give up and kept trying hard to get the ball back to score. (Goal-directed and resilient)
    • When you were playing with your sister, you were being kind to her by sharing your toys and letting her choose a game to play. (Collaborator)
  • Share examples of how you were a [collaborator, communicator, etc.] during your day or within your job. Provide specific examples and explain how using these skills helped you. (e.g., I was a collaborator at work today when I _____. This was helpful because ___________.)
  • Instead of asking “What did you do in school today?”, consider asking one of the questions below:


Skills for PreK

Questions to Ask Your Student

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  • I listen to stories and explore books.
  • I listen to understand.
  • I make my wants, needs, and ideas known.
  • I draw to share my ideas.
  • I explore technology.
  • How were you a communicator today?
  • What ideas did you share?
  • How were you a good listener?
  • In what ways did you write or draw to show your ideas?

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  • I respectfully listen to the ideas of others.
  • I share my ideas.
  • I try to see things from other people’s side.
  • I help my team finish our work.
  • I help my team not give up when things get hard.
  • How were you a collaborator today?
  • How did you help someone?

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Critical and Creative Thinker

  • I ask questions to help me solve problems
  • I can create solutions that are new.
  • I use my imagination to think about new ideas.
  • I show that I am creative.
  • I can say why an idea is a good one.
  • I use information from other sources to form my own ideas.
  • How were you a critical and creative thinker?
  • How did you use your imagination today?

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Ethical and Global Citizen

  • I try to understand how someone else is thinking and feeling.
  • I help my community.
  • I am learning to talk, read, or write in another language.
  • I understand the environment should be clean and safe.
  • I have rights and responsibilities as a member of my school community.
  • I treat others with respect and kindness.
  • I show I am a friend by making good choices.
  • How were you ethical and global citizen?
  • How did you try to understand how _______ was feeling?
  • How were you kind to others?
  • What good choices did you make?
  • How were you a good friend?

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Goal-Directed and Resilient Individual

  • I work to take good care of my body.
  • I treat other people with kindness.
  • I don’t give up when something is hard.
  • I make a plan to finish what I start.
  • I stay on task during work time.
  • I learn from my mistakes and keep trying.
  • How were you goal-directed and resilient?
  • From the mistake ___________, what did you learn?
  • How did you keep trying when _____ seemed hard?
  • Why is it important to keep trying?