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 can be a good listener.
    • I have ideas to share. 
    • I understand that others may have different ideas.
    • I can play with and help my friends.
    • How were you a collaborator today?
    • How did you help someone?

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    Critical and Creative Thinker

    • I try to create solutions. 
    • I use my resources to learn.
    • I use my imagination.
    • I show creativity in different ways.
    • I am beginning to identify good ideas.
    • I am learning to use information to make 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 recognize the feelings of others.
    • I am a helper in my classroom.
    • I am learning to communicate with others.
    • I keep my classroom clean and safe.
    • I follow classroom rules.
    • I treat others with respect and kindness.
    • I am learning to make 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 am learning to take care of myself.
    • I am nice to others.
    • I keep trying.
    • I make plans
    • I stay on track.
    • I can try again.
    • 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?