Readiness for Kindergarten – Learning Fun At Home/Dishes

Once upon a time there were some dishes….
Reading books to your child is one of the most important ways to promote kindergarten readiness. But reading books and doing dishes are not doable at the same time. On the other hand, telling stories does work and it’s a form of play, too. Make up a story about doing the dishes: maybe there were some magic dishes that washed themselves or a mean witch who put a spell on a sink so that no matter how many dishes were washed more dirty ones appeared. (Sounds like my house, but it can’t be blamed on a witch.)

People don’t have to be the only ones talking. Ask the bowl if it liked the breakfast cereal. Have a conversation using your voice and a bowl-voice. I know this sounds silly, but children’s stories are often imaginative and include dialogue. This helps kids understand what ‘story’ is about. Your child may be old enough to take part, too. Plus, not having book pictures lets kids visualize and imagine their own mental images.

Just doing the dishes has involved lots of language, building a foundation for later reading, imagining and visualizing.  What story do your dishes tell?

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