Moose starts with the letter m. Moose starts with the sound mmm. What other words start with the mmm sound? For example, mitten, mother, milk, etc.
This simple activity is fundamentally important. The skill of figuring out and using sound bits is called phonological awareness. Children’s ability in this area is so critical that it is used as a predictor of reading success and education achievment. The best time to work on this skill is prekindergarten. Make this a game, short and fun. Here are some variations. Who gets to do 3 jumping jacks by thinking of a word that starts like mmmoose? Do moon and mitten start with the same sound? Yes, and you get to touch your toes 2 times. How about moose and bunny? You got the no so you get to hop like one. No, not hop like a moose, hop like a bunny. Hop all the way to the moon. Hey, did you notice that starts with mmm, too? Riding on the bus, requires a different approach, but this activity can be done almost anywhere and anytime. Even just a few little rounds will help develop your child’s ability in this area. Let your moose loose with sounds and fun.
This moose topic really is on the loose! The activities just keep horning their way in–oops, I mean antlering their way in. But it shows how parents and caregivers can take an idea that captures kids and expand it to include all kinds of readiness projects.
For today, some moose math. Draft some small blocks or lego in a brown color to be the moose and another color to be the muffins, about 10 of each and use a muffin pan, if you have one. If you give 1 moose 1 muffin (use one block of each color side by side), how many muffins do you need for 2 moose? How about 3? Keep asking how many muffins are needed and encourage your child to provide the answer. This is called one-to-one correspondence and is a basic math concept. For more advanced math, make up some scenarios: these moose are really hungry and would like 2 muffins each. 1 moose needs 2 muffins, so 2 moose need how many? Let’s use the blocks to figure it out. This is just a starting idea; you and your kids can probably add some more, pardon the pun. By the way, what kinds of muffins do moose eat, anyway? What kind do you eat?
Some kids love to draw and their talent shows at the age of 3 or 4! For other children drawing can be a struggle. As an adult, I try to draw and some of my efforts are almost acceptable. I find step by step drawing books helpful and fun.
Since the topic this week seems to be moose (it all started with an apron that said Moose on the Loose-let’s make a moose in the kitchen) I’ve discovered some super ideas for having fun and helping get kids ready for kindergarten at the same time.
Here’s a YouTube video that shows step by step instructions, has the text on one side, a drawing pad on the other and is drawn by a kidlet. Drawing is a kind of language and one of the multiple intelligences. No need for doodle-bugs to feel at all guilty. Any suggestions for naming this moose?
The moose may be on the loose but down on the farm the duck is on a bike. This is the title of a book that kids love “Duck on a Bike”. Reading to kids and telling them stories is a vital activity at the top of the list for kindergarten readiness. Simply stated, kids who are read … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #3→
As long as we are making mooses in the kitchen, here is another cooking with kids activity–face sandwiches. Start with a slice of bread. Next, cover the slice with a slice of cheese or meat or another filling such as tuna salad. Next comes the fun part, the face. Cucumber, carrot, radish or tomato slices make … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #2→
An apron in a store window said “Let’s make a moose in the Kitchen. What a great idea so today’s tip is a quick, Non-messy fun with kids project. Let your munchkin help you wash some fruit, an apple, orange, strawberries, etc. Bananas are a good soft fruit for practicing slicing, using a plastic knife. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose on the Loose→
I wished, today, I could send some comments from FIFA to all governments that control the funding and support of early childhood programs. An analysis of Germany’s amazing performance contributed it to the emphasis the coach placed on “…the development of young talent”. While the coach may not have been referring to quite the same … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Lessons from FIFA→
Yesterday, we went to the beach with the family and other friends. As I was showing a 2 year old some rocks and crabs on the beach, I knew that she wouldn’t remember the ‘lesson’. But with the often repeated activity of an adult sharing some information with her or pointing something out to her she … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – 2 in 1 Lesson→
Start the 4th off with a quick breakfast treat. Easy for kids to make and eat!! Ingredients: vanilla or plain yogurt, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries Method: in a clear, plastic glass layer the colors, yogurt then fruit. Skills: patterning, counting (so everyone gets the same number of berries :)), organizing, creating, nutrition, hand-eye coordination, serving … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – 4th in a Glass→
I love a parade-even in the rain. So do kids. A great activity for any day is to have a parade at home. Find some dress up clothes, some batons or instruments and march all around the yard or the house. Two disposable pie plates make cymbals by taping some spools to their centers. Plastic … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Parades→