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 age group the point is the same. The peak opportunity for developing and learning is in the first few years of childhood.
For an activity, to participate with this other young talent, have some fun with a ball, throwing, rolling, catching, kicking, bouncing or a combination of that and more. Thanks for the example, Coach Loew.
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 is learning that grown-ups have some learning or experience to share. This itself is a powerful lesson as it prepares the child for something that will happen over and over again at school. Today, to help prepare your child for kindergarten, share some tidbit of information. It can be as simple as saying: all these dishes have the same shape-circles, or: this water is too cold, I’ll add some hot water and then the hot and cold will mix and make warm. It can be pointing out the letters on the sign while riding on the bus or commenting on the weather. Your child needs lots and lots of situations of you sharing information so that s/he has that experience to build on with another adult. 2 for 1 adds up to readiness for school.
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 others, being part of a group and best of all – Celebrating! What are you making for the 4th?
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
July 1 is the official kick-off for summer. Many communities north of the border start it off with a parade. Kids of all ages love a parade. Being part of a community is important for social development. We all need to feel like we belong. Participating in community celebrations helps to foster this sense of belonging in … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Canada Day
To finish off the topic of playground fun I was doing some internet research. I found a website for playground safety and was astonished to read how many children are treated in hospital ER’s for injuries that happen on playgrounds. As the adults it’s our job to properly supervise, to see if the area is … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Playgrounds #9
“I one a playground. I two a playground. I three a playground. I four a playground. I five a playground. I six a playground. I seven a playground. I eight a playground.” Excuse-me, did you say you ate a playground? Instead of eating one, how about drawing one? Drawing is the first way that your … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #8
Sometimes a visit to the playground just won’t fit the day’s plan. Did you know you can turn your backyard into one? This is a project that can be done with your child and a friend or two that should take them some time. Materials needed are a fairly big box or two, a couple kitchen chairs, … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #7
Playing in the playground is not just good for kids’ physical development, it’s also great for their social and emotional development. (Social and emotional can be thought of as two sides of the same coin, one side for how we get along with others and one side for how we manage our own selves. They … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #6
This week, either to take advantage of summer weather or to encourage the sun to supply some summer weather, playground time has been the topic. There are countless different ways of building on that playground time to expand children’s learning. When kids are little learning is fun and all the teachable minutes add up to a considerable total by the … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #5