Is there a mouse in the house? No, but there’s a moose on the loose. This moose has been on the loose long enough, for now at least. The moose has helped us with math, reading, drawing, cooking, science, movement and more–see previous blogs.
One area we haven’t covered is social and emotional development. Thidwick, the Big-Hearted Moose can help. In this Dr. Seuss book, Thidwick helps kids learn to respect each other and each other’s things. This is another important skill and not just for kindergarten, but for developing healthy relationships.
Since this is the last moose post, here’s another book. A Chocolate Moose for Dinner, by Fred Gwynne. It’s not a moose for dinner, but a mousse, chocolate of course, and other confusing expressions done in rhyme (great for phonological awareness). A chocolate mousse is just what we need to celebrate all the learning. Do you have an easy recipe for chocolate mousse?
Books, drawing, math, reading, cooking, and other skills have all been part of the moose on the loose series. Another simple activity that you can do in minutes at home is basic science.
Given the likelihood that your child has not yet seen a live moose, use an animal that is familiar, such as a cat or dog. Ask your child if this creature is a plant or an animal. Then, ask your child what is the difference between a plant and an animal.
While the answers may seen evident to us, this is part of the learning and discovery of young children. A 3 year old child may only be able to give 1 or 2 differences. A 4 or 5 year old may be ready for something far more advanced, such as do all plants need dirt? Engage the imagination by thinking how the world would be if trees had legs instead of roots. Why do animals need to be able to move around instead of growing in place like plants?
Whether or not your child knows the correct answers is not as important as the wondering, the questioning, the being aware. Watching an ant cross the sidewalk is science. Looking way up to the see the top of a big tree is science. Many of the answers for dealing with this terrible oil spill will come from science. Our kids need to begin to develop their science skills now, too, to help prepare them for their future challenges. Will you be seeing any moose on your summer vacation? What other science can we learn from moose?
No, that’s not a typo. It’s a play with words, because this blog is about mooving. Kids love to explore movement and need to find out all the different ways that they can coordinate their bodies. How would a moose move? Put thumbs on each side of the head, spread the fingers to be antlers and lumber around. How about a giraffe? Stretch way way up. An elephant? A bear, snake, fish, dog, cat, chicken, etc.
A few chores can be piggy-backed onto the movement exploration. How would a chicken put away the clean laundry? What parts of the body would a horse use to carry the toys out of the family room and back into the toy box? Fishes can wash the dishes. This makes working seem more like playing. Does this work for you?
What rhymes with moose? Yesterday’s blog talked about phonological awareness, the ability to divide words into sound bits and then put them together differently. This is a critical and fundamental skill for learning to read. Finding words that start with the same sound is one way of practicing, finding words that end the same is … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #7
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #6
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #5
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Moose #4
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