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Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #4

Imagination is like any other skill. For some people it is easier than for others, but for all of us, it gets better with practice. playground and imagination

A playground offers just as much opportunity for exercising the imagination as it does for exercising the body. The monkey bars can be a deep, dark  jungle or an exciting circus or a space capsule. The swing can be a waterfall or a high mountain. The fort may be a pirate boat lurking on the ocean or a base station on another planet. Children sometimes need adult help to expand their imaginations beyond what they have recently seen on TV, movies or video. Kids also like to try various roles for themselves, monsters, princesses, animals, heroes, warriors, etc.

In addition to imagining various places and different roles, the imagination can also dream up new ways to play with the equipment. The ground often becomes the swamp or the burning hot lava and the trick becomes how to move on the equipment without getting a foot on the ground.

Sometimes, we have to imagine that the weather is better than it is, which may be the hardest task of all!
How do you exercise your imagination on the playground?

Kindergarten Readiness – Playground Fun #3

So far playground time has helped kids learn some basic reading skills-making connections between text and experience-and promoted physical development. That’s something to sing  and swing about.

Here’s a simple song that uses the Mulberry Bush tune:

playground songThis is the way we swing on the swing,
swing on the swing, swing on the swing.
This is the way we swing on the swing,
at the playground.

This is the way we slide on the slide
…. at the playground.

This is the way we climb the bars
… at the playground.

This is the way we run on the grass
… at the playground.

Why sing? Good question. Singing helps develop language, vocabulary, sentence structure and syntax knowledge. Plus, it encourages rhythm and the coordination of music and movement. Music, in turn, helps promote math skills. The spaces between notes prepare the brain wiring for understanding the spaces between numbers and the up and down sequence of notes mirrors how numbers go up and down in value. Music is often a shared activity. It can be the vehicle for making friends. I know it’s not easy as a parent or caregiver to sing with the kids at the playground but it really adds to the learning value. And the FuN!! Is this doable for you? Does knowing how important it is help?

Kindergarten Readiness – Pack Imagination on Vacation

The news today announced the death of Hiram Brown, a radio drama legend. He called radio ” the theater of the mind” and talked about ” the magic is the imagination”. One of the most powerful tools that kids have is their imagination. Today, reflecting on his insights, here are some ways to use children’s imagination within the context of vacation.

  • Ask your child to imagine what might happen if the car grew wings. Where would you go? What would you see?
  • Maybe, the airplane flies into outer space and lands on a strange planet. What happens there?
  • Your suitcase can talk. What would it say? Can it talk language of anywhere you go?
  • The map unfolds and unfolds and unfolds and it’s a magic carpet.
  • The bed in the hotel is covering the entrance to a secret staircase that goes all the way to ….
  • As you read a book, you can walk right into the pages. What does it look like inside a book?

Make sure you take your imagination on your vacation. You can travel the world and beyond with imagination.

Kindergarten Readiness – Vacation Songs

Singing is another terrific way to help kids learn. Not only do they practice musical skills but also important ones for learning vocabulary,  rhythm, word order and language patterns, but it also strengthens their auditory memory and provides good listening practice. There are some fabulous children’s entertainers with simple and catchy songs but plain, ordinary, everyday singing … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Vacation Songs