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Kindergarten Readiness – Connections

In my last blog post, I talked about how events in Japan remind us that we share the world. Over the weekend, several times I thought to myself that it really is a small world. The owner of our favorite restaurant has 2 sons. The younger one left Friday morning for a 2 week student exchange to Japan. The area where my parents live in Canada had been an evacuation center for Japanese families during the war and many of them stayed and settled there. Some of their neighbors have friends and relatives in Japan. There were other examples of connections, too. As I tried to put my thoughts in order for the blog, I realized that connections is another key,  just like preparation and science.

Learning is all about making connections. For little ones, we can sometimes practically see their brains figuring things out. “If I stretch I can reach that kitty’s tail, ” or “My truck stops in the sand but not in the grass.”  Even as adults, we learn new material when the dots all connect. To promote kindergarten readiness today help your child make connections. For example, when reading a book you may find something that happens in the story that’s like something happening in your home or care center. Needing a coat or hat is connected to the weather. The hand bone’s connected to the arm bone. The toaster doesn’t work unless the plug is connected to the electricity. Making connections is a key strategy for learning and for life. What connections will you and your little one make today?

Kindergarten Readiness – Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami

Yesterday morning’s news about the disaster in Japan reminds us all that we share the world. Our neighbors can be across the ocean as well as across the street. The situation is very grim for Japan and our thoughts and help go out to everyone there.

All of us have a response to these situations, even children. Frightening news can affect them in many different ways. While younger kids will not understand news broadcasts they are sensitive to the emotions of everyone around them. Older ones may act out or some will retreat inwards needing reassurance and understanding from us.

Much of the media coverage has talked about two important issues,  preparation and science. Being prepared has helped to deal with the disaster. Here, our kids at school practice what to do in the event of a fire or earthquake. At home, it’s also important to practice. Science and technology have a key role, too:  new ways of construction to make buildings safer, controlled testing of the force of water, the physics of waves, special forms of seaside restraining walls and more.

Sometimes on the blog I’ve talked about the learning and importance of science as part of kindergarten readiness and fun ways to plan and create . Helping our kids learn to plan and organize and to explore and discover isn’t just preparing them for school, it’s preparing them for the future.