Holiday Activities

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Fun

With Halloween creeping closer and closer we can take advantage of the energy and enthusiasm and sneak in a little help around the haunted house.

Magic Spell to Make Toys Disappear:  Abra-ca-dabra, abra-da-dear. Toys in the toybox. Make them disappear!!  (The quicker, the better and use lots of spooky oo’s and creepy ee’s when picking them up and tucking them away. )

Magic Potion For Laundry:  Ha, ha, you dirty clothes. You will not be able to resist the magic potion of water and soap. Into the washing machine and do NOT come out until you are clean! Clean as can be.

Magic Potion For Dishes: Dirty dishes, dirty dishes. Water and soap and you shine like wishes.

Sound effects, cackles,  being the voices of the clothes or the dishes or the toys as they beg to not go in the water or toy box (“Oh, please, please. I am just a little sock, don’t put me in the washing machine.”  “In you go, sock. You thought you could hide under the bed, did you? But we were too smart for you. And, now, in you go -o-o.”) all add to the fun. This playing with language, adding the magic ingredient of imagination, pretending and taking on different roles, and interacting with others are all part of kindergarten readiness.  

There, didn’t that make having to do that work a whole lot better? Now,does anyone have a magic spell to make lunch or dinner?!

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Songs

Start off Monday with some singing all about Halloween. These songs use tunes that are already familiar:

(tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, how’d you get so big and round.
Started as a seed so small, growing ‘to a big, orange ball.
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground, how’d you get so big and round.

(tune Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes)
Pumpkins, Skeletons, Witches, Bats,
Witches, Cats, Witches, Hats,
Pumpkins, Skeletons, Witches,  Rats, Ghosts that go BOO!

With both of these songs, make appropriate actions to go with the words. Singing contributes to kindergarten readiness because it encourages listening skills, memory for sounds and words, rhythm, increases vocabulary, creates brain pathways for numbers by using spacing between notes and music scales,  and more. Not only is it fun, but we often sing with others so it helps learning group skills.
What will you be singing this week?

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Math Snack

Cooking with kids can be fun–if the recipe is easy. Kids enjoy creating and tasting. Plus, the measuring, counting and adding are math skills used in a meaningful way. This recipe is called Monster Mix and fits right in with Halloween. It’s great for having at home, or taking a small container with you to keep a little kids fed and occupied. (It can keep them from turning into monsters.)

Round up some cereals and finger foods that your child can eat safely such as corn puffs, cheerios, fishy crackers, dried cranberries, raisins, and sunflower seeds. Find a small plastic scoop or container and a big bowl. Help your child measure a scoop of each. After each scoop, add a commentary, “Oh, you used 1 scoop of cheerios and 1 scoop of crackers. 1 scoop and 1 scoop makes 2 scoops. ” If your child is ready for some more complicated math, you may be able to find 1 small container and 1 big one. Measure how many small containers or scoops fit in the big one before adding to the bowl. For a Halloween treat, a few chocolate chips can be included, too. Now your child has made a batch of Halloween Monster Mix and practiced some skills for kindergarten readiness, too. Enjoy! Do you have any other fun and easy Halloween recipe suggestions?

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Math

To understand numbers and develop number sense your child needs lots and lots of experience counting, making groups, and talking about numbers. Kids learn best through play, so here’s some ways to play with numbers and boost kindergarten readiness at the same time. Choose a couple of these ideas that match your child’s level. 1. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Math

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Patterns

This week, while buying both groceries and gas, I saw some spooktacular Halloween ideas. Most of them had some kind of pattern. A spider’s web is a very intricate pattern. A window border with ghost, witch, pumpkin, ghost, witch, pumpkin is another kind of pattern–in a sequence. Making patterns is a skill needed for more … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Patterns