At Halloween, ghost stories are traditional but extra scary. Telling stories is another way to explore and create with language, use special vocabulary, help kids practice putting events in order, visualize and imagine, and more. Kids learn to use clues to figure out what is real and what is pretend. These are all great skills for kindergarten readiness. What other kinds of stories then can we tell to and make up with little ones? Just about anything. Here’s some ideas to get you started.
Once upon a time there was a witch who had a very mixed up broom. When she wanted to fly up the broom went down, when she wanted to fly down the broom went up. One day she wanted to go visit her friend but …
Once upon a time there was a skeleton who liked to dance. He liked to shake and twirl and jiggle his bones. But sometimes he danced so hard that he just shook himself all apart. It wasn’t easy getting all his bones back in the right places. He needed an idea…
Stories have the advantage that they can be told anywhere: on the bus, waiting in line at the check-out, making supper, even in the tub. While some people call stories a language bath, I like to think of them as a deposit in kids language accounts. The more deposits, the more experience kids have with language and the better prepared they are for learning.
Since it’s Halloween, maybe, could we say that stories are brain treats? (P.S. This is a photo of mini-chocolates. Mmm.)
Reading books to little ones is one of the most vital kindergarten readiness activities that you can do at home or in your care center. Currently, Halloween storybooks are everywhere, including at the grocery store. I purchased a few for school at a dollar store. The photo shows two stories that I love to read at Halloween. In Halloween With Morris and Boris, Morris the Moose doesn’t know anything about the Halloween scene until Boris the Bear explains it all. This is a very funny book that kids will love. Mousekin’s Golden House is an old favorite and and has a super idea for what to do with a left-over jack-o-lantern. These two stories are wonderful treats! What’s your favorite story to read outloud? Are the kids goblin them up?
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?!
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Songs
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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Math Snack
Play time is absolutely essential to children’s development. Yesterday’s blog was a quick craft for making a kleenex ghost. Today, if the same ghost isn’t worn out, it can be used in all different kinds of play activities. Maybe that ghost would like to help build a house out of blocks. Of course, it could … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Playtime
If your ghost from yesterday and the day before is still intact, here is another Halloween fun and kindergarten readiness activity. This time, your ghost needs a friend, either another kleenex ghost or one made from a bit of white fabric and elastic band–or even a small, white sock. Pour some water into a clear … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Ghost Fun
Ahh…ahh…ahh…boo! Instead of using a tissue for a sneeze, use it for a craft. Roll one tissue (or a bit of waste paper) into a tight ball about the size of a grape, drape a second tissue over the first and pinch it to make a neck. Wrap a twist tie around the neck and spread out the ends … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Craft
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
Here’s an idea that won’t drive you batty, (pardon the pun). What rhymes with bat? Help your child think of lots of words that end just like bat, such as mat, cat, rat, etc. Spell out the ‘at’ part maybe using magnetic fridge letters. Show your child how putting a b in front makes bat; … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Rhymes