Both Columbus Day and Canadian Thanksgiving–earlier in Canada because there’s snow, not harvest, in November–have echoes of voyages. Voyages of discovery, adventure and celebration. Kindergarten is another voyage of discovery for our children. Today, wherever we are, as adults let’s make an effort to protect their sense of adventure and celebration. Happy Day!
P.S. How did sailors on Columbus’ ship sleep at night? With their eyes closed.
P.P.S. Why did the turkey cross the road? Because it was the chicken’s day off.
Now that our calendars have turned to October, kids from all over the continent are anticipating Halloween. From October 1st to October 31st seems like such an awfully long time. Speaking of time, time is a really a difficult concept to grasp–and not just for kids, some adults are time-challenged, too.
Lots of meaningful experiences help children develop their understanding of time. Counting down to Halloween is one of those experiences with lots of meaning. Find a calendar page of October and count the days with your child until the end of the month. Talk about how each numbered space represents one day and cross one off for today. How may days are left to Halloween, now? Look at how many are left to cross off. The number of days to wait gets less and less as more and more are crossed off. This is highly visual and provides lots of opportunities to talk about time and to practice words such as yesterday, tomorrow, days, month, later and soon. Halloween is also a super time to learn about day time and night time. Has this been timely for you?
Start the 4th off with a quick breakfast treat. Easy for kids to make and eat!!
Ingredients: vanilla or plain yogurt, blueberries, strawberries or raspberries
Method: in a clear, plastic glass layer the colors, yogurt then fruit.
Skills: patterning, counting (so everyone gets the same number of berries :)), organizing, creating, nutrition, hand-eye coordination, serving others, being part of a group and best of all – Celebrating! What are you making for the 4th?
July 1 is the official kick-off for summer. Many communities north of the border start it off with a parade. Kids of all ages love a parade. Being part of a community is important for social development. We all need to feel like we belong. Participating in community celebrations helps to foster this sense of belonging in … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Canada Day→
With the family coming home for Easter, I dug out some of the decorations that the kids, almost in theirthirties, expect to see. I remembered some of the things that I used to do, too. Growing up on a farm, there was lots of family members that gathered and where to sit everybody was a … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Early Writing→
Using the theme of Easter, kids have been able to practice some basic math, explore movement and enhance big muscle development, and enjoy an art activity and tradition this week in just minutes a day. Here’s another quick and easy idea but one of critical importance for learning to read. Those of you who read … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – What Rhymes With Bunny?→
After discussion at school and in the family about April Fool’s Day needing to be over at noon, I had a few ideas for the blog and fun tricks to play on family members, like putting a bread shaped slice of paper in lunch sandwiches, slicing a banana that’s still in the peel, putting one … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – April Fool’s Noon/Midnight→