Holiday Activities

Kindergarten Readiness – 4th in a Glass

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?

Kindergarten Readiness – Canada Day

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 kids. Enjoy the day whether you are watching a parade, waving a maple leaf, singing the national anthem, or eating a snow cone.  What flavor is belonging?


Kindergarten Readiness – Early Writing

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 puzzle. We’d solve the problem with place cards. Writing names is one of the first real writing activities of children. Kids’ early attempts at writing are often just lists of names. Place cards is a tremendous way for children to participate in such a grownup activity. If kidlets are too young for printing on their own, they can trace the letters with crayons for color or add pictures to the place cards. What a boost to their self-esteem to see their work in such an important place on the table for everyone. What’s in a name? Early writing, validation, contribution, importance and, years later, family memories, too. Happy Easter!

Kindergarten Readiness – What Rhymes With Bunny?

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?