Holiday Activities

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Colors

What color is a pumpkin? A ghost? A bat? Learning the names of basic colors is another kindergarten readiness skill. Many school activities will use colors.  Learn-to-read books often use color words, math problems can be made with colors; 2 red legos and 3 blue legos make how many legos? Pattern sequences may use them, too; yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, red, etc.
What are some ways to help your child learn colors? Use them when talking–do you want the red cup or the green cup? Practice them at the grocery story-lemons and bananas are yellow. Notice them when going for a walk. Read about them, play I Spy, draw with them, even eat them! Halloween has lots of great colors! Orange you glad you know about 1 2 3 Kindergarten?

Kindergarten Readiness – 2 Holidays, 1 Lesson

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.

(the ship my son is on)

Kindergarten Readiness – Halloween Countdown

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?

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 … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – 4th in a Glass

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?