And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street has a great idea for today: going for a walk and seeing what’s on your street.
When it comes to readiness for kindergarten there isn’t really a specific set of information that is helpful for kids to know. What’s important is that kids have practice learning about what’s all around them, playing and interacting with others and their surroundings. A walk in the neighborhood is a perfect way to have fun and learn at the same time. These pictures are from a walk with 2 & 3 year olds on our “Mulberry Street.” There was lots to see and talk about. We heard different sounds too and shared with everyone else when we got home.
Our walk was so much fun and a highlight of the day. There was no curriculum but there was lots of learning. What’s on your “Mulberry Street?”
One of the news items circulating recently on the Internet talks about the discovery of Ghost Octopus and Yeti Crabs in the Antarctic. The scientists were “thrilled”, “amazed”, and “absolutely stunned.”
These comments reminded me what it’s like for kids when they discover something. But they don’t need to go all the way to the Antarctic, they can explore at home. Sometimes, there’s strange creatures lurking right under the bed! Dust bunnies are proof of that. Outside is almost another world, backyards, neighborhood parks or just along the street.
Early in the morning, there might be a squirrel sunning himself in the backyard.
The park may have trees with berries.
But even a dead, dried flower is worth exploring
and a leaf on the ground, left over from fall, is a discovery.
Observing is an important skill for kindergarten readiness; a meaningful connection to nature is a gift. What can you discover and explore with your child?
On the first day of winter…there is bound to be some wonderful gifts from nature. One of the best gifts we can give our kids is a connection to the natural world. This isn’t easy to do in cities. In his book “Last Child in the Woods” Richard Louv writes that our children are at risk of developing a Nature Deficit Disorder. To celebrate the season, spend some time outside with your child.
What things are there to see? Some trees have lost all their leaves, some are still green. In some areas the ground may be all white or maybe brown. A few lucky areas are quite green. Near the base of the evergreens there may be pine cones. Berries may still be clinging to some branches in other kinds of trees. Are there any animals? Do you hear any birds.
Observing what’s around them, is an important kindergarten readiness skill. Some things will be the same as before, some things will have changed. This prepares children for change in their own lives and, at the same time, gives them a sense of security in having some things the same. Talking about what they see helps stimulate language development. While these are important for readiness for kindergarten, the most valuable aspect is connecting to nature. Where will you go for a winter nature walk?
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I love turning over the calendar from September to October. The pictures nearly always show brightly colored fall leaves and pumpkins. This weekend I am going to carve out the time to go for a walk and enjoy the seasonal changes. While I may not see pumpkins I’m sure I’ll see some signs of fall. … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Pumpkin Season→
Did you know that more than 80% of families now live in urban areas? Ensuring that our children develop a connection to nature is more important than ever. Whether it’s a city park or wilderness area there are many things to explore and discover and much to see and wonder about. Kids and green go … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Have a Backpack Adventure→
Pirates aren’t the only ones that look for treasure. And there is treasure in the natural world. Many psychologists are finding that kids and adults need time outdoors. Camping is an ideal time to encourage this bond with nature. More than just readiness for kindergarten, this will be part of your child’s future. One way to reinforce the … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping Scavenger Hunt→
No, this isn’t a blog about dogs. I’m still posting about fun and learning when camping. This bog combines science, art, and, of course, readiness for kindergarten. Camping usually involves a place where there’s trees. For another woodsy idea, try bark rubbing with your child. An adult is needed to hold the paper along with … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Barking Up The Right Tree→
One person’s junk may be another person’s treasure, but when it comes to kids everything is treasure. Collecting “treasures” found when camping is a valuable kindergarten readiness activity. To start, kids practice paying attention to what they see and learn to search for their particular items. They check the characteristics of things they find to … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping Collections→