Motivating children to want to learn about all those squiggles on a page and what they mean can be done by cooking together. Here’s a fun recipe to make mud that good enough to eat! Measure into the blender 1 cup of milk, 1/2 banana, 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder, and 2 or 3 ice cubes. Blend, pour and slurp. (from Pretend Soup).
A task that uses reading helps reinforce the concept that reading has meaning. While this is obvious to us, it is not so evident to little ones. Experiences like these help children figure out what reading is all about. Enjoy your muddy treat. Do you have any great mud recipes? Add them in the comment section for some more meaningful reading.
Writing experiences can start before children are independently reading. A fundamental concept for learning to read is the understanding that print is a kind of talking written down. The squiggles on the page carry meaning.
The earlier mud activities, walking in the rain to see puddles, talking about them, playing with muddy-colored play-dough, listening to ryhmes and stories have given children lots to think about. Now, it’s time to let your child express his/her own ideas. Provide some brown and other colors of crayons or markers and let your child draw a mud puddle. Now, talk about it and help your child make up a story about the mud puddle. Once upon a time there was a mud puddle. One day it….You may write out some of the story and ‘read’ it a few times. This activity will help your child associate print and meaning which is essential for reading success. (The little brown dots are the puddles above.)
Of all the activities that parents and caregivers can do to get children ready for school, reading books and stories with them is the most important! Since we’re talking about mud, here are a few of my favorite muddy books.
Pigs in the Mud, in the Middle of the Rud by Lynn Plourde
Puddleman by Ted Staunton I Love Mud & Mud Loves Me by Vicki Stephens
Ducks in Muck by Lori Haskins and, Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
The only good mud is in a book. Can you suggest some other great stories about mud? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s playing in the mud.
Yesterday, we walked outside to observe puddles. Today, those same puddles will help kids learn some new vocabulary. Were the puddles deep or shallow, big or small, wide or narrow? What other words will tell us about puddles? Splishy and splashy, murky or flashy. Here’s a poem about puddles: Rain, rain, falls on the street. … Continue reading Kindergarten Readiness – Puddle Vocab and Poetry