Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
How about more than 100 backpacks? My friend, Adrianna Reo, has a mission to raise funds in order to donate backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless kids. She wants needy kids to feel as empowered as the others at school and writes that the impact is so powerful that it is enough to motivate some kids to stay at school. Could be because these backpacks are filled with more than just books and pencils…they are filled with hope and encouragement.
All month long I’ve written posts about backpacks and readiness for kindergarten learning activities such as counting, rhyming, colors, singing, stories, reading, etc. Even social skills such as sharing and taking turns when taking a backpack to a friend’s house for a playdate.
Another important learning skill is making choices. Just like the rest, this is something that needs practice. While most kids are somewhere in the middle, some have a very difficult time making independent choices and some want to choose everything all the time. If possible when shopping for backpacks–and Adrianna recommends the week after school starts for great sales–let your little one have some input about the choice. Surprisingly, for some color is more important than popular figures. Features like lots of little pockets are appealing to others.
Helping little ones learn how to make choices is another kindergarten readiness skill that will have an impact long after backpacks have been replaced by workbags.
For almost the whole month, blog posts have been all about backpacks and various readiness for kindergarten learning activities. Can you guess what this one is about? It’s about just that…guessing. Round up a few small objects that are familiar to your child and a backpack. If your munchkin is still quite young you may choose toContinue Reading
On the weekend at a regional Baby Fair, the award-winning children’s band The Kerplunks performed to an appreciative audience of little kids and big ones, from very new baby bumps all the way to accompanying grandparents. Since my book table was right across from the main stage I got to hear them all 4 times.Continue Reading
Today, “…the rain rain rain came down down down,” to quote Winnie the Pooh. For kids of all ages it was an inside day. Even when little ones can’t go outside they need to wear off some energy. Finding enough things to do in a space that seems to get smaller as the day getsContinue Reading
What’s in a name? For anybody who doesn’t know the answer to that just check out the size of the lost and found box at any facility with little ones. Boxes are usually overflowing with items that have no names. To help keep backpacks from wandering away–and to have some kindergarten readiness practice– kids mightContinue Reading
Where do pirates put their treasure? In pirate chests. Where do kids put their treasures? In backpacks. Now, if there isn’t any treasure in the backpacks at your house, it’s time to go find some. For many families, the weekend has better opportunities to spend time outdoors than the weekdays. This weekend, your family mayContinue Reading
Remember reading and talking about the monster in the backpack last week? That was so much fun, here’s a kindergarten readiness craft activity to create a backpack monster. Materials needed are any wonderful odd bits and treasures from the recycling. Monsters can be made from practically anything and put together in lots of different ways.Continue Reading
Pablo Picasso once said “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Paintbrushes and colors are often favorites of children and painting activities develop many readiness for kindergarten skills. Besides drawing about a backpack, your child may enjoy painting about it. One of the most importantContinue Reading
Did you hear the news that doodle art is making a comeback? No wonder–it’s terrific exercise for the brain. Often we forget to encourage the creative and artistic interests of children. To extend the imagination activity from yesterday, have your child draw a picture about the backpack in your story. Drawing helps develop readiness forContinue Reading
Did you know that the human brain is hard-wired for story? George Lakoff, a university scientist, wrote in his book Metaphors We Live By that our minds crave stories and are part of the structure of our brains. What does this mean for kindergarten readiness? That stories are a powerful teaching and learning tool! ToContinue Reading