None of us will dispute that kids need physical activity for healthy development. Physical activity is also important for brains, as kids learn to coordinate their actions, orient themselves in space and explore their own capabilities. All of these are part of readiness for kindergarten, too.
Camping is a great time for lots of physical activity. Hiking is very popular. Going for a hike can be fun for everyone in the family. Plus, there’s so much to see along the way and more. The preparation will involve some planning skills and kids get to practice being safe. Time outdoors will build nature awareness. Distance and time will use some basic math. Cooperating and getting along need social skills. It’s a great balance of work and play. A hike is kindergarten readiness on the move.What’s your family’s favorite trail?
When kids arrive in kindergarten, there will be some important safety rules for the kids to follow. Practicing some rules at home or in daycare makes it much easier to learn new ones. Kids already know what safety means and have experiences with rules. Part of readiness for kindergarten is awareness of safety and safety rules.
Camping definitely has some safety concerns for parents and caregivers. Staying close enough to the camping area and staying far enough from the campfire are 2 biggies. Lots of supervision is needed when kids are young to keep them safe and lots of guidance as they learn to follow these safety procedures. Kindergarten readiness is much more than academic issues. Preparation for school needs many kinds of lessons and camping is a fun way to learn some safety ones. Think those marshmallows are ready?
Camping and kids definitely go together, and science, too. If you’ll pardon the pun, science is a natural when camping. There are so many things to explore and discover, so much to see and wonder about. Kindergarten readiness means helping kids develop an eagerness for questioning and learning.
Whether you are in camping out in nature or at home in a city all you will need for some science fun is a patch of nature. Check it out with your child. What do you see? Are some things alive? Are there things that move or just stay still? There will be things that belong to the plant group and maybe some things that go in animals. What kind of colors and shapes are there? In this patch, what things are growing? What is there to see around the area?
Observing is a readiness for kindergarten skill. Some others are making groups, categorizing, listening, expanding vocabulary and more. By attaching learning on to kids’ enthusiasm and natural curiosity we make it fun and meaningful and promote a deep connection to the natural world. What kind of learning do you see?
Our little ones are too young for Harry Potter, but just like the thousands of people lining up, they enjoy the same thing–a good story! Camping is a super time for stories. And stories are great to help kids with all kinds of readiness for kindergarten. Reading is a language-based activity so lots of language experiences … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping is for Stories
I like camping, most of the time, but not much in the rain. How about you? Camping with kids has some wonderful learning opportunities that will help little ones with readiness for kindergarten. This blog will explore camping and emotional development in children. Kindergarten will put some extra pressures on kids’ emotions so it’s helpful for … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping & Learning(Feelings)
When kids go off to kindergarten, there are 3 key kindergarten readiness social skills that will make the experience much more fun–being able to share, take turns and wait. Now, while it’s easy to see that sharing and taking turns are important, it’s not as obvious for being able to wait. But waiting involves some … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping Helps Kids Learn To Wait
When it comes to readiness for kindergarten and social skills, 2 of the most important for little ones to learn are sharing and taking turns. Yesterday, I blogged about some ways to practice sharing when camping. Today’s focus is learning to take turns. Camping has lots of opportunities to practice this. Before the day even … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping is for Taking Turns
Social and emotional development is a key part of kindergarten readiness. There’s all kinds of social learnings that happen for little ones before starting school. Once there, there are more social demands. One of the very first social skills for kids is being able to share. Sharing isn’t easy for little ones and, both at home … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping is for Sharing
As children’s first teachers, parents and caregivers are the ones that start children’s lessons for learning to read. The first ones are of course talking to kids and helping them learn to use language. After that, there is a critical concept that kids seem to learn without our even knowing. This is that words are made of bits … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping Helps Reading
Campfires and songs are more than tradition. Singing is a sure-fire way to develop language skills. When kids sing along they are using memory, predicting, careful listening, vocabulary and rhythm, to name just a few. In the brain, music helps develop math pathways, too. Notes go up and down a scale just like numbers go … Continue reading Readiness for Kindergarten – Camping is for Singing