Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Sometimes, ideas for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness find me. Two days in a row the Goggle Doodle has inspired an idea for kids and play. Yesterday’s post was about the incredible Human Computer, Shakuntala Devi. From her book, Mathability and message that math ability depends on attitude, came some activities about counting, numbers and math ideas. Today’s inspiration is the designer Raymond Loewy.
The name Raymond Loewy might not be familiar, but some of his designs certainly are, such as the shell and Exxon logos. Aircraft, trains, cars, buses, washing machines, refrigerators, duplicating machines, and Coca-Cola containers were some of his work. But this wasn’t just work that he did once he’d finished school. It was also his play! While some information says that Loewy’s career began with the design for a duplicating machine, it began much earlier, with a toy. At the age of 15, he won a prize for his design of a toy model airplane, which began selling the next year. He explained, “As a boy I had liked…drawing….”
Play is how children learn. It is hands-on, creative, and imaginative. Kids discover and explore as they play. Drawing is a play activity. While the body is drawing pictures on paper, the brain is making pictures in the mind. Children exercise the small muscles in their hands, fingers, wrists, and arms. They also develop thinking skills.
For a play-of-the-day today, set out some pencils, chalk, crayons, or markers, whatever is appropriate for the age of your child, along with something to draw on, like a chalkboard, paper, or cardboard box. Some children are eager to draw and cover every bit of paper they find at home. Others are hesitant or not really interested. To encourage them, think of something that interests them. Dinosaurs and monsters are quite motivating, especially monsters because they are so much easier to draw! Drawing on a screen is an option as long as there is drawing with real materials too. What does your child like to draw?
While waiting for time in the day to go to the playground or park, kids can draw about it for fun, learning, and kindergarten readiness. Drawing is both a play and a learning activity. When kids are drawing and coloring, they are exercising both muscles and brains. It’s easy to see how children are usingContinue Reading
Children can have fun with crayons and colors –and paper and walls– any time of the year and develop some important kindergarten readiness skills and strategies. Christmas has super ideas of things to draw, some easier for younger children and some harder for those older and especially interested in drawing. Drawing a circle sounds simpleContinue Reading
Instead of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, for some kindergarten readiness learning and fun draw on some paper. (You are allowed to groan at that joke if you remember the book by that title.) Drawing can help the development of brain connections and small muscle control. This is a drawing of aContinue Reading
When it comes to drawing, I’m not far beyond the kindergarten readiness level. Some children will love to draw and some will be barely interested, but encouraging kids to draw helps with all kinds of brain connections. Easter bunny going all around Eye-hand coordination is one of the obvious brain connections as children learn toContinue Reading
Encouraging kids to draw also encourages kindergarten readiness. Wee little ones start out with random squiggles and scribbles that develop later into recognizable shapes and objects. Some kids love to draw and their talent shows at the age of 3 or 4! For other children (and many adults) drawing can be a struggle. Drawing has lotsContinue Reading
We might not think of paints, pencils, markers, and crayons as tools but for kids they are learning tools. Maybe that’s why we sometimes find evidence of colors on walls; kids weren’t scribbling but building. Pictures and drawing are another form of communication, just like words and speaking. Some children would rather draw than talk and some kidsContinue Reading
While learning the letters of the alphabet is not a requirement for all kindergarten programs, some familiarity and letter knowledge will help every child when it comes to basic kindergarten readiness. Motivating a young child to practice printing letters of the alphabet can be quite tricky. Printing is not an easy activity for kids–the necessaryContinue Reading
Little kids have show n’ tell, big kids have Facebook. Big kids also have cameras and phones to take pictures of things they want to remember. What about little ones? They draw pictures. Drawing a picture is another strategy to help kids remember. Did something exciting happen at Halloween? Or on a child’s birthday? ProvideContinue Reading
For some readiness for kindergarten fun, ask your child to draw a pumpkin. Drawing is a kind of language and certainly a kindergarten readiness activity. Some kids love to draw and their talent shows at the age of 3 or 4! For other children (and many adults) drawing can be a struggle. But for all children,Continue Reading