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Kindergarten Readiness and Groundhog Day

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Besides being the day when winter might be over, Groundhog Day also means something that happens over and over and kindergarten readiness is like that. As parents and caregivers we need to do many of the same things over and over with children do help them learn. What are some of the things that need lots of repetition?

  • using lots and lots of words in songs, rhymes, conversations, and stories to support language development.
  • reading and sharing books with kids. A few books, several times a week, adds up to over a thousand a year. That’s a lot of groundhogs.
  • play time. This is one of the best tools for helping children learn and develop.
  • like groundhogs, kids need to spend time in nature to develop this important connection.
  • some physical activity time. Moving is critical for healthy bodies and brains because all kinds of learning pathways are developed thru movement.

These are great activities for any day of the year. How many of these activities can you and your child do for Groundhog Day?

Kindergarten Readiness – Learning/Thinking Strategies #9

Kids communicate to us about what they need to learn for kindergarten readiness and beyond. Are we getting their messages? This little one is a perfect example: Kids need balance. Kids need balance in lots of different ways. They need to learn how to balance their bodies in a variety of spaces. Their days requireContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Celebrate, Children At Play

I saw this great sign on a blog called “preschool daze”. Kristin had taken the sign Caution Children At Play and changed it to Celebrate Children At Play. It must be something in the air because my post yesterday was all about learning kindergarten readiness social skills by celebrating with others. The idea of today’sContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – New School Year’s Eve

While adults celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31st, for families with kids starting and returning to school it’s the last night of summer holidays. September 1st, plus or minus a few days, begins the new school season leaving August 31st as the new eve. If your first child is off to school this year,Continue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – H is for Patterns

H is for patterns? H is for house and this month all the blog posts talk about how your house is a learning center for all kinds of kindergarten readiness learning. Patterning is today’s readiness for kindergarten skill. Patterning is a basic skill that comes up in language, math, music, and more. Kids need lots of experiencesContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – 1st Home, then School

First comes all kinds of learning at home, then comes school. For kids, learning doesn’t wait until they start kindergarten. Just think of all the things parents and caregivers have helped children to learn before starting school, including language, early self-care, basic emotions and social skills, and more. For the month of August, all my blog posts haveContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Lessons in the Kitchen #3

When it comes to success after graduating from school, do you think it is more advantageous for your child to be smart or to be polite? While I have oversimplified the question, new research is showing that social skills have a greater influence on income than academic achievement. (Institute for Social Research) And, the earlyContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Lessons in the Kitchen #2

Did you know that the kitchen doubles as a learning center when it comes to readiness for kindergarten? There’s so much that parents and caregivers can teach even if they are busy cooking, doing dishes, or just putting away the groceries. And little ones can help with these tasks learning valuable skills for kindergarten readinessContinue Reading

Readiness for Kindergarten – Lessons in the Kitchen

An article written by Tina Barseghian in an on-line publication called Mind Shift caught my attention today. Tina wrote: Rules are important in any civilized society. Without them, chaos would ensue. Now, the rest of the article discussed teachers, students and on-line policies so it hardly applies to kindergarten readiness. But, the first 2 linesContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness, Special Ingredient = Imagination

Yesterday, I heard a radio interview with Joel Bakan about his new book Childhood Under Siege: How Big Business Targets Children. He exposes the detrimental effects of this corporate marketing. One of his warnings in particular struck a chord with me, that of the destruction of children’s imagination. Imagining is not just play; it is a fundamental thinkingContinue Reading

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