Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
Will your child be ready for kindergarten?
When it comes to ways to help children get ready to go to kindergarten, you may be thinking about letters and numbers, but how about time in nature? This quote from the Center for Families, Communities, Schools and Children’s Learning explains why: “Children learn best through their everyday experiences with the people they love and trust, and when the learning is fun. And the best place for these experiences is outdoors, in the natural world.”
In urban areas, nature sometimes seems far away, but nature can be tucked into pockets. Children can discover nature anywhere; they do not have to be in a park or wilderness area. Is there some nature near the bus stop? Maybe some one’s yard has some rocks of different shapes and colors or there may be flowers and trees in the neighborhood. What are the clouds doing? Any birds in the sky? Look up and down and all around. In the sky, in the middle and on the ground. Look, smell, listen, touch and even taste. There’s nature all around. Nature is a feast for the senses.
We don’t need to be naturalists to share some important basic nature knowledge with kids. Nature is a cycle and children can often connect with trees in the area to watch this cyclical change. A walk in your neighborhood can be a journey of discovery as children begin to notice that changes happen for each season. Children’s lives seem to have lots of changes and seeing that some things change but still stay the same gives them a feeling of security. Noticing changes in the natural world will help them cope with changes in their world, through their connection to nature.
Go RVing has some advice that helps for starting school: “Along with milk and vegetables, kids need a steady diet of rocks and worms. Rocks need skipping. Holes need digging. Water needs splashing. Bugs and frogs and slimy-stuff need finding.”
These activities and more are part of early learning, kindergarten readiness, and life. Spending time outside in nature opens up your child to not just kindergarten, but the whole word. What nature activities do you share with your child?
What sensory play and kindergarten readiness activity comes wrapped in blue sky, golden sun, and a rainbow of other colors? Some fun outside of course! Nature contains endless opportunities for sensory stimulation. Just a walk can have lots to see with clouds, flowers, trees, rocks and bugs. Sometimes it’s hard to hear nature sounds inContinue Reading
Today’s play-of-the-day that starts with the letter p is Puddles because a puddle can be full of lots of kindergarten readiness fun and learning. To children, puddles are an invitation to connect with nature. Just stepping in a puddle is fun; splashing in one is even more exciting. In this puddle activity, mom Laurie Wallach-RhodesContinue Reading
1, 2, 3,4, grab your coats and out the door; we’re going for a walk around the block to look for fall and have some kindergarten readiness fun and learning. A simple walk in your neighborhood can be a journey of discovery as children begin to notice that changes that happen for each season. Children’s lives seemContinue Reading
For this kindergarten readiness and nature fun activity kids don’t even need to go outside. 1, 2, 3, what can you be? To help children connect with nature, ask them to be items found in the environment. For example, can your child be a tree? Or a rock? Or a seed? In order to play the game,Continue Reading
Fall is such a special time of year and there are many kindergarten readiness learning and fun activities. For an upcoming radio show, I was putting together some ideas for encouraging children’s connection to nature. To make it easier to remember, there are 10 nature posts and each one rhymes with the number. Here isContinue Reading
This morning, I was doing some research for my radio show on the topic of children and connections to nature and read that not just healthy physical development, but emotional and mental too are affected; kindergarten readiness would also then be impacted by children’s bond to nature. (Learn and Play with Mrs. A is on the RockStarContinue Reading
Learn and play everyday, for brain connections, kindergarten readiness and healthy development. Are you familiar with the book called Last Child in the Woods, by Richard Louv? Louv talks about nature-deficit disorder and the huge impact this is having on kids today. He links the lack of a connection to nature to some of the prettyContinue Reading