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Summer Fun, Learning and Kindergarten Readiness Play

In my Spanish class, to practice vocabulary and numbers, we pretended restaurant and then we played it at home for some kindergarten readiness fun and learning. It was easy to find materials to play with, there were lots in the recycling and the drawer of plastic containers, and we had lots of time for the activity since it’s summer.
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Children base much of their play on actual experiences. As they play, children’s brains are busily searching through what they remember hearing and seeing. From that, combined with what they understand, children will then create new situations. Somewhat like creating a power point presentation, kids will add a track for feelings and emotions, one for actions, and another one for language. Play is really very much more complicated than we realize.

developing kindergarten readinessYounger children may only want to pretend for a short while and with just a few things. Older ones may want to have a waiter who pretends to write down the order, toys on plates to be the food, something to look at to be the menu, and, of course, pretend money or credit cards. Someone may be the chef, who does the cooking, or at least stirs some blocks in a dish. A chair or box can be the pretend stove. And cleaning up is part of what happens in a real restaurant, so that can be included in the pretend one at some point in the day.

As your child plays, you may want to interact occasionally with comments and questions, such as is this a restaurant at breakfast, lunch, or supper? Is it a big place or just a small one? This extends the opportunities to use language and to interact. Kids may want to color something to be the menu and find some dress up clothes. If the weather is cooperative, the restaurant could be outside for some fun in the sun. Could restaurant play be on the menu for your child or play center today?

Play & Learn for Kindergarten Readiness: in the Bedroom

Healthy bodies and healthy brains grow as children play, developing kindergarten readiness. Every room in your house has learning and play opportunities. This post explores some of these in your child’s own bedroom. The bedroom can start the day with play and end it the same way. Depending on schedules, if there is no timeContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Learning/Thinking Strategies #5

Have you ever watched a child turn a common rock into a precious treasure? Or play far more with an empty box than the toy it contained? Somtimes parents and caregivers purchase books, dvd’s, and programs to promote brain development and kindergarten readiness and what do kids do? They use what’s in the recycling bin asContinue Reading

Kindergarten Readiness – Playing & Learning with Stuffies

December’s blog topic is how we can encourage children’s development and kindergarten readiness with toys. Today’s post looks at learning opportunities as kids play with stuffies. These days, not just animals and teddy bears are stuffed, but cars, dinosaurs, fruit, vegetables, monsters, and more, all come in a practically unlimited variety of colors and sizes.Continue 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

Kindergarten Readiness – P= PLAY

In a school, just like an office, there can sometimes be a pecking order. When it comes to the teachers, the kindergarten teacher is somewhat separate. After all, the kids in kindergarten Play! The kindergarten teachers have to strongly resist efforts to turn kindergarten into Boot Camp for Grade 1. But we know that PlayContinue Reading

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