Readiness for Kindergarten – Grocery Shopping & Learning

Now, that the list is done (see yesterday) it’s off to the store for some more readiness for kindergarten learning. The grocery store is like brain candy. There’s all kinds of stimulation for the senses. On the first aisle you could ask your child what colors s/he sees. How about shapes? And textures? On the next one, listen for different sounds, such as voices, background music, squeaky carts, etc. The produce aisle could be smells, especially this time of year, with peaches, strawberries, oranges and mores. What smell do you like best? There’s things that are okay to touch:  a pineapple feels kind of poky on top, not soft like the tissue rolls. Ice cream is cold, brr. It’s hard to wait until getting home to taste it.

The trip to the store, with all the experiences of seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting has been a valuable kindergarten readiness activity. It may not be obvious but your child has had some first-hand science exploring and discovery time and lots of language stimulation, too. What did your little one discover at the store?             Q. What are twins’ favorite fruit? A. Pears!


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