Holiday Activities

Kindergarten Readiness – What Rhymes With Bunny?

Using the theme of Easter, kids have been able to practice some basic math, explore movement and enhance big muscle development, and enjoy an art activity and tradition this week in just minutes a day. Here’s another quick and easy idea but one of critical importance for learning to read. Those of you who read regularly can guess, already. Rhyming. Why is it so very important? Rhyming is an activity that is based on the skills of dividing words into their sound parts and then recombining them to make new words, something we do when we’re reading. A divide and conquer strategy. Easter has lots of great words for word families: bunny rhymes with funny, money, honey, and  sunny. What else? Hop sounds like drop, stop, shop, top, mop, pop, bop …. Try chick, blue, red, green, pink, white,  black, etc. Notice that it’s hard to think of ones for purple, orange and egg. One is a fun number to rhyme. Chocolate is a hard word to rhyme, so maybe we’ll just eat it instead. Oops, I’ll have to sign off, my mouth is full of chocolate. MMmmm.

Kindergarten Readiness – April Fool’s Noon/Midnight

After discussion at school and in the family about April Fool’s Day needing to be over at noon, I had a few ideas for the blog and fun tricks to play on family members, like putting a bread shaped slice of paper in lunch sandwiches, slicing a banana that’s still in the peel, putting one shoe of two different pairs at the shelf by the door, etc. Then I added the time for the blog to post and checked it this morning. When I didn’t see it I was extremely annoyed with whoever in the house had tinkered with my blog and bewildered with how they did it. Then, I went to correct the post time. HaH! I’d omitted to change the time entry to a.m. instead of p.m. Now, I have to go apologize for accusing everyone because it was my fault. Oh, are they going to hoot. And the day is just beginning!! What’s happening at your house, today?