Activities for Kindergarten, Here I come:
Have your children practice counting as far as they can, by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s in preparation for the 100th day of kindergarten. Have them pick out one of their favorite things from home and share it with you or their siblings by talking about what they love about it.
Have children work with you to come up with their own rhyming sentences, letting their names lead the way to the topic. If their names do not rhyme with anything, you can use an initial, nickname, middle name or shortened version. For our son, Grayson, it is easier to use “Mr. Gray” for the purpose of rhyming. At this age, they find rhyming very amusing and are delighted when they help create rhymes.
who loved the rain.
Yoko Writes Her Name, by Rosemary Wells, is a story about a kindergartener who was judged by other students because she couldn’t write her name in English. The other students grew to admire her ability to write in Japanese and she taught them to write their names in Japanese characters. This is a great story to encourage children to embrace diversity and recognize each other’s strengths. It is also an opportunity to discuss the poor choices some students made in the beginning of the story.
Use this website to convert your child’s name into Japanese for free. Notice the beauty. Talk about the many languages people use to communicate including sign language and braille. Let them know that learning language allows them to learn about different cultures and make new friends. This can also be a great lead in to discuss what your
children can do when children make fun of them or others.
The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing, is a fun story in the style of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas discussing the night before the first day of kindergarten through the first day of school. The story talks about the ways the kids get ready and how happy they are with their new routine. The funny catch to the story is that the parents are more emotional than the kids about the separation. The teacher sends them on their way while the children provide reassurance that they like kindergarten.
Activity for The Night Before Kindergarten
Do a trial run day a few days or a week before school starts. Have your child pack a backpack (or prepare for school if homeschooling.) Have your child pick out clothes for school and lay them out the night before. Decide together what they will have for snack and lunch. Make a game of getting up at the same time they will for school the next morning and going through the routine. Practice walking or driving to school (or discuss what your routine will be in homeschool.) Have your children practice writing their names on the top
of the paper. Talk about how they feel about starting school, including
anything they are excited or nervous about.
My final recommendation is a dvd rather than a book. We absolutely love the Let’s Go to School dvd by Leapfrog. It covers the anxiety associated with starting school, the way the routine plays out during the day and basic skills useful in kindergarten. Our kids have learned the months of the year based on the catchy song in the video.
Activities for Let’s Go To School:
Practice the calendar song from the video using a real calendar and turning the pages as you sing. Also, talk about the seasons with the calendar. Mark what day school starts on the calendar and count down the days. You can also do something on each day ten days before the school starts, such as ten jumping jacks, then nine hops followed by eight spins etc. until the day of school arrives. Or you could put number stickers from 10-1 in a countdown to the first day of school. Another idea would be to do an advent style calendar of school supplies, such as pencils ten days
before school starts, followed by glue for nine days and scissors etc. until the
night before when all supplies can be added to the backpack or desk.
More Preparing For School Tips from the Early Childhood Education Team:
Back to School Tips for Parents PLUS Visual Morning Chart! by The Preschool Toolbox Blog
Teaching Preschool at Home by Raising Lifelong Learners
Prepare a Hands-On Preschool at Home by Life Over C’s
*Shared on Kindergarten Planet