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  • Ready! Set! School! - Friends & Family Extra Activities
    Kindergarten Connection Children will continue to develop respect for others during their kindergarten year One way they show respect is by sharing and by asking permission before using materials that are being used by other children Look I m Done Book The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper The Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys Children may need encouragement to complete projects Choose a place in your home to display your child s completed projects Kindergarten Connection In kindergarten your child will be expected to independently complete a variety of tasks What Why Where Book Curious George by H A Rey A little monkey is caught in the jungle and brought to the city He can t help being interested in all the new things around him Children are naturally curious Curiosity can be messy and inconvenient at times But when a child s questions and ideas are valued and respected and a child is allowed to experience a variety of activities curiosity can be nurtured Kindergarten Connection Kindergarten classrooms are full of paints markers sensory tables and exploration centers Children who are curious may be more willing to try new activities A

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 1: The ABCs
    a successful reader Kindergarten Connection In kindergarten children will name all upper and lower case letters of the alphabet in random order and also spell their first name correctly Activity Nameplate Sit with your child and write his her name on the poster board or paper using a capital letter at the beginning followed by lower case letters Write the letters as large as the paper will allow naming each letter as you write it Encourage your child to repeat each letter name as you say it Have your child use the markers and other materials to personalize the nameplate keeping the letters readable Talk about the letters as your child decorates the nameplate Oh you are coloring the letter G yellow See the G is shaped almost like a circle Help your child decide where to display the nameplate Materials Poster board or other paper Markers crayons or other writing coloring materials Decorating items such as stickers glitter yarn pipe cleaners More Ideas Use the nameplate to help your child find words around your house that include the letters in your child s name Point out letters in your child s name on cans boxes signs billboards and stores Put the nameplate in front of your child s seat in the car Have your child point out letters as you ride Tips If your child already knows all of the letters in his her name begin with the letters in his her last name and then move on to other family members names This activity is not intended to teach your child all the letters in his her name in one sitting It is an introduction only You may want to focus on only the first letter of your child s name Activity Card Download Printable Activity Card Video

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 1: The ABCs
    If your child knows at least 10 letters including those in his her name by the time he she starts kindergarten he she is more likely to be a successful reader Kindergarten Connection In kindergarten children will name all upper and lower case letters of the alphabet in random order and also spell their first name correctly Activity Nameplate Sit with your child and write his her name on the poster board or paper using a capital letter at the beginning followed by lower case letters Write the letters as large as the paper will allow naming each letter as you write it Encourage your child to repeat each letter name as you say it Have your child use the markers and other materials to personalize the nameplate keeping the letters readable Talk about the letters as your child decorates the nameplate Oh you are coloring the letter G yellow See the G is shaped almost like a circle Help your child decide where to display the nameplate Materials Poster board or other paper Markers crayons or other writing coloring materials Decorating items such as stickers glitter yarn pipe cleaners More Ideas Use the nameplate to help your child find

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 2: Let's Read!
    will understand what they read Kindergarten Connection Children will become successful readers They will begin reading simple books Activity Let s Read a Book Limit distractions if possible and choose a quiet time for reading Choose a few techniques from the following list Using too many at one time may make the reading forced If your child becomes bored simply finish reading the book Show your child how to hold and open the book Use voices to make the characters and actions come to life Point out where the story begins and follow the words with your finger as you read Explain the meaning of all new words to your child Ask your child to Predict what might happen next Describe what he she thinks is happening in the illustrations Tell how a character might feel or think Connect the story to his her own experiences How might you feel if this were you Materials Child s favorite book Your lap More Ideas Have your child draw retell or act out a story Have your child turn the pages as you read Reinforce new vocabulary words by using them in daily conversation Gradually increase the length and types of books picture nonfiction wordless action magazines comics you read as your child s attention increases Tips Some books do not lend themselves to using the above techniques for example an alphabet book or a dictionary book Do not force it Keep it enjoyable Your child s attention span may vary from day to day Reading to children of any age can help them improve language skills regardless of their developmental level Activity Card Download Printable Activity Card Video Share This Page Login to RSS Register and log in to access special features of this site Username Password Remember me Forgot login

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 2: Let's Read!
    that it has meaning Reading aloud to children helps them learn new words The more words children know the better they will understand what they read Kindergarten Connection Children will become successful readers They will begin reading simple books Activity Let s Read a Book Limit distractions if possible and choose a quiet time for reading Choose a few techniques from the following list Using too many at one time may make the reading forced If your child becomes bored simply finish reading the book Show your child how to hold and open the book Use voices to make the characters and actions come to life Point out where the story begins and follow the words with your finger as you read Explain the meaning of all new words to your child Ask your child to Predict what might happen next Describe what he she thinks is happening in the illustrations Tell how a character might feel or think Connect the story to his her own experiences How might you feel if this were you Materials Child s favorite book Your lap More Ideas Have your child draw retell or act out a story Have your child turn the pages

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 3: Telephone Talk
    Make a telephone by connecting two paper cups or tin cans with string or yarn Poke a hole in the bottom of each cup or can Thread one end of the string through one hole and tie a knot so it won t slide back out Do this again with the opposite end of the string and the remaining hole Hold one cup to your mouth and give the other cup to your child to put to his her ear to listen while you talk Pull the string or yarn tight and talk Take turns with your child being the one to talk and the one to listen Begin a conversation with your child Ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer Hi how are you what did you do that was fun today Comment share and help your child expand responses Materials Five feet of string or yarn Two paper cups or cans with a small hole in the bottom of each More Ideas Call someone on a real telephone a relative or a family friend Coach your child on how to begin and end a telephone conversation Practice taking turns in a conversation using a talking stick wooden spoon ruler or pencil The person holding the talking stick talks while others listen and then passes the stick to the next person Tips If your child does not have anything to say be silly Pretend to be a favorite character he she knows when you call your child You may want to think of topics beforehand favorite foods books toys or friends Start with short conversations and begin making them longer as your child shows more interest and ability Activity Card Download Printable Activity Card Video Share This Page Login to RSS Register and log in

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 3: Telephone Talk
    other to the teacher or to the class Activity Telephones Make a telephone by connecting two paper cups or tin cans with string or yarn Poke a hole in the bottom of each cup or can Thread one end of the string through one hole and tie a knot so it won t slide back out Do this again with the opposite end of the string and the remaining hole Hold one cup to your mouth and give the other cup to your child to put to his her ear to listen while you talk Pull the string or yarn tight and talk Take turns with your child being the one to talk and the one to listen Begin a conversation with your child Ask questions that require more than a yes or no answer Hi how are you what did you do that was fun today Comment share and help your child expand responses Materials Five feet of string or yarn Two paper cups or cans with a small hole in the bottom of each More Ideas Call someone on a real telephone a relative or a family friend Coach your child on how to begin and end a

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 4: Rhymes and Songs
    to becoming readers and writers Reciting and playing with nursery rhymes finger plays and songs gives children opportunities to develop this skill which is called phonological awareness Kindergarten Connection There is a direct relationship between the number of rhymes a child knows when entering kindergarten and success as a reader In kindergarten children will identify and create lists of rhyming words Activity Rhymes and Songs Hickory Dickory Dock Hickory Dickory Dock The mouse ran up the clock The clock struck one The mouse ran down Hickory Dickory Dock Jack be Nimble Jack be Quick Jack be nimble Jack be quick Jack jump over The candlestick Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill Jack and Jill went up the hill To fetch a pail of water Jack fell down And broke his crown And Jill came tumbling after One Two Buckle My Shoe One two buckle my shoe Three four shut the door Five six pick up sticks Seven eight lay them straight Nine ten a big fat hen Rehearse nursery rhymes with your child Make props and act out nursery rhymes Sing part of the phrase and then allow your child to fill in the next word Sing or recite the rhyme as your child claps along with the rhythm Insert your child s name into the rhyme More Ideas If your child is ready for a challenge change part of the rhyme and match the rhyming word Humpty Dumpty sat in a car Humpty Dumpty had to go far Clap along or provide rhythm instruments such as spoons pans or a small box to shake Tips Rhymes do not have to make sense You can even use nonsense words Activity Card Download Printable Activity Card Video Share This Page Login to RSS Register and log in to access special

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