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  • Ready! Set! School! - Numbers & Shapes Extra Activities
    things fit together In kindergarten children will visualize and then describe how things fit together using words such as on over under above Time Book It s About Time by Stuart J Murphy A twenty four hour day is full of things to do This book is an easy introduction to the skill of telling time Use a watch or count slowly as your child completes different activities such as running races cleaning up or getting dressed Kindergarten Connection In kindergarten your child will begin using clocks and calendars to measure time How Tall Am I Book The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss Despite everyone s dire predictions a little boy has faith in the carrot seed he plants Have your child stand against a wall while you mark how tall he she is Assist your child in measuring from the floor to the mark Label the mark with the date name measurement and age of your child If you do not want to write on the wall you can use a piece of paper or a growth chart that has been fastened to the wall Kindergarten Connection Children will use appropriate techniques and tools for measuring objects in school

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 1: My Little Muscles
    want to consider some objects that you might mold Look at pictures in books and magazines pictures on your wall household items or pets Ask your child what he she would like to make and guide him her by asking questions such as What part do you want to make first How much of your dough will you need to make that How can you make it that shape Prepare the play dough with your child or use store bought play dough If using the recipe make sure that the play dough has cooled completely before having your child handle it Play dough recipe 1 cup flour ½ cup salt 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1½ teaspoons cream of tartar Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture rolls into a ball Remove from the saucepan and knead for a few minutes and it is ready To make different colors simply stir in a few drops of food coloring or dry Kool Aid mix before placing the mixture on the stove Store the play dough in an airtight container or plastic bag More Ideas You can also use other materials to create parts of the objects buttons for eyes paper clips for arms Teach your child how to pinch the dough to make indentations roll the dough to make vines and pinch off pieces and roll to make small balls Use household items such as a pencil spoon or fork to mark the dough Encourage your child to use pencils crayons scissors connecting blocks peg boards zippers buttons and stickers to help develop and strengthen his her fine motor small muscle skills Tips Your child may not want to make a specific object but may simply enjoy using the tools to experiment If this

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 1: My Little Muscles
    Kindergarten Connection Children in kindergarten will use their hands to do things like writing and cutting Activity My Little Muscles This activity is designed to help your child develop fine motor small muscle skills Allow your child to choose what he she would like to do and support the choice Explain to your child that today you are going to be artists and make sculptures or statues together Before you begin working you may want to consider some objects that you might mold Look at pictures in books and magazines pictures on your wall household items or pets Ask your child what he she would like to make and guide him her by asking questions such as What part do you want to make first How much of your dough will you need to make that How can you make it that shape Prepare the play dough with your child or use store bought play dough If using the recipe make sure that the play dough has cooled completely before having your child handle it Play dough recipe 1 cup flour ½ cup salt 1 cup water 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1½ teaspoons cream of tartar Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over low heat until the mixture rolls into a ball Remove from the saucepan and knead for a few minutes and it is ready To make different colors simply stir in a few drops of food coloring or dry Kool Aid mix before placing the mixture on the stove Store the play dough in an airtight container or plastic bag More Ideas You can also use other materials to create parts of the objects buttons for eyes paper clips for arms Teach your child how to pinch the dough to make indentations roll the dough to make vines

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 2: My Big Muscles
    activity will develop habits that lead to better physical health Kindergarten Connection Children will be involved in recess and in organized physical education activities where they will learn basic skills such as hopping twirling kicking throwing catching skipping and dancing Activity Obstacle Course Select an area with your child to create an obstacle course Help your child plan a safe path and select obstacles Have your child decide how he she would like to move walk crawl jump run roll gallop hop spin through the course For example I will climb over the swing and then hop to the slide I will climb up the ladder and slide down the slide Materials Park playground or yard Objects that can be used to move over under or around More Ideas Let your child invite someone to complete the course with him her Time how long it takes your child to complete the course Run the course in reverse Tips If the weather is bad or you do not have an outdoor area to play build the obstacle course indoors I will climb over the chair and then hop to the table I will walk around the table and crawl to the sofa It is typical for children to overestimate their abilities Your child may want to do something that is beyond his her abilities I am going to cross the monkey bars by myself 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 Search Language English Español Health Safety All Activities Activity 1 My Little Muscles Activity 2 My Big Muscles Activity 3 I Can Do It Myself Activity 4 You Are What You Eat Activity 5 Just In Case

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 2: My Big Muscles
    direction stopping Children love to move Physical development plays an important role in building children s self esteem confidence fitness and well being Daily physical activity will develop habits that lead to better physical health Kindergarten Connection Children will be involved in recess and in organized physical education activities where they will learn basic skills such as hopping twirling kicking throwing catching skipping and dancing Activity Obstacle Course Select an area with your child to create an obstacle course Help your child plan a safe path and select obstacles Have your child decide how he she would like to move walk crawl jump run roll gallop hop spin through the course For example I will climb over the swing and then hop to the slide I will climb up the ladder and slide down the slide Materials Park playground or yard Objects that can be used to move over under or around More Ideas Let your child invite someone to complete the course with him her Time how long it takes your child to complete the course Run the course in reverse Tips If the weather is bad or you do not have an outdoor area to play build the

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 3: I Can Do It Myself!
    and ability to work alone or in groups use materials independently use the restroom independently ask questions follow directions and many other independent activities Activity I Can Talk with your child about the things that he she could not do as a baby Talk about how he she is much bigger now and can do many things independently For instance he she can now speak and get dressed Have your child think of some things that he she can do all by himself herself As your child names an activity write it on a slip of paper and put it in the container Continue until your child has named as many as possible Throughout the day observe your child When he she does something independently point it out to him her Look you got a drink of water all by yourself Let s add it to the I Can jar Materials Can box or jar with I Can written on the outside Slips of colored paper on which to write ideas More Ideas Add new slips of paper as your child learns to do new things Make an I Can Do It book Have your child draw pictures of things he she can do independently Offer to write what he she says about the pictures Fasten the pages together with staples or brass fasteners into a book Take photographs of your child doing things to include in the book you are creating Tip If your child wants to include things that cannot yet be done independently make an additional book of Things I Want to Do 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 Search Language English Español

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 3: I Can Do It Myself!
    without you Along with a classroom of other children your child will need to have the confidence and ability to work alone or in groups use materials independently use the restroom independently ask questions follow directions and many other independent activities Activity I Can Talk with your child about the things that he she could not do as a baby Talk about how he she is much bigger now and can do many things independently For instance he she can now speak and get dressed Have your child think of some things that he she can do all by himself herself As your child names an activity write it on a slip of paper and put it in the container Continue until your child has named as many as possible Throughout the day observe your child When he she does something independently point it out to him her Look you got a drink of water all by yourself Let s add it to the I Can jar Materials Can box or jar with I Can written on the outside Slips of colored paper on which to write ideas More Ideas Add new slips of paper as your child learns to

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  • Ready! Set! School! - Activity 4: You Are What You Eat
    a Tasting Party Tell him her of a time when you tried something new and enjoyed it Ask your child to choose the one he she would like to taste first After tasting it encourage your child to describe how it tasted smelled and if he she liked it Then tell your child about the food This is coconut It comes from a tall tree Continue with the remainder of the samples Materials A few samples of foods familiar to your child A few samples of foods not familiar to your child More Ideas Have your child choose a few unfamiliar foods from the store Let your child help you prepare the samples Invite other family members to join you for the Tasting Party Invite others to choose a favorite food to add to the Tasting Party Use the new foods in meals especially the ones they like Tips If your child does not enjoy certain foods it may be that he she does not like the texture flavor or smell Certain foods with strong flavors that adults enjoy may not be enjoyable to children Your child may not like all of the foods that are sampled but that is okay If you keep the Tasting Party a positive experience your child will be more likely to have a positive attitude when trying new foods It is typical for children to want to eat the same things every day These are phases children go through that may last for months Even if your child wants to eat the exact same meal for lunch every day you can help by adding variety to other meals You could present a new food at lunch by putting it on a small dish next to your child s plate As he she becomes accustomed

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