Now that your child is in kindergarten, there are new ways you can help them learn. Try these activities, then read a book about it.
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We are learning Language and Literacy
Help your kindergartner collect pebbles. See how many ways the pebbles can be sorted (size, color, shape, etc.) Discuss how some are alike and some are different. Assist your kindergartner in reaching grasping and collecting the stones. Provide the opportunity to feel the rocks with their hands or on their cheek. Use words to help them describe the textures, weight, shape and temperature of what they are feeling.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig.
Three Pebbles and a Song by Eileen Spinelli.
We are learning Social Emotional Development
Talk about jobs your family does. How do these jobs help others? What would happen if someone didn't do their job? Talk about the different people, services and agencies who work with your kindergartner. Explain their jobs to her. Discuss the ways this helps them and the family.
A Day's Work by Eve Bunting.
Families by Susan Kuklin.
We are learning Scientific Thinking and Technology
Look out a window with your kindergartner or sit in the yard and watch the birds. When finished, encourage them to draw a picture of one they saw.
What in the World is an Inch? by Mary Elizabeth Salzmann.
What Will Hatch? by Jennifer Ward.
We are learning
Mathematics Thinking and Expression
Eat a snack of animal crackers. Have your kindergartner sort the crackers into groups by animal and count the number in each group. Substitute other foods if there are dietary or feeding restrictions. You can also adapt the activity using stuffed animals.
Counting Our Way to Maine
by Maggie Smith.
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten?
by Jane Yolen.