Now that your child is in kindergarten, there are new ways you can help them learn. Try these activities, then visit your library to check out a book about it. Click here to print this list.
We are learning Social Emotional Development
Help your kindergartner to role play a job. Set up a space for a pretend post office, grocery store, or restaurant. Encourage them to use items and toys around the house.
Curious George Takes a Job by H. A. Rey. The Biggest Job of All by Harriet Ziefert.
We are learning Mathematical Thinking and Expression
Ask your kindergartner to search for sets of things found in your home or outside. Find one rock, two forks, three balls, etc. Matching photographs of different items helps develop visual recognition. Incorporate sensory development by encouraging your child to trace numbers or letters with their fingers.
One Mole Digging A Hole by Julia Donaldson. 1, 2, 3 Peas by Keith Baker.
We are learning Language and Literacy
Help your kindergartner learn the days of the week. Add words to each name that starts with the same letter, like Munching Monday, Terrific Tuesday, etc. Teach them the months of the year, and do the same, like Jumping January, Fantastic February, etc.
Another fun way to learn is through song. The days of the week can be sung to the tunes of The Addams Family or Oh, my darling, Clementine! Help your kindergartner learn the months of the year by creating a calendar that include special dates such as holidays and birthdays. Encourage them to draw or color pictures or find pictures online to show what special things happen each month.
Today is Monday by Eric Carle. The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson
We are learning Scientific Thinking
See how many things your kindergartner can balance at once. Have a balancing race--who can go the fastest balancing a paper cup on top of a paper plate, then add other items and keep going! If your kindergartner has difficulty with this, use paper cups to make a tower stack. Use a timer and encourage them to count the number of items in the stack.
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr. Seuss. I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and other stories by Dr. Seuss.