Fun activities, aligned with the PA Early Learning Standards, to help your child have a successful Kindergarten year. 
We Are Learning in November
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 Language and Literacy
Do it!
Pick a letter of the alphabet and help your kindergartner write it on a piece of paper. Make an outline of the letter with glue and let it dry and harden. Have your child trace the letter with their finger first, then have them write the letter using a crayon. Draw pictures of words that begin with that letter of the alphabet. Kindergartners can further develop fine motor skills by practice writing in sand, tracing letters with a stencil, or using tracing plates. Introduce the sign language gesture for each letter and the braille symbol for each letter. Play I Spy games at home or around town to continue finding letters everywhere.
Read it!
A Mountain Alphabet by Margriet Ruurs. ABC Mystery by Doug Cushman.

We are learning Language and Literacy
Do it!
Play Simon Says with your kindergartner using directional words and a ball. Give directions such as, "Simon Says put the ball on your head," or "Simon Says put the ball behind your back." Teach your kindergartner to take turns by allowing them to give you the directions. Manipulate a ball on their body and review the directional words as you do. Continue to incorporate directional vocabulary words throughout your kindergartner's day. For example, the train track is next to the road. Demonstrate the directions for your child or use an app to manipulate objects. Allow your child to feel where the object has moved. Use descriptive vocabulary to describe how to move in a direction. You can say, "The ball is above your head, you have to stretch your arms up high to feel it."
Read it!
Rhinoceroses Tap: 15 Seriously Silly Songs by Sandra Boynton. Flamingos on the Roof by Calef Brown.

We are learning Language and Literacy
Do it!
Talk with your kindergartner about sleeping words. A nap is a short sleep. What other words describe what happens when we sleep? (Like snore, snooze, doze, etc.) Help your kindergartner find pictures of people sleeping in books and family photos. Demonstrate what each sleep word looks like or sounds like. Use the sign and braille word for each. Explain why their body needs to sleep, and that they grow and recuperate while they sleep.
Read it!
Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. It's Time to Sleep, My Love by Eric Metaxas.

We are learning Mathematics Thinking and Expression
Do it!
Help your kindergartner draw or build a house using only the following shapes: square, rectangle, triangle and circle. Develop fine motor skills by practicing manipulating fabric pattern or wooden blocks to create a house with shapes. There are several apps that allow children to manipulate shapes with their fingertip or even eye movements where mobility is a concern. While your kindergartner is building the house, describe the characteristics of each shape. For example, "I see you used a rectangle for the door. The rectangle has four straight lines and is long and narrow." Continue adding to your child's vocabulary by including the sign or braille word for each of the shapes.
Read it!
Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald. A Circle Here, A Square There by David Diehl.
Featured Article: The Benefits of Family Mealtimes

Starting a simple habit with your young child, like regularly eating meals together, can have a lifelong impact.

A day beginning with breakfast and ending with dinner as a family is more than a benefit of sharing plates of food. It’s an opportunity to bond as a family, teach children table manners, share stories and experiences, and sample and learn about traditions, cultures and foods. But there are even greater benefits of family mealtimes. Read more!

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Forming Friendships

For Kindergarten students, fall is full of transitions--new schedules, new schools, new teachers, new classmates. These all create the opportunity to form new friendships.

For some children, these friendships will develop naturally over time. But some children may need some support and assistance in finding friends.

Free Meals Finder

Families who could use help in feeding their children can enter their address to find free, healthy meals being served by organizations in their community on the No Kid Hungry website. The website does not use information for any other purpose than to locate food assistance.

Families can also find these resources by texting the word FOOD to 877-877. Information is available in English and Spanish.
Traveling with Kindergartners

Traveling with a kindergartner can be challenging, especially if you're unprepared. Try these tips to keep your kindergartner occupied and save your sanity this upcoming holiday season!

  1. Plan ahead. If your trip is delayed due to weather, traffic or cancellations, be prepared with enough drinks and snacks.
  2. Start singing! Singing with your kindergartner will help pass the miles. Your library has music to borrow to help keep your kindergartner entertained.
  3. Pack smart. Add a small pad of paper and crayons or colored pencils to a purse or backpack for drawing pictures, creating origami (fold into the shape of a square!), or playing a game (like tic-tac-toe).
  4. Be selective. Set aside specific toys and books for use only while traveling.
  5. Keep it real. Have reasonable expectations of yourself and your kindergartner. Take breaks when needed.
  6. Stay well hydrated and well fed. Travel can be dehydrating, and empty tummies are grumpy tummies, so take travel-friendly snacks like dry cereal and fruit. Pack water or juice boxes.
  7. Fly friendly. Traveling by plane? The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has some tips for traveling with children.
6 Tips to Help Your Kindergartner Learn to Read

Important literacy skills begin developing at birth and continue as a child gets older.

Safe Vehicle Traveling with Kindergartners 

Did you know your kindergartner should be using a booster seat when riding in a vehicle?

At the website, sponsored by the PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, find all types of safety information to keep your kindergartner safe, including car seat loan programs, car or booster seat fitting station locations, and access to a child car seat technician to ensure the correct installation of a car or booster seat in a vehicle.
Helping Your Family Prepare for Emergencies with Ready Wrigley

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has created Ready Wrigley to provide parents, guardians, teachers, and young children with tips, activities, and a story to help the whole family prepare for emergencies. Together with your child, join Wrigley as she helps her family prepare for emergencies by staying informed, packing emergency kits, and making a family communication plan.

The activity book is designed to provide an interactive tool to further your child's education and promote disaster preparedness and safe clean-up in your community. You can share this book with your schools and early learning programs, communities, and families to help children learn the importance of being prepared. It is available in English and Spanish.
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