Fun activities, aligned with the PA Early Learning Standards, to help your child have a successful Kindergarten year. 
Congratulations to you and your recent graduate. The Kindergarten year is complete!

What should you and your child do now?
  1. Keep learning throughout the summer. Visit your local library for new books and activities that will keep alive their love of learning. Try some activities listed below!
  2. Stay active. Summer is the perfect time to help your child engage in fun activities, like swimming, biking, tree climbing and just playing!
  3. Share your child's Kindergarten experience with PA's Promise for Children! What made this year of Kindergarten special for your child? What were their favorite moments? Send them to Mary at

Because your child has graduated from Kindergarten, this will be the last edition of the Kindergarten, Here I Am news you will receive. If you are an early learning professional who has subscribed to this enews, you will still receive it.

If you have another child entering Kindergarten, you can click here to sign up again! If you have questions, please email Mary at
We Are Learning in May
Try these activities, then read a book about it. Click here to print this list.

We are learning Science Thinking and Technology
Do it!
Play Animal Charades with your family. Take turns choosing an animal, acting out the animal's movement, and see who can guess what animal is being demonstrated. Add animal sound and music to the activity. Use the internet or a book to find and practice the sign for the names, sounds, and movements of the animals in the game. 
Read it!
Two Bad Ants by Chris Van Allsburg. This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers.

We are learning Social Emotional Development
Do it!
With your child, plant flower or vegetable seeds in a soil filled cup or the garden. Talk about what living things need to grow (minerals, food, air, water, sun). Remember to water and tend to your plant. Watch it grow and change. Allow your child to touch and feel the dirt, water and seeds throughout the process. For families who are learning a language, create labels and signs in both languages. Describe the changes you see with rich language and descriptive words. Create a visual story of the plants growth or the planting process.
Read it!
The Enormous Potato by Aubrey Davis. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming.  

We are learning Scientific Thinking and Technology
Do it!
Cut open some fruits and vegetables and look for seeds. Talk about why fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet. Provide an opportunity to smell, taste, and feel the fruit. Talk about the different foods your child can and cannot eat and why. Use pictures and words to label where the food can be kept in the home. 
Read it!
Tops & Bottoms by Janet Stevens. If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay.   

We are learning Language and Literacy
Do it!
Ask your child to think about animals that travel on land, in water, or on land and water. Draw a picture of land and water and have your child draw a picture of the animals according to where they travel. Talk about why they live in that habitat. Provide pictures or toys animals for your child to handle and play with. Talk about where they live and why.
Read it!
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert. On The Farm by David Elliott.
Share Your Experiences About Supports for Your Child

  • Does your child have challenges with their behavior, like anger or impulse control or following directions? 
  • Does your child easily make friends? 
  • How supported do you feel by your child's early learning program when needing information on how to support your child? 
Your feedback is needed if your child is between the ages of birth and Kindergarten, and participates in a Pennsylvania early learning program--like child care, Head Start, PA Pre-K Counts, Early Intervention, or home visiting! 
Researchers from Vanderbilt University and Georgetown University are working with the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to get your feedback. They’ve created a # question anonymous survey for families for their experiences with social-emotional supports for their child. This survey takes only # minutes to complete, but the information you provide is VERY important! Sharing your experiences means you could help improve the early learning support system for all Pennsylvania children. 

The Importance of Independent Play

Sara, 18 months old, stacks blocks on top of each other, then knocks them down, only to build them again.
Chen, two and half years old, takes books off the shelf, looking through pages and sharing the story with stuffed animals.
Jamal, four years old, hooks play trains together and runs them along imaginary paths.
What do all of these have in common? They’re all examples of independent play!
Research has shown the importance of play. Play can enhance brain structure and function and promote executive function (the process of learning). While interaction with adults and other children during play builds important cognitive, language, and self-regulation skills, independent play also has benefits. When a child plays alone, it can foster imagination and creative play, build persistence and problem-solving skills, and teach patience and resilience. Find out how you can help your child develop independent play skills.
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Often when we think of children's health, we think of things related to physical health, such as colds and flu, asthma, or broken bones. But children are much more than their physical bodies, and children's health encompasses more than physical health. 
The well-being of the whole child includes a healthy mental and emotional state as well. Just as children suffer from physical illnesses and injuries, they can also suffer from emotional and mental disorders. Your child's health can also affect how well they learn!
National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day on May 7, 2022, is a day for everyone to learn about and promote positive youth development, resilience, recovery, and the transformation of mental health services delivery for children and youth their families.
Click here to learn why positive mental health is essential to a child's healthy development from birth. There's also information on how a parent's mental health can affect their child.
Pennsylvania CHIP offers care for children by providing benefits to cover behavioral health care. Visit for more information on the mental health services covered by PA CHIP and how to apply.

The  Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! on Facebook is for family members who have, and professionals who work with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing. The focus is on advocacy, self-advocacy, self-determination. This is a safe place to ask questions, get advice, or share stories!
Join more than 1,000 families connecting and engaging through the Our Kids....To Infinity & Beyond! Facebook Group
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