Preschool Party! Tips to get your Preschooler Ready for Kinder

Saturday, January 18, 2014


My lovely sister always asks me questions about my niece, Gracie. She is worried she won’t be ready for Kinder in the fall. I give her ideas, and things she can do to help Miss Gracie to get ready, so when the time comes, she is 100% ready. She always seems to have questions, and understandably so. It is a big step for a kiddo. To go from the comfort of home or preschool into the big world of public or private education. Helping get them ready is key for their continued success. So, you may ask, What can you do?
Well there are TONS of things you can do to help your little. I’ve teamed up with other lovely bloggers to give you some ideas!

Keep on Reading to get MORE ideas! 

             Share a Story Sunday  
Books! You have to have a favorite book from Childhood. Most everyone does. I, myself, love anything Dr. Seuss. As a young girl, I loved the Spot the Dog books. Books have this magical ability to grab the readers and take them to a magical place. There is practically a book for everyone. If your preschool likes cars, trucks, planes, Legos, construction, dragons, princesses, unicorns, fairies, dogs, cats, fish, hamsters…. The LIST. Could. Go……On…..FOREVER.
Each Sunday make a plan to read a book.
It can be short.
It can be fat.
It can be about dogs,
or even pesky cats.
You can read it here, you can read it there. 
You can read it almost anywhere!


Make a snack Monday

Most preschoolers love snacks. Apples, peaches, grapes, celery, anything you name it. On Monday, plan to make a snack with your kiddo. It can be something super simple like grapes. Have them help you wash them before hand. Or make “ants on a log” food brings the chance to talk, and make natural discussions. “what should we do next?” “This is a recipe. Do you know what a recipe tells us?”
You child can learn a lot from a simple conversation with you.
Don’t forget, you can always have a flour fight…. ;)
That was one of my favorite memories from my childhood. 



Talk about it Tuesday
Tuesday is all about talking. Talk about toys, talk about what their favorite color is, talk about what they want to do. Just turn off the TV and talk!


Walk it out Wednesday 

Preschoolers have TONS of energy. Learning through that energy can be awesome!
SO take your kiddo for a walk. Talk about what you see, what color is the grass? what sound does an owl make?
What shape is that sign?
What letter is on the building? Learning through play is fun for everyone!  



Time to Help Thursday 
Let your pre-K kiddo help out. Count the items of clothes that get put into the washing machine. Go to the store and count the shapes of each container. Cereal Boxes are one shape, soup cans another? Which has more? Which has less? 
What letters are on the box? What colors are on the package?
Help clean dishes. Learning responsibility is important at any age. Starting young is best. 

Fun Friday 
Get out and go somewhere magical, fun, or adventurous.  Movies? Park? Bus Station? Train Station? Library? Store? Zoo? Farm? Science Exploration Center? Planetarium? Local festivals?

Why are experiences so important? Imagine never having been to a library. How would you describe it to others? What could you say about it? I bet you can say a lot more once having gone to one. Anytime you can create a rich learning experience, GO! Make Memories and have fun! 


Social Skills Saturday 
Go to a play ground. Be the model of excellent social skills. Look people in the eye when you are talking to them, say please, and thank you. Remember you are the best role model when it comes to your child. If you see them not saying something that you have tried modeling for them, try role playing. The more social skills they easier it will be to make friends and feel comfortable with going to school when the time comes. 
 

I also have a freebie for you. All of the graphics are from my friend Nikki over at Melonheadz Illustrating. And the Font is from Kimberly Geiswin over at KG Fonts. Border is from Mr. Magician. 

I have a kiddo in my class who loves superheroes and he is working on learning his alphabet. I made this cute cards for us to use to practice. We play match games, go-fish, and a few others when we are working on them! I hope you can use them.


ABC Superhero Cards


Still need more ideas? I've teamed up with my wonderful TPT friends to bring you an exclusive preschool bundle. This Educents Bundle is jam-packed on fun ways you can help your child learn and be ready for kindergarten without breaking the bank. And if you've not bought anything from them, well lucky you! You'll get 10 bucks OFF of your first purchase.  Check it out below! 




My kiddos love getting in the extra name, address, phone numbers, etc. in. We take our kids learning this for granted, when almost all of my students didn't know their own information! With the increased pressure on teachers, sometimes, things like learning their address are left to the way side. Bring them back front and center with help from this editable book! 



They will answer questions which include the following:
Their name how to spell their name
Their
home phone number
Mom's
number
Dad's
Number
Emergency Number
Mom's name
Dad's nameAge
Gender
School
Grade
Teacher
Name
Address &
How
many brothers & sister

Book is culturally diverse with have white boy and girl and black boy and girl be the main characters with in the mini- book, allowing the book to be reflective of the child. 







Click on the picture to hop on over to the Educents Website and check out all of the packs in the bundle. 
Leave a comment below about someways you prepare your child for school, or what skills you think are essential for a child to have when they begin school! 



7 comments:

  1. Sarah,
    LOVE your ideas! What fun!!
    Your Superheroes are adorable and your velcro mini book is amazing! I have kiddos that could definitely benefit from that!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I LOVE this weekly schedule you provided! It will be so helpful for me when my little one comes home from Congo!! Thank you!
    Amanda
    Mrs. Richardson's Class

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  3. Sarah,
    Talk about it Tuesday is such a great idea! Thank you! (Actually all ideas are fabulous!)

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  4. I love all your ideas!!! So cute!

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  5. I love the alphabet super heroes. Thanks for shariang those.

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  6. Love the daily schedule...such a great idea! Like you I teach autistic children in elementary school. The schedule will be good for their parents, too. Thanks!!
    Mrspspecialties.blogspot.com

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  7. Sarah,

    I purchased your personal info pack on TPT a few weeks ago and I absolutely LOVE IT. It has helped my students learn/understand their personal info in just a short time! AWESOME!! I purchased the Educents bundle today and was wondering if you would be willing to share another product with me since I already have your personal info pack. I have a lot of your items wishlist-ed!! You can email me at RebekahPetersen@gmail.com Thanks!

    Rebekah

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