My father always said that reading and studying is like exercise for your brain. While I still far prefer a bike ride to studying, it’s always a good idea to keep reviewing the basics with your little one while we are away from each other.
This particular blog goes out to all the Pre-K parents. You can register online today for Kindergarten. If you live in Chesterfield County you can click here. But to ensure that your child’s brain stays “Kindergarten ready” it’s important to review the basics of Pre-K until the first school bell rings. If your child has been attending Redeemer, then you have likely been given a packet by your child’s Pre-K teacher. This packet is helpful to review periodically. Today, we are going to provide basic resources that you can refer back to when doing “school” at home.
Everything that we list below is easily doable with a little creativity. We will also provide links to simple and FREE resources that can enhance what you are doing.
Practice letters (upper and lower case) by:
*Tracing them. See free worksheet here.
*Using flashcards to identify them
*Writing them on your own
Practice your first and last name by:
*Name Scramble Game – Write your child’s full name, cut it apart and have them put it back together in the right order.
*Writing it on your own
Practice Rhyming by:
*Putting pairs of rhyming words on flash cards and then have your child match the cards. You will have to sit beside them and sound out the words.
*Here is a great song by Jack Hartman
Practice opposites by:
*Cutting/ pasting or drawing objects on flashcards and having your child put the pairs together.
*Having your child go on a hunt for the opposite of an object that you identify (ex: Here is a dirty plate. Can you find a clean one?)
Practice numbers by:
*Using flashcards to identify the numbers 1-10
*Having your child count to 30. This song really helps with memorization
Practice grouping by:
*Creating groups of objects (use jelly beans or m&ms to make it fun). Ask your child which group has more and which has less. Also add and take away to explain the basic concepts of addition and subtraction.
Practice sequencing by:
*Drawing out patterns and have your child finish the pattern.
*You can use these worksheets as a guide.
Practice recognizing and drawing shapes by:
*Having your child draw something using all of one shape. (ex: draw a person using all triangles)
Practice body parts by:
*Besides head, shoulders, knees and toes, having your child review heels, wrists, ankles, elbows, waist, jaw, hips.
*Tracing your child with sidewalk chalk and have him identify all the parts of his own body.
Practice drawing a person
Practice cutting & holding scissors correctly
Practice colors by:
*Reviewing black, white, brown, blue, red, orange, yellow, green, purple, pink, gray.
*Playing a game! Do a color hunt around the house!
Practice physical challenges by:
*Playing “Simon Says” using the following as guides:
Jump with both feet
Stand on one foot for 10 seconds
We hope you find this information helpful. Remember to check Brightwheel regularly for messages from your child’s Pre-K Teacher. Also, Ms. Ashley does a LIVE Zoom Circle Time every Wednesday at 10 am. The link will be sent to your private Brightwheel account and, in case you miss it, the video is always posted on Brightwheel afterwards.