Fine Motor Activity: Poms and Whisk

Supplies: Pom Poms (various colors) and Whisk

Directions: Show your child how to put the pom poms in the whisk and shake it all around. Have your child repeat what you’ve done and away they go!

Skills Learned: Beginnings to show interest and some control in manipulating art materials. Trying to use pincer grip to pick up objects. Fine motor skills. Following one step directions.

 

Math & Manipulative Activity: Shape Match

Supplies: 2 Copies of Any Shape Matching Worksheet, Colored Pencils, Crayons or Markers & a Cookie Sheet

Directions: Have your kiddo color in one of the shape matching worksheets then cut out the shapes for them. Put the other worksheet on a cookie sheet and have your child match the colored shapes to the shapes on the tray! Take this one step further by discussing the colors they chose and counting the various shapes.

Skills Learned: Begin number recognition. Vocalize numbers out loud. Introduce amounts and quantities. Color recognition. Shape recognition and matching.

 

Gross Motor Activity: Soul Man

Supplies: Sunglasses & Tambourines (Don’t have a tambourine? Pick any musical instrument around the house!)

Directions: Give your child a pair of sunglasses and tambourine or musical instrument then turn on Soul Man by The Blues Brothers and have a dance party!

Skills Learned: Gross motor skills. Following one step directions. Cultural understanding.

 

Science & Sensory Activity: Shaving Cream Rain Clouds

Supplies: Water, Clear Bowl, Shaving Cream and Blue Food Coloring

Directions: Place water in the clear bowl. Put the shaving cream on top to form “clouds.” Add the blue food coloring to the top of the clouds. Watch it rain!

Skills Learned: Beginning to understand cause and effect. Repetition of actions to gain desired results. Exploring various liquids. Color recognition. Understand surroundings; sky, clouds, ground, water, etc.

 

Imagination & Language Learning Activity: Pizza Party!

Supplies: Colored Felt Cut into Pizza and Toppings Shapes, don’t Forget the Cheese!

Directions: Have your child create their very own pizza with felt pieces. Give them all of the different felt toppings and pizza crust and let their imaginations go wild! To take this one step further help your child create a graph and poll the family on their favorite pizzas!

Skills Learned: Fine motor development. Language development. Math and counting.

 

Kind Child Activity: All Better

Supplies: Stuffed Animals & Band-Aids

Directions: Give your child their favorite stuffed animal and some band-aids. Have your child open the band-aid on their own and place it on the stuffed animals “boo boo.”

Skills Learned: Fine motor development. Language development. Kind Child Culture by teaching empathy and compassion.

Dear Mom & Dad,

I know the last few months have been a challenge. You’ve done a great job. It’s time to think about KindergartenWhat I need this Fall is to feel comforted and loved in a safe and nurturing environment. The right Kindergarten will help me continue to learn, grow curiosities, and thrive as we navigate this new world  

Distance learning was an adventure.  I hope to soon be surrounded by my friends, to hear other kids laugh, to run and play with kids my own age and be enthralled in the creativity and imagination of my peers. I’m eager to start school this fall with a well-rounded Kindergarten curriculum that includes ample outdoor time, music, art and more. 

I need to be in the presence of enthusiastic educators dedicated to providing one-on-one guidance to prepare me for First Grade. Kindergarten is an important milestone in my education. The customized learning and small class size will greatly benefit future learning anhelp me garner essential skills. 

yearn for an exceptional education and fun-filled days in an environment that has gone the extra mile to ensure the well-being of memy friends, my family and my teachers! I know that the outside world is scary sometimesPlease choose school that stringently follows mandated health and safety procedures and has introduced additional measures that will be sure to keep us safe from the scary virus that disrupted our year. 

It won’t be the first day of school we imagined. I likely won’t ride the bus this year. There may be new rules around masks and the distance between me and my friends, but together we can prepare for elementary school.   

I appreciate your love and dedication, but it’s time to gather the strength and courage to allow me to thrive in the appropriate place, with the qualified and caring teachers and our friends!

Create A Colorful Masterpiece!

As the children explore air power this month we are encouraging the children to use their breath to explore this! You will pour paint on the paper and have the child blow through the straw to move the paint around.  This creates some pretty stunning art.

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Paint
  • Straws (Reusable Encouraged)

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—For the two year olds you can help to show them what it means to blow (“blow like the candle”). Ask them to choose the colors they would like to paint with and help them to name the colors.
  • Three-year-olds—Have the children name the colors as they choose them. Talk with them about how the air that they are blowing is what is moving the paint!
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Have the children predict what will happen when they blow on the paint, ask them to find other tools that might move the paint in the same way.  Ask your child to write about the experience.

Skills Supported: Explore how it looks and feel when air moves, paint at an easel, color recognition