Skills to Practice for Summertime Kindergarten Readiness

School will be starting before you know it, but we still have about one-half of our summer left–depending on when you start school. While summer is a time for relaxing and taking a break from studying, it’s also a great time to get your child ready for their first day of Kindergarten because there isn’t any pressure or deadlines.

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Lalymom has a great post on creative and fun ways to practice skills like learning personal information (phone numbers, address, name), following directions, getting dressed independently, strengthening those gross motor skills (running, jumping, etc.), understanding routines, writing and more! She has put together a great round-up of blog posts–so instead of duplicating her efforts, I’m going to post a link to her blog and ask you to stop by at some point this week.

And then I’m going to remind you to stop by your local library to check out a stack of books that you can read with your child to help get them ready to read and get them excited about school!

Monday is One Day

9780439789240Going to work, school, or the store can be hard–especially when you have to leave your children with another family member, teacher, or caregiver. Depending on where you are going, it could be hours before you are reunited. Young children can become very upset, nervous, or scared since they have little understanding of what “time” really is.

Monday is One Day by Arthur A Levine is a great picture book for young children that goes through the days of the week counting down until the week is over. The book features diverse families like grandparents raising a child, two men with a child, one father with a child, just a mom and a child, twins and their parents, etc.

The hardest part of going to work is being apart from you…

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While you aren’t always able to give your child 100% of your attention during the work week, the book highlights the little moments that can be made special just because you are together.

But by the end of the week, parent and child are able to unite for a fun day of relaxing and play.

And Sunday’s our fun day: A kiss and a cuddle, a dance in a puddle, a dinosaur huddle, a sweet family muddle!

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I hope you are able to enjoy at least one day a week with your child. Be sure to visit the library and check out this wonderful book. If you can’t make it on the weekend, make it one of those special moments together during the week.

Summer Fun Weekly Calendar

Every month, we post an activity calendar filled with ideas for you to keep laughing, playing, and reading throughout the month. But as I as looking for some new ideas, I came across a very simple calendar that you can keep on hand for those days that you just need one more thing to do to keep the children active and engaged.

This graphic comes from ReMarkableHome and is a free download. Just click the image to get the larger, printable version.

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