With only three months left of this school year, I’m starting to think about how ready my Little H is going to be for Kindergarten come next September.
or not for my girls, their mother is an elementary school teacher. Right now they love the idea of this but as they grow, I’m sure they’re going to dislike their grammar police mother. Just ask my teenager.
Most of the time, I do crafts and art projects with my girls but now that I’m thinking about preparing Little H for the big school, I’ve decided to step it up a notch and spend more of our time together exploring educational games and activities.
In preparation for Spring Break, I brought home supplies from school and bought a few other items at my local dollar store.
And so we began with a few math skills …
1. What does a number look like? How many is … ?
We started off working on her sense of number from 1-10. I brought home this template from school and slipped it into a page protector. Using the shiny rocks, I encouraged Little H to represent each number with a matching set of rocks to give her a visual representation of each number.
2. Numeral Writing: Next, using a mini white board, I would say a number aloud and then Little H would write it on her white board. Once I saw her write it correctly, I would ask her to write it again a few more times for extra practice.
3. Numeral Representation: Last but not least, I would ask Little H to write a number on her white board and then build that number using the shiny rocks. We would repeat this by growing the number by 1 each time I asked her to write a new number.
Altogether, we spent about an hour between each of the three activities and she was engaged and having fun the whole time.
Key to helping your child learn new things?
Make it fun.