This is officially the last week of school for 2019-2020! It has been a wild, crazy ride switching to online learning in the last half of the school year but we did it! Carrie, Vanessa, and I have missed your kids like crazy and we are really looking forward to seeing them one last time before summer break in our Google Meets this week.
This post will be a little longer than our usual weekly learning post because our Pre-K team wanted to give our students a little extra material to use all summer long if they wanted to 🙂
Before we get to that I just want to send out some birthday wishes to our kids who will celebrate birthdays over the summer.
Happy Birthday to Ryder S. who turns 4 on July 4th and Abigail who turns 5 on August 27th.
Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of ABC Ready For School
Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of 5 Little Ducklings Go to School
Literacy Activity: Read Aloud of Ready Set Kindergarten
Language Activity: Sing a Long of The ABC Song
Here are a collection of ABC songs from my favourite Super Simple Songs.
Numeracy Activity: How Many Are Hiding?
This is a simple game that teaches early math skills such as counting, 1:1 correspondence, seriality, counting on, and estimation. To play you need about 5-10 small objects like toys, buttons, rocks, or even beans. You also need an object to hide them in like a cup.
- Place out 4 toys and count them with your child.
- Tell your child to remember that number and then hide their eyes.
- While your child is not looking hide one toy.
- Tell your child to open their eyes and look at the number of toys left behind.
- Ask them if they can guess how many are hiding.
- Help them count the toys remaining, and then help them figure out how many toys are gone.
- Try again with different amounts.
- Start with a low number of toys but expand the amount of objects as your child gets the rules.
- You can also play this game with a snack or treat item like Goldfish Crackers or fruit snacks. If your child guesses the right number than they get to keep the treat that was hidden.
Numeracy Activity: Sorting Shapes and Colours
Here are a couple game ideas on helping your child to learn their shapes and colours. In the shape sorts below it is important to help your child name the shapes and to talk with them about what they look like. “Look the circle is round like a ball. It doesn’t have straight lines. And the square has 4 straight lines”. If your child knows their basic shapes try teaching them about ovals, diamonds, octagons, etc.
These ideas are from http://www.busytoddler.com and can can be viewed here and here.
There are a lot of ways you can practice recognizing and naming colours with your child. The quickest way is to simple dump out some of their toys and challenge them to find certain colours until you have several different piles sorted out.
In the picture below, the parent saved lids from their child’s snacks and milk jugs and threw them in a pool of water. The child is fishing them out and sorting them by colour as she goes.
This idea is from http://www.icanteachmychild.com and can be viewed here.
Recipe Idea: Fruit Skewers
This is a fun way to talk with your child about healthy snacks and it is simple enough that your child can help make it. Simply take you and your child’s favourite fruits and chop them into small chunks. Then let your child push them onto the skewer. I have found the long skewers at the Dollar Store and grocery stores in the past.
You can view the recipe here.
Fine Motor Activities:
Activity One: Name Puzzle
You can help your child learn to recognize the letters in their name and how to put them in order by helping them make a name puzzle. You can write their name on a piece of paper and cut out each letter or you can use bottle caps or even clothespins like in the pictures below.
At first, you may need to help your child find the letters and name them and then help them put them in order. With practice your child should be able to recognize and name each letter in their name.
Activity Two: Learn the Shape of the Letters in Your Name
This activity creates a “tactile” way for your child to learn the letters of their name by touching them. With this activity you can help your child learn the shape of letters and how to draw them by helping to guide your child’s finger over each letter. Encourage your child to start at the top of each letter.
If your child already know the letters in their name, you can try the names of family members, pets, or favourite characters.
To make this you can draw your child’s name using glitter glue or you can use white glue and sprinkle on coloured sugar. Hint: To make coloured sugar simply add a couple drops of food colouring and mix it until the sugar is evenly coloured.
This idea is from http://www.preschoolinspirations.com and you can view her instructions here.
Activity Three: Trace Your Name
Some of our children are independently writing their full first name, but several of them are still learning to write their letters and what order to put them in. To assist your child with this you can try this easy activity from http://www.kidsactivitiesblog.com. Simply take a highlighter and write your child’s name, nice and big. Then encourage your child to trace their name. You may need to place your hand over your child’s to help them the first few times. Remember to start at the top for each letter.
Activity Three: Make a Puffy Paint Picture
Puffy paint is easy to make and it is a lot of fun to paint with. Once it dries it creates a cool 3D effect that feels “puffy” to the touch.
We have the recipe over on our recipe page but the recipe is so short and easy I can include it here too 🙂
- Mix equal parts shaving cream and white glue.
- Add a few drops of food colouring (optional, you can always leave it white)
- Stir to mix.
Use an old paintbrush to paint with or the back of a plastic spoon. (Don’t use a good brush because it is hard to wash out the gluey paint after.
You can make any picture you like. Here are some inspirations:
Activity Four: Make Cloud Dough
Cloud dough is a version of playdough that is softer and silkier than the original. This is another easy recipe, in fact it is so easy your child can make it!
- Mix equal amounts of lotion and cornstarch.
- Optional: you can add a couple drops of food colour.
This idea is from http://www.thebestideasforkids.com and you can view their instructions here.
Activity Four: Draw a person
This one is as simple as it sounds. Simply, ask you child to draw a person. You can talk with them about the different parts that people have: head, body, arms, legs, feet, toes, fingers and the different parts of the face: eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and hair.
In the pictures below you can see that there is a developmental progression to drawing a person. Typically, young children start out with scribbles, and then as they mature their drawings become more organized and more details are added.
Gross Motor Activities
Activity One: Here is a bucket list of activities to do this summer that our team made!
You can click on the picture above to open the printable PDF or click on: Summer Bucket List
Activity Two: Here are a few Cosmic Kids Yoga Ideas
And finally, for those rainy days, here are some great Read Alouds and Sing a Longs to last you all summer long 🙂
Have a great summer and see you soon!