When my son was in preschool, I created this free Kindergarten readiness book for him. I printed it out, bound it into a 3 ring paper folder, and made a copy for each child in his class and the teachers had the kids work on it for a few months before preschool ended.
It is both a keepsake book plus, having gone through the ropes with his two older sisters, a Kindergarten readiness book to capture all the academic concepts I thought he needed for Kindergarten:
- Counting to 10
- Bonus: counting to 10 in Spanish
- Letters of the alphabet
- Bonus: lower case alphabet
- Days of the Week
- Bonus: Counting to 100 (and even by 10′s!)
I included some drawing prompts too:
- Self portrait
- Favorite animal
- What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
- Favorite Thing to Do At Preschool
You can download this FREE printable book: My Book About Me Read more…
For the last day of April and National Poetry Month, I am so excited to welcome my guest author, Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of poetry picture book Forest Has a Song. She has inspired me, a poetry-phobe to explore poetry with her gentle coaxing so I asked her to please write a post on teaching poetry at home with kids.
In concluding my month celebrating National Poetry Month, I hope that all of us feel more comfortable with poetry and will enjoy it the rest of the year with our kids. What poetry books are your favorites? Please share!
Teaching Poetry at Home to Your Children
Laughing and pointing, all five of us sat and watched as Cali and Sage, our two Border Collie mixes, wrestled on the rug. Charmed again by the antics of animals, nine-year-old Henry commented, “You know…if we didn’t have pets, we would be different people.” Henry was right. And his exact words have stayed in my mind for the past two years; they were a spoken poem. Read more…
Best Apps with Science Concepts for Kids
I am starting to buy into this idea of teaching and really connecting material through games and apps. I was sort of on board with this concept, but since playing around with The Elements (a Harry Potter version of the Periodic Table) that my brother-in-law turned me on to, I am now a believer as I saw, with my own eyes, how captivated my kids were with the Periodic Table, an otherwise dull chart. Since my recollection of Organic Chemistry is quite scant, I really appreciate how I don’t actually have to do much except show my kids where the content is located to get them to read up on the elements. Read more…
Skip Counting Songs to Learn Multiplication and Division
I was slow to get her oldest to master multiplication facts. By the middle of third grade, my daughter was tested weekly on multiplication; times twos, times five and times ten were not so hard but then all of a sudden, we had a week to learn x3, then another week for x4, and on and on. Yikes. A fast way to learn multiplication was in order. Luckily, my mom friend was a third grade teacher. She found that some children learn very effortlessly though song. These are the skip-counting songs that she taught in her classroom. Although, my daughter wasn’t that excited to sing these songs, hearing them sung incessantly helped her to master multiplication, and these songs work even better for division.
p.s. Other math posts.
Math Karaoke App for Learning Math Facts
More Multiplication Strategies from Kids That Work
Math Facts Games for Kids
I find that no matter how good your elementary school is, there is always a need to supplement your child’s math curriculum at home. For some of my kids, they needed additional challenge that their school was not providing. For another child, I found that she needed more individualized attention to really “get it.” All of my kids benefited from additional math fact drills, and home supplementation helped me to understand how my child learns and exactly what each child needed additional practice on. Read more…
How to Detect and Get Rid of Lice
I have battled lice twice thus far. Between my school’s PTO website, the summer camp nurse, and the web, I found a plethora of information both helpful and confusing. Below is what I found to be successful in eradicating lice. I hope this helps you in your battle against head lice. Read more…