Getting Ready for Kindergarten or Preschool
I have some posts to help with this transition getting your child ready from pre-Kindergarten to Kindergarten.
I have book reviews and the rest of the list.
This has a great list of activities including fine motor, scissors, sensory, mid-line crossing, developing handwriting skills, ocular motor control, and eye-hand coordination. This article is by Loubina Buxamusa, an Occupational Therapist, and Ann Mahoney, an Early Childhood Specialist.
Has Kindergarten Changed or are Kids Smarter? (Harvard Education Letter)
In the ongoing battle over kindergarten—has exploratory play been shunted aside for first-grade-style pencil-and-paper work?—one of the nation’s oldest voices in child development is weighing in with historic data.
Why Preschool is Critical for Future Success in the Work Place!
NPR has a feature on why preschool is the best job training program. Nobel prize-winning economist James Heckman found that the soft skills necessary for success in the workplace — things like “being able to pay attention and focus, being curious and open to new experiences, and being able to control your temper and not get frustrated” — were skills that were learned, not in high school or college, but during preschool!
The invented spelling phase is both a necessary step in learning to READ as well as write. As a parent, it’s also a phase that is short-lived and wonderfully fun and funny. Save those first works of invented spelling stories for your child’s memory box. It doesn’t get any better than this!
My kids were introduced to SAT words through picture books in Kindergarten. Here’s how along with the book list.
More picture books with great vocabulary.
I made this book for my son’s preschool both as a Kindergarten readiness book and as a special keepsake. I hope you have fun using it too!
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BEST #OWNVOICES CHILDREN’S BOOKS: My Favorite Diversity Books for Kids Ages 1-12 is a book that I created to highlight books written by authors who share the same marginalized identity as the characters in their books.