Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Get Ready for Kindergarten Through Play Series

My five year old graduated from his Kinderprep program today and is SO EXCITED to start Kindergarten in the Fall.

To help him stay prepared I have teamed up with five fabulous bloggers to bring you the Get Ready for Kindergarten Through Play series this summer. If your little one isn't ready for this yet, just pin it and file it away for a few years down the road. It is going to be fantastic and filled with fun and playful learning ideas!

The Get Ready for Kindergarten Through Play series will focus on activities that develop the thinking, social, emotional, motor and learning skills your child needs to be successful in school. The series will run for eight weeks and we will share new posts every Wednesday from June 12th through July 31st.

Here's the schedule:
Week 1 - Language
Week 2 - Social & Emotional Skills
Week 3 - Independence Skills
Week 4 - Math Concepts
Week 5 - Books, Reading & Literacy
Week 6 - Fine Motor & Writing Skills
Week 7 - Alphabet & Phonics
Week 8 - Ready to Learn Skills

Each of the five bloggers will share a different post based on the different themes each week. My wonderful partners include Megan from Coffee Cups and Crayons, Vicky from Mess for Less, Cerys of Rainy Day Mum, MaryAnne of Mama Smiles and our organizer, Bern from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.

You can find even more learning ideas on our Get Ready for K Through Play Pinterest Board.

I hope you find that this series is useful to you and your child... either now or in the future! I will be linking all of the posts on this page, so pin this post if you want to find all of the posts in this series in one place.

Week 1: Language

Developing Kindergarten Language Skills from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Create a Story Box with Free Printables from Mess for Less
Language Experience Stories from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Play to Promote Language Development from Mama Smiles
Using Puppets for Language Development from Toddler Approved

Week 2: Social Skills

5 Ideas for a Successful Playtime with Friends from Toddler Approved
Teacher Says! A Following Directions & Listening Game from Coffee Cups and Crayons
Social and Emotional Skills for Children from Mama Smiles
Helping the Shy Child Prepare for Kindergarten from Mess for Less
Fun Games to Promote Sharing & Turn Taking from Rainy Day Mum
Top 5 Social Skills for Kindergarten Readiness from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Week 3: Independent Skills

3 Independence Skills Your Child Needs for Kindergarten by Coffee Cups and Crayons

Week 4 - Math Concepts

Snack Time Math Practice by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Fostering Kindergarten Math Skills through Play by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
3 Playful Ways to Learn Math by Mama Smiles
Post-It Math Games by Mess for Less
Pool Time Math Fun by Toddler Approved
Number Prints by Rainy Day Mum

Week 5 - Books, Reading & Literacy

How to Read Aloud to Your Child by Coffee Cups and Crayons
10 Early Readers for Beginning Readers by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Help Your Child Learn to Read by Mama Smiles
Sensory Sight Word Games by Mess for Less
Blowing Down Sight Words by Toddler Approved
Bringing Books Alive by Rainy Day Mum

Week 6 - Fine Motor & Writing Skills

Scissor Practice Tips for Preschoolers by Coffee Cups and Crayons
5 Playful Ways to Develop Fine Motor Skills by Mama Smiles
Fine Motor Practice with Straws by Mess for Less
Fine Motor Skills Crafts for Kids by Toddler Approved
Simple Fine Motor Activities for Home by Rainy Day Mum
55 Ways to Make Handwriting Practice Fun by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

Week 7 - Alphabet & Phonics

20 Alphabet & Phonics activities for kids by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
Walk the Word: A Gross Motor Phonics Game by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Learning Letters and their Sounds by Mama Smiles
Water Balloon Phonics Game by Mess for Less
Active Alphabet Activities by Toddler Approved
Chalk Letters by Rainy Day Mum

Week 8 - Ready to Learn Skills 

10 Ways to Help Kids Get Ready to Learn by Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
10 Ways to Ease Kindergarten Anxiety by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Scholastic Success by Mama Smiles
Establishing a Bedtime Routine for Back to School by Mess for Less
Creating an After School Routine by Toddler Approved
Setting Up a Homework Station by Rainy Day Mum

Thank you to My Cute Graphics for the use of the superhero kids graphic.

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