Let's Get K Ready!

Tips for Parents of Upcoming Kindergartners

Vol.1, No.12

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Welcome! Do you have a preschooler? If so, this newsletter is for you! The "Let's Get K Ready!" news is filled with tips and ideas to prepare your little one for the transition to kindergarten. It is never too early to start! So, start today! If you are on a computer, subscribe for this weekly publication by selecting the orange button to the right "Follow CCPS Family and Community Engagement"; or if you are on your phone, scroll to the bottom to locate the follow button.

This issue highlights learning about patterns. There are so many ways to build learning into your day and be ready for K!

Patterns, Patterns All Around!

Teaching your child basic math skills can help ease the transition to kindergarten and boost his/her confidence. Patterning is an early skill that is foundational and also super fun to learn for preschoolers. Recognizing patterns help children make predictions and develop reasoning skills

So, how can we teach our preschoolers patterns? First, you can point out patterns in your environment. Then, you can recreate patterns with your child. Finally, your child can make predictions about patterns. Here are a few ideas:

1. Find patterns in nature. Find spiral patterns of flowers, shells, and spider webs. Observe the veins and points of leaves. Throw a rock in the water and observe the ripple pattern.

2. Notice patterns on clothing. For instance, a red and white striped shirt may have a red, white, red, white pattern.

3. Make a pattern with your child's toys. Large block, small bock, small block, large block, small block, small block...etc.

4. Grab paper and crayons and create your own patterns! Create pattern art. Here is a cute idea from kinderart.com.

5. Watch this video together Mrs. S's Pattern lesson and help your child learn patterns.

Get more ideas for teaching patterns from this blog post by The Measured Mom. Kids are usually intrigued by discovering patterns. After introducing them to your little, he/she will be noticing them everywhere! #CCPSKReady

Here is a read aloud for you and your child to enjoy! Chesterfield County Public School's Fine Art Specialist Michael Gettings shares this classic story about creative thinking. Unlock the inner artist in your preschooler by giving him/her lots of opportunities to create!
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Preschool Milestones

Have you ever been curious about your child and developmental milestones for his/her age? The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website has videos in English and Spanish to make sure that your child is thriving! Learn about milestones from birth to age 5 here.

CCPS Summer Readiness Programs for Upcoming K Students

Are you interested in sending your uprising kindergartner to a summer learning program? If your answer is yes, Chesterfield County Public Schools is holding Summer Readiness Programs Monday through Thursday, June 28 - July 22. Please see this link for more information about all the CCPS summer programs.

School Readiness Registration Form

Outdoor Family Music- May 29th!

Need an idea for FREE family fun? Chesterfield LIVE!, a free, family-friendly music festival hosted by Chesterfield County in partnership with the Richmond Symphony and the Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce, has been rescheduled for May 29, 2021 to kick off the 2021 summer season. Already confirmed to perform in 2021 are popular musical acts including the Richmond Symphony, jazz ensemble Good Shot Judy and the R&B and soul band En’Novation. The event will occur at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road, and performances will be held under the Richmond Symphony’s iconic “Big Tent.”

In addition to musical entertainment, there will be a children’s play area, local vendors and a variety of food trucks.

Enjoy a stress free time grooving with your little!

More info here.