Let's Get K Ready!
A Newsletter for Parents of Upcoming Kindergarten Students
Vol. 1, No. 2
What is the Best Part of Kindergarten?
Help Your Child Develop Print Awareness!
All those letters and symbols in our everyday environments on posters, signs, menus, and labels have meaning, right? Our children don't automatically know that! So teaching them to be aware of the printed word around them is super important! Print awareness is one of the earliest introductions to learning to read.
Children need to understand that print has different functions like:
-the words in a book tell a story
-a sign can announce a favorite restaurant or a road name
- a label on food item will help us know what we are eating
Print awareness is also understanding that print is organized in specific ways. These are some simple things that we have to model and teach our children:
- how to hold a book
- the parts of a book (cover, back, front, pages, top, bottom)
- we read left to right and from the top of a page to the bottom
- there spaces a placed between words
- punctuation marks have meaning
The ability to understand how print works comes to a child through adults reading to them and pointing out letters, words, and other features of the print on signs, posters, labels, menus and other places in our everyday environment.
So what else can you do to help your child with this skill?
-play word games
-label objects in your house
-point out signs and words as you are riding in the car
-read large print books and point to the words as you read
-talk about the parts of a book (front, back, title, author) and the parts of words (letters, capital, lowercase)
Two Everyday Learning Opportunities! Label Your Home and Parts of a Book!
Dealing with Feelings!
Benefits of Coloring and Drawing for Children
Did you know that using colored pencils, markers and crayons to color in art pages and coloring books benefit children in multiple ways? First off, coloring enhances fine motor skills and helps build muscles in children's fingers. This is a skill is a must for kindergartners who will be writing daily. In addition, keeping the color between the lines helps develops hand eye coordination. Coloring is also a relaxing form of self expression and stimulates creativity. There are lots of opportunities to talk and develop new vocabulary when drawing. If your child is tired, cranky, or bored, have some color pages and crayons handy. Encourage him/her to sit down and immerse himself/herself into the rhythm of coloring. In just a little time, you will be able to refocus your tired little one with this mindful activity.
So, try pulling together a basket or box of crayons, markers, colored pencils and color pages and books today! It's basic and effective as it reaps physical and psychological benefits.
Download and print some free color pages at this link. The Twinkl account is free for parents and caregivers.
Family and Community Engagement Specialist