Let's Get K Ready!
Tips for Parents of Upcoming Kindergartners
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This issue highlights number recognition and gross motor skills. There are so many ways to build learning into your day! #CCPSKREADY (Images-Pre-COVID)
Number Recognition for Preschoolers
TV remotes, clocks, street signs, price tags, and phones all have numbers. So many aspects of our everyday environment utilize numbers. That is why talking with our preschoolers from the earliest age about numbers is natural and also important. Developing number recognition and numeracy skills is a foundation for future learning and will set your child off on the right foot in kindergarten.
How can you help your child with number recognition? Here are some everyday opportunities that you can easily fit into your day.
- Go on a number hunt around the house! Have your child locate all the objects in your house that have numbers.
- Search for a certain number. Show your child a specific number like a "2". See if he/she can discover any other "2"s around the house.
- On a calculator, laptop, or phone, have your child type numbers for you. You could even have your child type numbers in order 0-10.
- Magnetic numbers at the dollar store are great for the refrigerator or they even stick to many cookie sheets. Playing with magnetic numbers and letters gets children familiar with their shapes.
- Help your child learn his/her "special numbers" like their house number, birth date, or bedtime hour.
- Learn important numbers like 911 or family phone numbers.
- Write numbers in shaving cream, chalk, sand, on dry erase boards, and see if your child can copy the number.
- Play games like outdoor games hopscotch or board games like Chutes and Ladders.
- Try these online games together too.
As far as number recognition goes, repetition is the key to success for preschoolers! The more your preschooler is exposed to written numbers, the easier it will be for them to recognize and differentiate between them.
Motor skills are skills that enable us to perform the movements and tasks we do with our bodies daily. Gross motor skills use the large muscles in the body and include broader movements such as walking, jumping, skipping, and throwing a ball. Fine motor skills are those skills that require control and precision in the small muscles of the hand like using a pencil. Both of these skill types are important in the development of young children.
Here are some gross motor milestones for 4-5 year old:
- Standing on one foot for 5 seconds.
- Walking up and downstairs with alternating feet.
- Climbing on jungle gym and ladders.
- Pedaling a tricycle.
- Kicking a ball forwards.
- Throwing a ball overarm.
- Catching a ball with hands without using arms and body.
- Running around obstacles.
- Jumping 10 times in a row.
- Walking on tiptoes.
- Walking along a line.
- Safely performing a forward roll.
- Hopping on one foot.
- Jumping over an object and landing with both feet together.
The best way to practice these skills is to get outdoors and move with your child! Start by visiting a park or playground this weekend!
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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.