I still can’t believe my oldest is starting school in a few weeks! Jeremiah is very excited! He picked out his backpack and has been enjoying practicing some of the skills he hopes to learn more about. Having trained as a primary/junior teacher and being blessed with a Kindergarten-teacher mom, I’ve gathered/borrowed some resources that I have found helpful in preparing Jeremiah for Junior Kindergarten. Here are some of them… (Special note: there are some great apps that can be used as well, but I wanted to focus on hands-on materials for this post.)
[Brain Quest]. I scored a couple of these second-hand for 25cents. They may be old school, but they’re awesome! They have alphabet puzzles, number quizzes, “what’s wrong with this picture”, sequencing and much more.
I would like to note that this just scratches the surface of what’s out there, but it gives you an idea of some of the tools I’ve found helpful in hands-on, sitting-down school prep. All that to say, there are a number of preparatory skills/teachables that should be part of every day, in my opinion… MUSIC, PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, ATTITUDE/MANNERS, SOCIAL INTERACTION, BIBLE ENGAGEMENT & HOME SKILLS (IE. BAKING, WORKING WITH TOOLS, SETTING THE TABLE, SORTING LAUNDRY, ETC) are all very important parts of child development. I didn’t mention them because, for us, they just fluidly fit into our day-to-day lives. I would highly recommend using these and anything else that you do with your child to help prepare him/her for school. Their lives (and yours) will be enriched because of your efforts.