- Fraser Public Schools
- Kindergarten Readiness
This page has summer learning opportunities for students preparing to enter DK or Preschool in the fall.
Click on the headings below to expand a list of activities our teachers put together that can be done at home throughout the summer.
In addition, we have created weekly activity calendars as a guide for families.
English Language Arts
help your child’s language skills by talking, reading and singing to them everyday. Stop using baby talk.
- Environmental print: look for stop signs, McDonald’s sign, etc
- Outside chalk: draw uppercase and lowercase letters. Create an alphabet chain. Hopscotch game.
- Water paint
- TV (closed caption)
- Going through junk mail, look for certain letters
- Make own flashcards
- Make letters out of found objects
- Write letters in shaving cream, dirt, or sand.
- Use sticky notes to write letters on. Stick the note on something that starts with that letter.
- Practice saying ABC’s..not just singing them. “I say A...you say__ (B)”, clap out the letters.
- Keep a summer journal. Have your child draw a picture and write a word or two about what it is. Developmentally it is okay for them to be at any stage of writing. (scribbles, individual scribbles to represent letters, any letter to represent a word, a letter to represent the first sound, letters to represent the first and last sound, letters to represent all the sounds.)
- Rhyming around the house. Find two items in your house that rhyme. (book, hook) (dog, log) Then say more words that rhyme with the rhyming pair.
- Rainy Day Rhymes
- Rhyming pair? Adult says two words and the child decides if they rhyme or not. You can use thumbs up if they rhyme thumbs down if they don’t rhyme. Switch roles.
- Create puppets from a story using paper and popsicle sticks. Retell the story with them.
- Take turns telling each other short stories (fiction or nonfiction) without interrupting.
- Create a story line by line. You start the story, someone adds to it.
- Lay on a blanket in the backyard. How many different sounds can you hear?
- Play with words and rhyming. Can you come up with silly rhymes for things. (i.e. grass/bass, oven/boven, Fido/Mido)
- Talking on the phone
- Repeat after me games.
- Say it high, say it low, use silly voices. Use while reading, also.
- Games that involve multistep directions: (example of multi-step direction:go get your coat, go get your coat and put it on, go get your coat and put it on and zip it up.)
- Listen and do songs (hokey pokey, chicken dance, simon says)
- Follow 3 Directions game. Give your child three directions at one time. Have them do all three things. (i.e. hop 4 times, crawl under the coffee table and sit on the couch) If they have trouble remembering all three. Say them, have child repeat them while they close their eyes and visualize doing each thing. If three is easy see how many you can give them before it is too hard.
- Write your child’s first name in a hi-lighter and have him trace over it. Use a capital letter at the beginning and then lowercase letters.
- ex. Michael not MICHAEL
- Once your child has mastered his first name, work on your last name.
- Write in the sand, shaving cream, with chalk on the sidewalk and in the air etc.
- Tape paper on the underside of a table and have your child write or draw a picture under the table.
- Use small pencils, small crayons, or small pieces of chalk to assist your child in learning a correct grasp
- Practice writing numbers 1-10
- Practice writing first and last name together using upper and lowercase letters.
- Use different writing instruments: pencils, paintbrushes, markers, finger, chalk, etc.
- Offer paper and suggest your child draw and write a grocery list.
- Pick one of your child’s favorite stories to read. Talk about the characters in the story and what they are doing. You can also make predictions of what will happen on the next page by looking at the pictures.
- Read a book and have your child retell the story back to you.
- Read a story and talk about the setting Where and when the story takes place. On a farm at night. Ask questions about how they know it is day time or night time. What clues tell you the story takes place on a farm?
- Read a book and have your child point out letters, or maybe even words, that they know in the title or on a specific page.
- Read daily
- Read different material: cereal boxes, manuals/directions, recipes (children mimic what adults around them do. When parents read, children read)
- Finger reading...read with your finger to show that we read left to right, top to bottom, how we turn a page without ripping/bending the book (respecting the book) Make sure your child can see the words you are reading
- Use sticky notes to write numbers 0-9. Use cereal, goldfish, m&ms, coins, etc. to count out that many items. If that is easy at a one before each number and try the teen numbers.
- Go on a scavenger hunt: count 20 squirrels, 10 cars, 15 trees etc.
- Earth Day Scavenger Hunt
- Sort tupperware or plastic lids
- Make patterns out of objects
- Make pile of clean socks. Sort the socks into pairs.
- Play War with cards. Use the terms more than, less than and equal to.
- Use playing cards 1-4 or make cards with dots. Pick two cards. How many do you have all together?
- ‘I spy” Math
- Help set the table. Count out how many forks, knives, and spoons you will need.
- Fourth of July Scavenger Hunt-How many flags can you count in your neighborhood.
- Cooking or baking with your child and talk about the recipe, talk about the measurements, compare sizes of the measuring cups/spoons, talk about what dry and wet ingredients.
- Playing board games...taking turns is an important skill
- Dice games: Roll the dice and build a tower, roll the dice and exercise
- Estimation jar, or take a handful of goldfish or cheerios and guess how many are in your hand.
- Sorting coins or other object
- Graphing objects such as fruit loops, cars vs trucks, m&ms,
- Measurement: Comparing lengths, weight, temperature, time: introduce rulers, clocks with hands, timers, scales
- Find shapes around your house (identify them, draw the shapes)
- Find something that is your size, that is bigger than you, and is smaller than you. Look in different locations, both inside and outside of your house.
- Try bear walking: with hands and feet on the floor, move right arm and leg forward simultaneously, then move left arm and leg, repeat. You can do this around the house or outside! Count how many bear steps it takes you to get from one room to another!
- Try crab walking: lean back and put hands on floor, walk backwards using hands and feet alternately. Try having a crab walking race with a sibling or parent.
- Practice riding a bike.
- See who can hop the furthest on one leg.
- Can you do a somersault? Yes! How many can you do in a row?
- Bounce a ball
- Play catch
- ‘Go Noodle”
- Jack Hartman “Workout to the Letter sounds”
- Put music on and have a dance party with your child. Make up some silly dance moves together to get your bodies moving.
- Make a tape or chalk maze.
- Walk/run like an animal. How does a lion move, a monkey, a fish, a snake?
- Have a race with someone special.
- Create an obstacle course with stuffed animals and furniture.
- Try yoga. Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube is great.
- Move like transportation. Fly like a plane, chug like a train, zip like a racecar.
- Have a dance party.
- Have a feather or cotton ball race. Lie on your belly and try to blow it a certain distance.
- Create an Obstacle Course: use lots of directional words when designing your course, such as move around the couch, under the dining table, over the pillow
- Practice having your child dress independently. Include options for practice with zipping, buttoning, and snapping
- Practice having your child use the restroom independently from start to finish, including washing your hands for 20 seconds.
- Play with playdough. Try to make balls and worms. Take the worms and make letters or shapes. Use a scissors and plastic knife to practice cutting.
- Use beads and string to make a bracelet or necklace. Put a knot on one end so the beads don’t fall off and let your child have fun. You can also make a color pattern out of the beads.
- Practice cutting out coupons,pictures in old magazines, cereal box labels, or shapes they draw.
- Use a stick to draw in the sand or dirt.
- Position a flashlight to point at a blank wall, turn out the lights, and make shadows. See how many shapes or animals you can make. Make your shadows grow and shrink.
- Do some artistic expression. You can use paint, chalk, markers, crayons, etc. Practice making marks on paper in any way that your child chooses. Help your child to write his/her name on the paper.
- Practice cutting skills by using scissors to snip or cut on a line. If you do not have kid scissors at home, try tearing paper instead while putting your child on his/her tummy on the floor.
- Do pre-writing. Make marks on paper, copy lines/shapes, practice name writing. Use small pieces of crayon, chalk, etc. to help with hand grasp.
- Noodle game: use dry elbow noodles and have your child pick them up between their thumb and index finger and insert them into a small opening in a container. Try toothpick, mini marshmallows, marbles, etc
- Take small pieces of aluminum foil and roll into tight ball
- Fingerplays..Itsy Bitsy spider, Wheels on the bus, etc
- Squeezing out sponges
- Talk with your child about people they see in and around town that help us and what they are doing to help us. Community Helpers: postal worker, police, fire, ambulance, librarian, store clerk, etc.
- Talk with a grandparent and ask questions about what life was like when they were young. What kind of activities did they do? What kind of clothing did they wear? Where did they go on trips? What kind of games did they play? What were their favorite foods?
- Make an all about me book: My favorite color, I am ___ years old, My family, my friends, My favorite food, my favorite book, my favorite place to go, etc. Child draws pictures. Child can try to write sounds he/she hears in the words and/or adult can write dictation on each page.
- Do a kind deed. Is there something you could do to help a neighbor, grandma, a friend?
- Hand washing
- Make a zoo at home, talk about where the animals come from (animal habitats)
- My home scavenger hunt
- Have a picnic with your family, include your child in the planning of a family outing
- Give your child the responsibility of doing chores
- Bake Something - discuss how you need to follow directions and how what happens when you mix things together and it bakes.
- Make a “lava lamp” put oil, water, and food coloring in a clean empty bottle, add an alka-seltzer tablet and watch as it starts making lava. You can add additional alka-seltzer tablets as it stops bubbling.
- Build 2-D shapes using mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Can you build a circle? Why or why not?
- Build a bridge that will hold one of your Hot Wheels cars or small toy.
- Watch the water cycle. Put an inch of water in a ziploc baggie and tape it to a window.
- Build a tower out of a spaghetti noodle and circle cereal. Try sticking the spaghetti in playdough as a base or do the activity outside. Stick the noodle in the dirt and leave the cereal for the squirrels to eat. How long does it take for the squirrels to find it?’
- Weather journal
- Playing with shadows: *Circle Shadow Hunt: https://vimeo.com/405806117 (can also use a pipe cleaner to make the wand)
- Sink or Float: Use the kitchen sink, bathtub, or a bin filled with water. Gather some objects that you think may sink or may float
- What melts in the Sun?: Fill a muffin tin with an assortment of objects that you think might or might not melt. These may be a lego, ice, wooden block, rock, butter, cheese cube, marble, coin, chocolate, crayon. Place the tray in the sun and set a timer for 10 minutes. What do you see? Set the tray in the sun for longer. Keep track of how much time is passing. What changes are you noticing?
- Make your alphabet letter from things from outside
- Build a terrrarium, watch it grow
- Sit and watch the animals in your own backyard, even the insects. What do you see? What do you hear? Be kind to all the animals.
- Watch the stars, look at the sunset, find the moon (do a moon journal, see how it changes)
- Exploring Ramps: Explore how the texture of a ramp’s surface affects how fast an object goes down a ramp. Set up two ramps (cardboard, wood planks, blocks, books). Make sure they have the same height. Cover each ramp with a different kind of material (towels, sandpaper, paper towels, bubble wrap). Choose two objects that are the same size. Make a guess: Which will go faster? Record your data. How can you change this experiment?
- Making a garage or doll bed from an empty box
- Playing doctor or veterinarian with a doll or stuffed animal
- Making a birthday party or a tea party for a doll or stuffed animal
- Playing grocery store and making a pretend list and pretend money
- Lining up shoes and playing shoe store
- Setting up chairs in two rows and pretending to go on a trip
- Putting a blanket over a table to make a cozy playhouse
- Make a fort in the backyard.
- Be a mermaid or pirate in the pool.
- Have picnic in your backyard
- Use plastic water bottles as bowling pins and roll a ball to knock them down. Take turns.
- Put on a fashion show.
- Put on a concert or a play (retell a story) for your stuffed animal/dolls.