Saturday, May 3, 2014

Pre-K Summer Learning Activities and Ideas

CHEERS to College Visits & spreading the KBound FUN!

We recently presented to parents and teachers at a local college.  The topic was "Summertime Learning Activities" and our focus was to provide hands-on, developmentally appropriate, FUN readiness activities for keeping skills sharp during the summer months between pre-K and Kindergarten.  

While we are unable to post entire KBound presentations here (due to legal business contracts), we ARE happy to share specific pieces as you express interest in using them in your magnificent work and play with young children and their families!

The calendars below go along with a powerpoint, which highlights correlating school readiness skills.  Along with the ideas on the calendars, additional activities are presented which support teachers in both providing practice in the classroom AND in their work to encourage practical and meaningful practice at home as well. 

The goal is not one of mastery, but of exposure and practice!  

More pieces of "Summertime Learning Activities"...

Kindergarten Readiness Skills:  We've got you covered!

Encourage writing development through a variety of experiences: shaving cream,
paintbrush&water, chalk, short pencils, clipboards, journals,
books/songs/poems about letters and writing

Helping caregivers, parents, relatives to recognize times
 during a busy day to play word games, point out shapes/colors, read a story,
practice rhyming or counting, follow 2-step directions, ... 

Be sure to revisit our "Going to Kindergarten" BOOKLIST (April 2013 post) for titles and brief summaries of books to read to kiddos who are KBound! 

 Keeping skills sharp, while celebrating the joy and anticipation of this transition time, is KEY! 

M&J :) :)

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

We're STILL here!!!

Yes, your KBound Girls ARE still here!!!
We're enjoying this beautiful&SNOWY winter
... and we're using this snowed-IN Day to play some serious 

CATCH UP!!!!!!! (the KB way ;)

...because we are painfully aware that we haven't reported for Blog Duty since the end of July! (consider the elephant addressed!!!)!  But this is actually very gooooooood news because we've been SO VERY busy both in and out of the classrooms these past months!  
Take a peek at some of the highlights...

In July, we chilled and enjoyed the bright show...

August heat, slooooooowed us down, don't ya know? 

Someone's birthday in September...

the BIG 5-0, one to remember!

Work in October brought schools, trainings, scary faces,... Oh, MY! 

In November, we treated our Memes to pie! (and hats ;)

 December brought presents and time 'round the tree...
time for the fam and for you and for me!

We want to THANK our teacher and director friends for joining us after long days on the job and on weekends, too!  
It's not only FUN, but so POWERFUL to share ideas that are truly meaningful- and simple enough to try with kiddos the very next time you're together!

Preparing children and families for the big move to Kindergarten!
Literacy and Math... Can't have one without the other!

WIN-WIN!  We give AND get ideas everywhere we go!
Setting your children, your classroom, your SELF up for successful behavior!

What's COMING UP?  
We are behind the scenes working on teacher trainings alllllll about Parent/Teacher Conferences and Kindergarten Readiness.  We LOVE knowing that we spent nearly 30 years EXACTLY where these preschoolers are headed.  That's exactly how we know what we know and why we do what we do!

M&J :) :)

P.S. Don't forget to pass the "catch up"- to yourself OR 
to someone else you know who is bound to need it, too!  
That's just life, isn't it?