This fall, school will look completely different. Sure, most kids, ended their school year virtually learning, due to COVD-19. My son’s preschool did not prepare for virtual learning, and I don’t blame them. That would have been a lot to take in for a 4/5-year-old. My kid was very excited to start “big school” this coming school year. There’s been a big fuss about it in our household. To get him acclimated to the idea, we’ve been talking about Kindergarten. “I can’t wait to go to Kindergarten, Mommy. I’m so excited”. We’ve just received notice, “big school” will start virtually due to COVID-19.
Face it, young children are going to have a hard time with this whole virtual learning thing. I think most kids will be behind once school returns to normal, if ever. Once we got the stay at home orders, my first inclination was to drive Kindergarten prep into high gear. We already had some things in place. My son’s preschool introduced great tools to prepare him. I took what they started and honed in at home.
Here are some of the tools we are using to prepare for Kindergarten and beyond:
This is an interactive learning app, focusing on phonics, sight words, and reading comprehension. The kid loves it, and it’s FREE!
This workbook is a collection of engaging practice pages designed to help master essential skills in reading, writing, vocabulary, math, and more. There more than 300 skill-building practice pages, and it includes ready-to-use flash cards.
By the end of Kindergarten, your child will have to and should read several “sight words”. Preschool Prep Company makes learning sight words fun and easy. It helps children can master “sight words” with the same rapid speed that they learned letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. Meet the Sight Words is used in schools across the country. My son watches one level of Meet the Sight Words during “learning time” for about 2 weeks until we move on to the next level.
We started with Set 1. This is a set of 12 easy-to-read, phonics-based books that are about 12 pages each. All of the words in the books can be sounded out. Each book introduces a few new letters, and there are about 7 to 20 words per book. My son loves the stories and funny pictures, and each night he looks forward to reading to mommy.
I try to find fun yet educational activities that reinforce all of the tools we have in place. Every 2 weeks, I give a pop-quiz. There isn’t a whole bunch of structure during the quiz. I just try to ensure he is learning and can show it. The quiz can be math, reading, spelling, or a combination of the three. I don’t spend tons of time on it because I know his attention span isn’t that long. So, we spend just enough time to get the job done. Because it’s fun and does not have a rigorous structure, he’s more inclined to participate and succeed.
I have always said, if I don’t teach my child anything else, I am going to teach him to be kind, how to read and count money. So far, so good. He’s been doing great. And although I am proud of his progress, I am most proud to see him be excited about learning. I enjoy watching him strive hard to get the correct answers and applaud himself when he succeeds.