Entering Pre-Kindergarten II

Favorite Books to Read: 
  • If I Built a House/Car (by Chris van Dusen)
  • Chrysanthemum (by Kevin Henkes)
  • The Book with No Pictures (by BJ Novak)
  • Sheep in a Jeep series (by Nancy Shaw)
  • Millie Waits for the Mail (by Alexander Steffensmeier)
  • Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer (by Andrea Beaty)
  • The Name Jar (by Yangsook Choi)
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window (by Norton Juster)
Apps to Try:
  • Letter School
  • Little Writer
  • Endless School Bundle (there are several different individual apps available in the “Endless” series)
  • Word Teller for Kids
  • TinyHands Puzzles and Games
  • Abricot Games - Hide and Seek
  • LEGO and LEGO Jr.
  • Crazy Gears
  • Faces iMake
  • KidQ (Scholastic Parent and Child)
  • Bedtime Math
  • Kindoma (read together over video chat)

Websites with More Ideas:

Pre-Kindergarten II students will need the following items when school begins:
  • Water bottle (to be sent home each afternoon)
  • Healthy snack (daily)
  • Large Ziploc-style bag containing a weather appropriate change of clothes, including socks and shoes.
  • All items coming to school to be clearly labeled with your child’s name, including coats, water bottle and snack containers, backpacks, lunchboxes and lovies (if staying beyond noon dismissal), etc.
  • The following forms must also be on file: State of Florida Health form, Immunization Record, and a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport.  
Gross Motor Skills:
  • Make an obstacle course either inside or outside your home. You can use cardboard boxes for jumping over or climbing through, broomsticks for laying between chairs for “limbo” (going under), and pillows for walking around. Let your child help lay out the course. After a couple of practice tries, have him complete the obstacle course. Then try hopping or jumping through the course.
  • Play “bucket hoops.” Have your child stand about 6 feet away and throw a medium-size ball overhand at a large bucket or trash can. For fun outdoors on a summer day, fill the bucket with water.
  • When your child has friends over, encourage them to play games that require working together. Try building a tent out of old blankets, playing catch, or acting out stories.
  • Stay active! Ride tricycles, walk on a balance beam, hop on one foot, wheelbarrow walk or crab walk, climb the monkey bars or small trees, swing, and swim!
  • Play toss and catch games in a kneeling position

Fine Motor Skills:
  • Build a store, house, puppet stage, or fire truck out of old boxes. Your child can invite a friend over to play store or house, have a puppet show, or be firefighters.
  • Go on a walk and pick up things you find. Bring the items home and help your child sort them into groups. For example, groups can include rocks, paper or leaves. Encourage your child to start a collection of special things. Find a box or special place where he can display the collection.
  • Provide opportunities for your child to be creative. Empty containers, glue, newspapers, rubber bands, and magazines can be used to make new inventions. Make a collage or their own creative design. Cut out specific shapes, such as coupons.
  • Practice picking up any kind of beans, pom-poms, etc. with tweezers.
  • “Write” and mail a letter to a friend or relative. Provide your child with paper, crayons or pencil, and an envelope. Let your child draw, scribble, or write; or he can tell you what to write down. When your child is finished, let him fold the letter to fit in the envelope, lick, and seal. You can write the address on the front. Be sure to let him decorate the envelope as well. After he has put the stamp on, help mail the letter.
  • Make chains, bracelets, etc. out of paper clips or let them cut paper into strips to make larger chains, independently taping them together for practice at controlling the paper and tape!
  • Practice writing first names of friends, toys, and relatives. Your child may need to trace the letters of these names at first. Be sure to write in large print letters.
  • Let your child help you with simple cooking tasks such as mashing potatoes, making cheese sandwiches, and fixing a bowl of cereal. Afterward, see if he can tell you the order that you followed to cook and mash the potatoes or to get the bread out of the cupboard and put the cheese on it
  • Make playdough together, letting your child measure and pour the ingredients. After cooking, roll “snakes,” form small balls to smash, or make other creations from their imagination.
  • Create a sensory box with a large storage container. Add a variety of items throughout the summer, such as sand, rice, birdseed, or water; funnels, spoons, cups, and items to pour with; or safety scissors (with supervision) with different items to cut (straws, paper, construction paper, cardstock, envelopes, etc.)
  • Work on independently completing puzzles. (Trade with neighbors to keep them fresh throughout the summer!)
  • Explore with sidewalk chalk. Play a drawing game where you follow your child’s lead by copying exactly what s/he draws. Next, encourage your child to copy your drawings, such as basic shapes, people, or simple animals!

Cognitive Skills:
  • Play games with your child such as Go Fish, Checkers, or Candy Land. Board games or card games that have three or more rules are great.
  • Invite your child to play a counting game. Using a large piece of paper, make a simple game board with a straight path. Use dice to determine the count. Count with your child, and encourage her to hop the game piece to each square, counting each time the piece touches down.
  • Look for numbers and letters everywhere! You can play “license plate count up” in the car or on the bus. Look for a license plate that contains the number 1. Then try to find other plates with 2, 3, 4, and so forth, up to 10. When your child can play “count-up,” play “count-down,” starting with the number 9, then 8, 7, 6, and so forth, down to 1.
  • Play the “memory” game. Put five or six familiar objects on a table. Have your child close her eyes. Remove one object, and rearrange the rest. Ask your child which object is missing. Take turns finding
  • Give your child directions that have at least three steps when you and he are cooking, dressing, or cleaning. Say, “Brush your teeth, comb your hair, and put on your sock and shoes.”
  • Play games that involve following simple rules, such as Mother May I and Red Light, Green Light, or board games!
  • When doing housework or yard work, allow your child to do a small part on his/her own. Let him/her empty the wastebasket or clean crumbs off the table. Begin to encourage your child to get dressed on their own each day, selecting what to where from a couple of options and then independently dressing themselves.
  • Fill a small tub with sand, rice or shaving cream, and trace letters or numbers in it.
  • Use letter or number stamps to stamp repeatedly on a piece of paper.  Smelly stamp pads are inviting.
  • Count everything! Count toys as they clean up. Collect shells at the beach and count them. How many pairs of shoes do they have (counting by twos!)? How many stop signs do you pass on the way to their friend’s house?
  • Read, read, read! Children love to have someone read to them. The topic of the book does not matter. Stories with rhyming words, new vocabulary, and vibrant pictures are wonderful, but also consider sharing a chapter book and favorite nursery rhymes from your own childhood. Use these opportunities to continually review the letters of the alphabet! Have your child retell the story. Re-enact a story together. Ask lots of open-ended questions throughout the story. This helps to instill familiarity with the written word and develop a love of reading. So have fun with your child.