Going to kindergarten is a big step, and preparation is key. At My Pre-K Box, we know you can use all the help you can get, and that is why our monthly preschool learning kit is created with kindergarten readiness in mind!
There are so many foundational skills that your preschooler will need to be successful in kindergarten! Everything from fine motor skills, to reading and math. Our monthly preschool learning kit includes all of these and is sure to help kids to be successful during their kindergarten year and beyond!
Here are 5 ways to get ready for kindergarten with a monthly preschool learning kit:
1 Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are very important for your preschooler and a skill that they will need to practice before kindergarten. Something as simple as holding a pencil can be very difficult for kids who haven’t developed their fine motor skills.
Here are a few ways our monthly preschool learning kit can help develop fine motor skills:
When is the last time you had a blast coaxing your preschooler to complete a stack of worksheets? Probably never, right? Fortunately for you, there is another way. Worksheets are not developmentally appropriate for preschoolers and are actually NOT the best way to teach pre-writing skills. In our monthly preschool learning kit at My Pre-K Box, we provide fun and hands-on activities.
How would your preschooler like to:
Write in shaving cream? Like this activity found in our Snow Box!
Write in leprechaun dust? Like this activity found in our Leprechaun Box!
In both of these activities, your preschooler will practoce not only pre-writing skills but also engage their senses, which has been proven to increase preschoolers learning and memory!
Using these fun and unique ways to teach your preschooler to write is engaging and fun, and never seems like a chore.
Peeling & Threading
Preschoolers love crafts, and these activities require fine motor skills! In My Pre-K Box, we have dozens of crafts and activities that require your preschooler to use their fine motor muscles such as pulling the backing off of a foam craft, threading beads to make a necklace, or peeling and sticking stickers on a background.
In fact, for just $4.25 per month, you can get our Craft Lovers Upgrade which includes 2 extra crafts! Many times one of these crafts includes extra-large sticker scenes which are perfect for building those fine motor skills as your preschooler peels the stickers, and manipulates them onto the scene.
When your preschooler uses their tiny hands to manipulate objects they are working and increasing their fine motor skills. My Pre-K Box offers countless opportunities to practice this skill during activities such as:
Building snow forts with marshmallows and toothpicks - found in our Snow Box!
Sorting Leprechaun Coins - found in our Leprechaun Box
Both of these activities give your preschooler the opportunity to pick up, move, manipulate, pinch, and transfer objects. Each time your preschooler uses their hands to manipulate objects, their fine motor skills strengthen.
These skills are important for kindergarten readiness!
2 Literacy & Pre-Reading Skills
To be ready for kindergarten there are several pre-reading and reading skills that your preschooler should be exposed to. These can refer to so many things from recognizing their name, to knowing letters and sounds. These skills will help your kids have a head start and a successful kindergarten year.
Our monthly preschool learning kit has multiple reading and pre-reading activities:
Recognizing letters is an important pre-reading skill that your preschooler will need to practice to get ready for kindergarten. Fortunately, our monthly preschool learning kit offers several opportunities to practice this skill as your preschooler identifies and matches lowercase and capital letters during fun and engaging play-based activities.
Does your preschooler know their letter sounds? Now is a great time to start learning! Knowing letter sounds is a great way to get ready for kindergarten and our monthly preschool learning kit has several activities that will allow your preschooler a chance to practice this skill, all while having fun.
Gone are the days of coercing your preschooler to complete worksheets, or memorize a series of flashcards. Your preschooler can learn, all while having fun with our amazing play-based activities at My Pre-K Box.
Rhyming words is an important step in your preschooler’s pre-reading skills. Rhyming helps your preschooler become introduced to word families (such as let, met, pet, wet...etc). Rhyming also helps your preschooler to learn the sounds of their language- these steps and awareness are what lead to reading and writing success in kindergarten! With our fun themed boxes at My Pre-K Box, rhyming words has never been more fun!
Phonemic awareness is your preschooler’s ability to identify and manipulate individual sounds in words. You can see why that would be an important pre-reading skill! Your preschooler’s ability to practice this skill is a great predictor of later reading success! Give your preschooler the best start, by having monthly activities that introduce phonemic awareness shipped right to your door!
3 Math Skills
Math skills are so important, and there are several that your preschooler will need to practice before beginning kindergarten. Your preschooler should be working on recognizing numbers, counting, and recognizing simple shapes. Once your preschooler knows the basics they will be ready for even more learning in kindergarten!
Our monthly preschool learning kits are filled with math skills to support your preschoolers learning:
Number recognition is basically your preschooler’s ability to identify and name basic numbers. When you are teaching your child this skill it is best if you break it down into several smaller core skills, such as matching numbers to quantity or identifying numbers.
But, don’t worry! We have taken care of this part for you! At My Pre-K Box, we have curated the best research-backed activities designed to get your preschooler ready for kindergarten in the easiest (and most fun!) way possible. We also use several tools that your child will be using when they enter kindergarten as well! Imagine how much more confident your preschooler will be when they enter kindergarten to see familiar activities such as tens frames being used in the classroom! It will be comforting for them to see something that they had already practiced with mom at home!
Counting is a basic math skill that your preschooler will use time and time again, and it is also a skill that is practiced in My Pre-K Box frequently. The difference between our box and other counting exercises is that the activities are play-based, and based on fun kid-approved themes. Your preschooler won’t even realize they are learning, but you will feel confident that you are taking the steps to prepare them for kindergarten.
Learning shapes and colors helps your preschooler to understand math and geometric concepts such as shape, size, space, and position. It also gives your preschooler the opportunity to sort and categorize, and learn letters and numbers! (Because all-in-all letters and numbers are shapes as well!)
At My Pre-K Box, your preschooler will be introduced to several shape and color activities all while playing and having fun.
Patterns help your preschooler to understand change, and how to make predictions. They also help your preschooler learn how to make connections and use reasoning skills. Each of these are important skills when getting ready for kindergarten. At My Pre-K Box, we make learning patterns fun!
Your preschooler is likely already using measurement skills to complete everyday activities. When your little one compares the size of their toys, or portions of their food they are demonstrating their understanding of measuring. This skill is an important part of getting ready for kindergarten and our monthly preschool learning kit allows you to introduce your child to the vast world of measurement in a way that is easy, educational, and entertaining!
4 Social-Emotional Skills
Although we sometimes don’t think about it, ask any kindergarten teacher and they will tell you that social-emotional skills are an essential part of kindergarten readiness! Before beginning kindergarten, it is important that your preschooler develop and practice these skills.
Our monthly preschool learning kit provides multiple opportunities to practice these skills:
When your child first opens up our monthly preschool learning kit, they will be amazed. The box is filled with multiple fun and interesting objects and activities. But when your child offers to share these activities with you or allows a sibling to join along they are learning an important skill of sharing. This is a kindergarten readiness skill your child’s future teacher will thank you for!
Taking turns is a vital step in getting ready for kindergarten. Your preschooler will need to understand how to take turns with their classmates, and know that they will get their turn as well. Our monthly preschool learning kit provides multiple games and activities that introduce your little one to the concept of taking turns in a way that is easy and fun!
Playing pretend (or dramatic play) is an excellent way for your preschooler to prepare for kindergarten and life! With our monthly thematic boxes, your preschooler will be introduced to activities that allow them to pretend and make-believe.
Pretending to be a baker making a valentine donut! Like this activity in our Valentine Box!
Pretending to be a florist! Like this activity in our Garden Box!
Both of these activities give your preschooler the opportunity to play pretend and use their imaginations to imagine themselves in a world outside their own. A world where they are taking part in the day-to-day activities that they may take part in as an adult. Dramatic play is an important part of your preschooler's development and will allow them to build skills they will need in order to succeed in kindergarten.
5 Play-Based Learning
Studies have shown that kids learn best through activities that are based on play! All the activities in our monthly preschool learning kits are built with play-based learning in mind! This means that your preschooler will be completing activities that are:
The activity must involve physical or verbal activities and mental engagement. Some of the best play-based learning includes props (like the ones available in My Pre-K Box!)
Your child should freely choose the activity they are partaking in. This is easy to do when you have an inviting box full of fun activities!
This is key! In case you haven't realized, play is supposed to be FUN! Yes, your child may also experience some challenges, but the enjoyment of the activity is critical in play-based learning. If it stops being fun, then it's time to take a break and do something new!
For more information on play-based learning check out this blog.
The skills that you will find in our monthly preschool learning kit are important for all preschoolers to know. These skills will help children be able to focus on what matters … what they need to learn in kindergarten!
My Pre-K Box makes getting your little one ready for kindergarten simple. Our boxes are expertly curated to provide your preschooler with the skills and activities they need to thrive in kindergarten and beyond!
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