Contra Costa County Library created Kindergarten Countdown to provide families with examples of fun and open-ended activities to support future school success. The activities are all designed to promote the early literacy skills of talking, singing, reading, writing, playing, fine-motor skills and self-help.
Want to create your own Kindergarten Countdown Kit? The following handouts will help.
Talking is the way most people communicate with each other. The more words a child speaks at home, the more words they will understand and speak at school. The more words a child can speak, the more likely they will recognize those words in print. Talking connects children to the world around them.
Singing and other music-based activities help children to explore new ideas and new words. Singing is important because it slows language down. This helps children hear individual sounds in words.
Reading together fosters language skills, and introduces new ideas and concepts to your child. When children are taught that reading is fun, they are much more likely to want to learn, and more likely to continue reading as they become older. Reading together is important!
Fine Motor Skills
Fine motor skills are needed for writing, cutting, buttoning, zipping, and tying—all important skills needed for Kindergarten activities
Self-help skills, such as caring for one’s own bathroom needs, hanging up one’s own coat, and controlling one’s emotions, are one of the most important indicators of school readiness according to kindergarten teachers.