2019/2020 KINDERGARTEN READINESS CALENDAR - Marion-Polk Early Learning Hub
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Starting kindergarten is so exciting! A note for parents Dear Parents and Caregivers, Your little one is growing up and will soon be starting school! This activity calendar is packed with ideas to help prepare your child for a positive school experience. In this calendar, you will find suggestions for activities that focus on developing healthy habits and learning, colors, numbers, letters, and more. Each activity is designed to build confidence and set the stage for successful learning. Don’t worry if your child needs help to complete an activity or if they are not yet able to do an activity; you can always come back to it later. The most important thing is spending time together preparing for school. The time you spend with your child reading, going for walks, and talking together is the most valuable investment you will make in their education. Having fun is an important part of learning! Your child learns best when doing fun and interesting things with you. This calendar is a partnership between:
KINDERGARTEN READINESS GUIDE Use this guide to help prepare your child for school. Don’t worry if your child can’t do everything on the list right now. Use the lists to set goals and remember that children grow and develop at different rates. Good Health and Well-Being Approaches Towards Learning Math and Problem Solving My child: My child: My child: ཥཥ Eats a balanced diet ཥཥ Pays attention during activities ཥཥ Is learning to name shapes and colors ཥཥ Gets plenty of rest ཥཥ Is learning to follow simple directions ཥཥ Is learning to sort and classify things ཥཥ Sees the doctor and dentist regularly ཥཥ Is learning to finish what is started ཥཥ Is learning to count and play counting games ཥཥ Is up-to-date on all shots ཥཥ Gets to see and touch things, hear new ཥཥ Makes and listens to music ཥཥ Runs, jumps, plays outside, and does other sounds, smell and taste different foods, and ཥཥ Is encouraged to ask questions activities that provide exercise watch things move ཥཥ Is encouraged to solve problems and think ཥཥ Does puzzles and other activities that help ཥཥ Uses their imagination of solutions develop small muscles ཥཥ Has many opportunities to experience Language and Literacy new things Social and Emotional ཥཥ Likes to solve problems Development My child: My child: ཥཥ Has many opportunities to talk and listen with others ཥཥ Is trying new things ཥཥ Is read to every day ཥཥ Is learning to work well alone and does ཥཥ Has access to books and other reading tasks independently materials ཥཥ Is learning to play well with other children ཥཥ Is learning about print and books ཥཥ Is curious and wants to learn ཥཥ Is learning self-control ཥཥ Says or sings familiar songs and nursery rhymes Make Every Day A ཥཥ Is learning to use words to express feelings ཥཥ Helps with family chores ཥཥ Is learning to write their name and address ཥཥ Retells stories Learning Day with Your Child!
TIPS FOR READING WITH YOUR CHILD HOW we read with children is just as important as HOW OFTEN we read with them. Here are some age-based tips for reading with your child: 0-2 2-3 4-5 years years years Pick the best time Let your child help tell the story: There are six pre-reading skills children need to be When both of you are in the mood. ready to read: ϘϘ Choose a time when you both want to look Choose books at books. Print Motivation With clear and simple pictures. ϘϘ Ask open-ended questions that start with What, Read together so your child enjoys books. Cuddle Why, How, etc. Touch and love your baby while sharing books. Vocabulary ϘϘ Follow a question with another question. Help your child learn new words for things and ideas. Share the book ϘϘ Repeat what your child says. You don’t have to read every word Print Awareness ϘϘ Build on what your child says. Explain how to hold a book and turn pages. Point to pictures and talk in an excited voice. ϘϘ Help your child repeat longer phrases. Watch your baby Narrative Skills ϘϘ Praise your child for talking about books. Let your child describe things and tell stories. Let baby play with the book - take a break if your baby is not having fun. ϘϘ Find books that follow your child’s interests. Phonological Awareness Share books every day Play rhyming games to help your child learn that words Even if only for a few minutes. are made up of smaller sounds. Try board books Knowing Letters They are sturdy and fit in little hands. Help children learn both CAPITAL and lowercase letters. Content provided by the Salem Public Library
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Have HAVE Fun FUN LearningTO LEARNING toREAD Read AND and Write WRITE Include opportunities Hold your childto read and and read write every to them in your every day. day activities Developing language- itbegins does at not have birth to be com- through plicated! everyday loving interactions such as sharing books and telling stories. Calendar Activity Time! Your main goal is to encourage your child to love to read, write and learn. Learning to read and write gives children the skills they will need to Draw lines between words that rhyme! succeed at school. Find time to read every day. ϘϘ Read signs while you go for a walk or drive in the car. goat sock ϘϘ Have your child “read” a book out loud to the family encourage them to look at the pictures and say what is happening in the story. ϘϘ Read the comics or a book at breakfast. Include your child in writing activities. clock bear ϘϘ Write shopping lists with your child. ϘϘ Help children write letters and thank you notes. dice school Books to look for at the library: pool mice ཥཥ Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin ཥཥ Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming ཥཥ It Begins with an A by Stephanie Calmenson ཥཥ On Market Street by Anita Lobel pear boat ཥཥ Click, Clack, Quackity Quack by Doreen Cronin ཥཥ Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
August 2019 J U LY 20 19 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 30 1 2 3 4 5 6 Independence Day (U.S.) 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Use a paint brush and Ask your child to tell With your child, make Ask your librarian if water to write on the you a story about their up a story about they have story kits to sidewalk. favorite character from apples, anteaters and check out. a movie or book. armadillos. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Find the letter ‘n’ on Read a book together Have your child write things around the after dinner. their name and identify home. each letter. 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 When reading, ask your With your child, think of child to predict what words that rhyme, such they think is going to as cat and bat. happen next in the story. 28 29 30 31 1 2 3
Kindergarten Plans Being ready for kindergarten, both academically and socially, is one of the most important factors in a child’s future academic success. Get ready for kindergarten. ϘϘ Begin to gather school supplies for your child. Calendar Activity Time! ϘϘ Check with their elementary school for a list of school supplies. Ask your child to draw a picture of someone being ϘϘ Play school with your child. Take turns being the teacher. a good friend and a second picture of someone ϘϘ Pretend your car is the school bus. Practice getting on and off and sitting facing forward. not being a good friend. ϘϘ Eat a meal from a lunch box or bag. ϘϘ Have your child put on and take off a coat. ϘϘ Sing songs and draw pictures. ϘϘ Decide how you will say goodbye to each other on the first day of school. Visit your child’s school. ϘϘ Attend your school’s open house or “Back to School” event this month. ϘϘ Learn your child’s school bus route and times. ϘϘ Find out about the daily schedule for your child’s class. ϘϘ 21 Explore the classroom, cafeteria, playground, restrooms and library. ϘϘ Practice walking quietly in the hallway. Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ The New Kid from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler ཥཥ Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells ཥཥ First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg ཥཥ The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn ཥཥ School Days Around the World by Margriet ཥཥ The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing ཥཥ Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
September 2019 AUGUST 20 19 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 August 2019 (United States) 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 Tell your child a story about a fun time you had in school. 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Tell your child about Pretend it’s the first day Visit parentinghub.org a bad day you had at of school and practice to check out community school and how it got saying “good-bye” to events and parenting better. each other. classes including Ready! for Kindergarten. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Show your child your Talk about ways to yearbook or pictures make new friends. of you with friends you met at school. 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Make a list of what your Visit your child's new Pretend it’s the first child will need on their school. Show them the day of classes with your first day of school. playground. child and you are the teacher. 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Have your child pick out their first day of school outfit.
Health & Safety HAVE FUN LEARNING First TO READ AND WRITE Include opportunities to read and write in your every day activities - it does not have to be com- Health is one of the most important factors plicated! in helping your child experience a happy, productive life. Teach good hygiene habits. Calendar Activity Time! ϘϘ Teach your child to wash their hands after using the bathroom Name as many fruits as you can. Draw a picture and before eating. of a fruit you enjoy eating. ϘϘ Show them how to cover a cough or sneeze in their elbow. ϘϘ Help your child to brush their teeth every morning and night. Floss every night. Be safety smart. ϘϘ Teach your child about dialing 9-1-1. Explain what constitutes an emergency. ϘϘ Check the fit of safety equipment like car seats and bike helmets. ϘϘ Remind your child that they can say no if they do not want someone to touch them, and that they should ask before touching others. ϘϘ Make sure bike helmets and car seats fit "snuggly." ϘϘ Create and practice a fire escape plan. Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Food for Thought by Saxton Freyman ཥཥ Elliot’s Emergency by Andrea Beck ཥཥ I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child ཥཥ Kids Around the World Cook! by Arlette N. Braman ཥཥ The Ugly Vegetables by Grace Lin ཥཥ Milk from Cow to Carton by Aliki
October 2019 SE PTE M B E R 2019 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Put a sticky note with the Poison Control Center’s phone number on your fridge. Labor Day 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Make a dentist appointment for your child. Grandparent's Day 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Teach your child that Practice a fire drill in Talk to your child medicine is not candy. your home. Show your about what it means Secure medicine in a child where to meet you to protect and respect locked cabinet or on outside. personal space. higher shelf. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Have your child recite Teach your child good their address and hand-washing. Sing the phone number. alphabet song while you scrub with soap. 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 Decide if your child can use safety scissors and talk to them about scissor safety.
Have Fun While Learning Letter & Sounds Your main goal is to encourage your child to love to read, write and learn. First, people learn to read, and then people read to write! Teach your child the letters of the alphabet. ϘϘ Read alphabet books and encourage your child to name the letters Calendar Activity Time! they recognize. ϘϘ Play “Find the letter” with your child when you are out shopping. Draw a picture of things that start with the same first letter of your name. ϘϘ Help your child make a dictionary with some of their favorite words listed under each letter of the alphabet. Ask your child to draw a picture next to each word. Help your child match letters to sounds. ϘϘ Tape pictures of items that begin with the same letter on the back of each alphabet card. For example, a picture of a banana would go on the back of a letter “b” card. ϘϘ Write down a letter and tell your child the sound that letter makes. Ask your child to name other words that have that beginning letter sound. Have fun with sounds and words. ϘϘ Think of words that begin with the same sound. (The speedy snake slithered across the sandy seaside. The turtle taught the toad to play tag.) ϘϘ Think of words that start with the same letter. 21 Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch ཥཥ It’s Halloween Night! by Jennifer Connell ཥཥ Dinosaurs by Penelope Arlon ཥཥ Spooky Friends by Jane Feder ཥཥ From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer ཥཥ If You Were a Penguin by Wendell Minor and Florence Minor
November 2019 OCTO B E R 2019 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 29 30 1 2 3 4 5 With your child, look at Read a book about a the pictures in a book different cultures today. before you read it. Ask your child what they think the story is about. 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Read the same book Help your child make a twice in a row. See what blanket fort and then new things you notice read inside of it. the second time. 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Have your child choose Read two books today. Ask your child what Read books at the a special topic, and story they like to read. beach or park. together, find a library Indigenous book about it. People's Day 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 Read poetry with your After reading, have child today. your child tell you what happened first, second and last. 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 Read a non-fiction book Visit parentinghub.org today. for community events and fun activities you can do with your child. Halloween
UsingFUN HAVE Words To Express LEARNING Ideas TO READ & Feelings AND WRITE Include opportunities to read and write in your every day activities - it does not have to be com- Encourage your child to listen andplicated! use words to express their ideas and feelings. Calendar Activity Time! Use pictures to help your child express ideas. ϘϘ Look at pictures in books together. Draw a picture of yourself feeling: ϘϘ Ask your child to tell you what he/she sees in each picture. ϘϘ Have your child draw a picture and then tell you about it. Allow your child to express different feelings. ϘϘ Read books that explain different feelings. ϘϘ Talk about times people feel sad, happy, angry or scared. ϘϘ Make faces or voices that show feelings. ϘϘ Help your child name feelings while they are experiencing them. Happy Sad Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ When Sophie Gets Angry—Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang ཥཥ Smoky Night by Eve Bunting ཥཥ I Am Small by Emma Dodd Angry Surprised ཥཥ ABC, I Like Me! by Nancy L. Carlson ཥཥ Everybody has Feelings by Charles E. Avery ཥཥ Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
December 2019 N OV E M B E R 2019 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 Halloween Talk about how all feelings are okay but not all actions are okay. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Pretend you are Draw with your child Ask your child about grasshoppers, gorillas, a happy person, a sad a good thing that and goats with your person, and an angry happened in their day. End of Daylight child. person. Savings Time 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 While in line, talk Talk with your child about the importance about what they enjoy of waiting your turn doing in their free time. and how to practice Veterans Day patience. 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Play dress up with your Tell a story. Stop and child and talk about have your child make up the characters you are the ending. playing. 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Have your child Say a word and ask your practice being quiet and child to say the opposite breathing for 1 minute. (big, small, happy, sad). Then 2 minutes. Thanksgiving Day
Make Time for Family Encourage family closeness to strengthen the relationship with your child and build trust. Encourage family closeness. ϘϘ Keep a family journal for everyone to write or draw in. Share and record Calendar Activity Time! great family stories. ϘϘ Call a relative to say “I love you.” Draw a picture of your favorite memory or activity with your family. ϘϘ Prepare and eat meals together. ϘϘ Create your own family holiday greeting cards. ϘϘ Invite family members to your child’s activities. Establish family traditions. ϘϘ Draw secret pal names and do something special for your person. ϘϘ Have a special meal plate that is used to celebrate special occasions. ϘϘ Take turns choosing a discussion topic at dinner. Reduce stress. ϘϘ Take a walk, go for a hike, or enjoy a bike ride as a healthy family activity. ϘϘ Start a family game night and play games like “Twister.” ϘϘ Volunteer to help someone in need. 21 ϘϘ Stay true to routines like bedtime and mealtime. ϘϘ Do chores together. ϘϘ Laugh together. Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Aunt Harriet’s Underground Railroad in the Sky by Faith Ringgold ཥཥ The New Baby by Mary Packard ཥཥ The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty ཥཥ Fathers, Mother, Sisters, Brothers by May Ann Hoberman ཥཥ I’ll Always Love You by Hans Wilhelm ཥཥ I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
January 2020 DDecember EC E M B(United E R States) 2019 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 2019 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 With your child, write a note to a friend or relative. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Draw a picture of your Call a loved one. Visit parentinghub.org Sing a favorite song whole family. for community events with your child. and fun activities you can do with your child. 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Make a small gift with Take a walk with your Celebrate something Play a board game Celebrate the winter your child to give to a child. your child has together as a family. solstice with candles or friend or neighbor. accomplished. flashlights. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 In the evening, talk Make cookies with your Play “I love you more about all the things child to share as a gift. than…” you and your child did today. Christmas Eve Christmas Day 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 New Year's Day Cook a family breakfast together. New Year’s Eve
Balancing Screen Time Ensure you have more face-to-face than screen time! Your child’s brain will grow more that way. Limit children’s total screen time. ϘϘ Set limits for TV and computer use to no more than 2 hours per day. Calendar Activity Time! Shapes! ϘϘ Turn the TV off when no one is watching. Turn it on when you want to watch a specific age appropiate program. Shapes! Practice tracing the shapes. Then color ϘϘ Keep the TV and computer in a common area of the home rather them all in. Practice tracing the shapes. Then color them all in. than in a bedroom. Monitor the media your child is using. ϘϘ Preview programs, videos, and websites so you know exactly what your child will see. ϘϘ Watch together and talk about what you see. Ask your child how characters could have responded differently. Avoid making TV a centerpiece of home life. ϘϘ Encourage reading, drawing, playing outdoors, listening to music or playing card and board games. ϘϘ Turn the TV off at mealtime and talk about some things each of you did that day. 21 Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Winter’s Tail by Juliana Hatkoff ཥཥ Caps, Hats, Socks, and Mittens by Louise Borden ཥཥ Hibernation Station by Michelle Meadows ཥཥ The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson ཥཥ The Lorax by Dr. Seuss ཥཥ Grumpy Cat by Britta Teckentrup Copyright © 2012 by Education.com More worksheets at www.education.com/worksheets
February 2020 JAN JanuaryUA 2020 RY (United2020 S M T W T F S 1 States) 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 New Year's Eve Read a book based on a Watch a musical and movie your child likes. dance around every time the characters sing. New Year’s Day 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Set up parental controls Keep the TV off today. Talk to your child about on your TV & computer. Have your child make how their favorite a "screen free" sign character deals with to tape over it so you problems. remember. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Watch a movie or Talk to your child about nature show about why you do not let them penguins and then read watch certain movies or a book about them. TV shows. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Draw a picture with Check out a board about Listen to music with your child of their Martin Luther King, Jr. your child from a favorite character. different part of the Martin Luther world. King, Jr. Day 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Watch a movie and do 3 jumping jacks every time a character is happy.
Taking Your Child to the Doctor and Dentist Regular dentist and doctor appointments provide important opportunities to ask questions about your child’s health, wellness and behavior. Schedule a visit with your child’s pediatrician at least once a year. Visit the dentist twice a year. Calendar Activity Time! ϘϘ Write down any questions you would like to ask. Talk to your child Color in the amount of teeth you have then cross about what questions they have for the doctor or dentist. out how many teeth you have already lost. ϘϘ Bring a book for you to read with your child in the waiting room. ϘϘ After the visit, ask your child how they thought it went. ϘϘ Remind your child that the doctor and dentist are not just there for when they are sick but to help keep them from getting sick. Check- ups are important to keep our bodies, minds and teeth healthy. Talk to your child if they are feeling nervous or afraid about visiting the doctor or dentist. ϘϘ Be open with your child about what is going to happen during the visit including if they will be getting shots. They will feel less anxious if they know what to expect. ϘϘ Role play the different components of the visit: getting weighed, listening to the child’s heart, measuring height. ϘϘ 21 Remind your child that you can stay in the room with them. They will not be alone. ϘϘ Suggest that your child take a favorite stuffed animal to get their check-up at the same time. Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ My Body is Private by Linda Walvoord Girard ཥཥ Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut ཥཥ Dear Daisy, Get Well Soon by Maggie Smith ཥཥ Benny by Sieb Posthuma ཥཥ Germs! Germs! Germs! by Bobbie Katz ཥཥ Frida by Jonah Winter
March 2020 FE B RUA RY 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Start practicing shoe tying. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Ask your child how Check out a book about Call your local school Check with your many parts of their Rosa Parks. to find out about doctor to see if your body they can name. Kindergarten child has all of their Registration. immunizations. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Visit parentinghub.org Talk to your child about Remind your child that Schedule a six-month for community events how all children have if they are feeling bad dental check-up for and fun activities you different abilities. they can talk to you. Be your child. can do with your child. open to whatever they want to talk about. Valentine’s Day 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Ask your child what the Make a get-well card difference is between a for a friend or family doctor and a dentist. member with your child. Presidents’ Day 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Schedule a play date. Schedule a visit with Talk to your child about Spending time with your pediatrician. any fears they have friends helps builds about going to the social skills. dentist or doctor. Leap Day
Make Mealtime a Family Time Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese Have fun drawing! Skillet Meal Draw a picture of your favorite fruit, vegetable, or Ingredients Directions meal–or draw a Food Hero! When you’re done, we •• 1 pound boneless skinless 1. Cut chicken breast into bite- would love to see your creation! chicken breast (2 - 3 halves) sized pieces. Sauté pieces in •• 2 teaspoons oil oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until lightly •• 1¼ cups water browned, 2 to 3 minutes. •• 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon 2. Add water, bouillon, soup, •• 1 can (10.5 oz.) condensed pepper and garlic to skillet. cream of chicken soup Stir until smooth. Add pasta •• 1 teaspoon pepper and broccoli. •• ½ teaspoon garlic powder or 3. Bring to a boil; cover; reduce 2 cloves garlic, minced heat to low. Simmer until pasta is tender, 15-20 minutes. •• 2 cups small shell pasta, uncooked 4. Add cheese and serve. •• 2½ cups broccoli, chopped 5. Refrigerate leftovers within (fresh or frozen) 2 hours. •• 4 ounces (1 cup) cheddar cheese, shredded Makes 7 cups NAME: If you want to share your art with other kids and families, please email your work to: email@example.com. Paid for in part by Oregon SNAP. 2019 Oregon State University, Oregon State University Extension Service is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer.
April 2020 M A RC H 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Have your child help you make the Chicken, Broccoli and Cheese Skillet Meal on this page. 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Collect shoes from Make or print Bingo Help your child draw a Make different shapes around the house, mix cards with shapes then kite with two triangles. with playdough. them up, then match cut out shapes. Use Daylight Savings them. beans or markers to play. Time Begins 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Cut up an old greeting During the day have Use an egg carton to card in puzzle-like your child tell you what sort beans, buttons or shapes and fit the they are eating as they beads. pieces back together. eat breakfast, lunch and St. Patrick’s Day dinner. 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Have your child list Go on a rock hunt. How Have your child draw Find foods that are as many fruits and are the rocks the same a square. Have them shaped like a circle. vegetables. or different? draw things in, out, over and under it. 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 Put together a puzzle Visit parentinghub.org with your child. for community events and fun activities you can do with your child.
Help Your Child with Numbers and Counting Easy as 1-2-3. Even before they start school, most children are developing an understanding of addition and subtraction through everyday interactions. Use number words and point out written numbers Calendar Activity Time! when you and your child do things together. In the kitchen: Match the number to the amount of school buses. ϘϘ “On this package it says to add 2 cups of water.” ϘϘ “I need you to put 3 forks and 3 plates on the table.” At the grocery store: ϘϘ “That sign says bananas are 59 cents a pound.” ϘϘ “Pick out 4 apples and put them in this bag.” 1 At play: ϘϘ “See if you can stack 6 pennies.” ϘϘ “Can you put 4 blocks in a row?” Read, tell stories, sing songs and recite nursery 2 rhymes about numbers and counting. ϘϘ Read or tell stories such as The Three Bears to your child. 21 ϘϘ Say nursery rhymes such as “One,Two, Buckle My Shoe” and “Baa Baa Black Sheep” with your child. ϘϘ Sing counting songs you remember from your childhood. 3 Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ One Boy by Laura Vaccaro Seeger ཥཥ Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallota 4 ཥཥ Counting by Emily Bolam ཥཥ One Grain of Rice by Demi ཥཥ Have You Seen My Dragon by Steve Light ཥཥ Boom! Boom! Boom! by Jamie Swenson
May 2020 A P R I L 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 Look for the number Roll a ball back and Have your child start 1 with your child forth with your child saving coins this week, wherever you go today. and count each pass. and count them at the end of the month. 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Practice counting Find things that come Make counting fun by from 1 to 10. in pairs. asking things like “How many windows are in this room?” 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Practice counting to 10 Play “Which is bigger?” or higher with fingers using the numbers 1-10. and toes. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Count in groups of ten with your child. 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 Count backwards from With your child, talk 10 with your child. about animals with 2 legs and animals with 4 legs.
Daily Exercise Exercise helps children grow stronger, feel relaxed, and sleep better. Children need at least 60 minutes of exercise every day. Encourage Calendar Activity Time! your child to be active in whatever way they think is fun. Get silly and act like different animals with Let your child spend time outside. your child (this also teaches them verbs!) ϘϘ Have a safe outdoor place for your child to run and play. Here are some ideas to get you started: ϘϘ Take your child to the park or playground. Enjoy movement with your child. ϘϘ Dance to music together. Stomp like a dinosaur ϘϘ Create an obstacle course and go through it with your child. ϘϘ Kick, roll or throw a ball back and forth. Give your child things to do when playing. Hop like a frog ϘϘ Encourage your child to play “Hop Scotch” to his or her ability. ϘϘ Let your child try balancing a book on his head while walking. ϘϘ Put on a song you like and clean up a room as fast as you can Lumber like a bear before the song ends. 21 Sashay like a cat Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Penguin’s Skating Party by Dana Regan Soar like an eagle ཥཥ Sleepy Little Yoga by Rebecca Whitford ཥཥ The Busy Body Book by Lizzy Rockwell ཥཥ Toddlerobics by Zita Newcome Slither like a snake ཥཥ Underground by Shane Evans ཥཥ How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms by Jane Yolen
June 2020 M AY 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 26 27 28 29 30 1 2 Include your child in regular household chores. 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Hop and do arm Visit parentinghub.org circles, counting for community events them as you go. and parenting classes. 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Practice jumping and hopping with your child. Mother’s Day 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 Take a walk and talk Create an exercise about all the different schedule with your sounds you hear. Mimic child. them with your child. 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Put on music and dance. Take a walk and count Visit a local park and the different types of play tag. flowers that you see. Memorial Day 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Take a walk and count how many birds you see.
Play with Your Child When your child plays with you, they are also learning that they are loved, important and fun to be around. Make believe allows children to try out different situations. Structured games teach coordination and how to follow directions. Calendar Activity Time! Have the child connect the dots from 1 to 10. Numbers & Sets Encourage your child to pretend and Show your child what is hiding by asking what make believe. What’sanimal Hiding? is hiding here? Help them connect the dots. ϘϘ Make and decorate puppets out of paper bags or old socks. Have Connect the dots. Color. your child perform a puppet show! ϘϘ Have some grown up clothes, costumes and accessories for your child to use for dress-up. ϘϘ With your child, set up a pretend store using empty household food containers. 1 Encourage artful expressions. ϘϘ Take your child on a nature walk and collect interesting objects. 2 Create a collage from this nature collection with tape or glue. ϘϘ Let your child make their own music. Put dried beans inside two paper plates stapled together for shakers or use an oatmeal 10 cannister as a drum. 21 3 9 6 8 4 7 Books to look for at the library: 5 ཥཥ Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! by Allan Sherman and Lou Busch ཥཥ The Wildest Brother by Cornelia Funke ཥཥ Dinosaur Thunder by Marion Dane Bauer a fish! ཥཥ I t ’s Deep in the Swamp by Donna M. Bateman ཥཥ The Seven Chinese Brothers by Margaret Mahy ཥཥ If You Take A Mouse to School by Laura Joffe Numeroff Understanding shapes: Understanding recognizing number order shape names More worksheets at: education.com/worksheets 9 Inc. 63 © Learning Horizons
July 2020 J U N E 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Draw something that is orange with your child. 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Play “I Spy” with your Learn a new song with Ask your child to point child. your child. out all the square shapes in the living room. 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Make your own bean bags with beans and old socks and then play catch. 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 Visit the PBS website at Draw a summer picture. With your child pretend pbskids.org. you are lions, logs, and falling leaves. Father’s Day 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 Independence Day' observed Independence Day Look up the lyrics to Put on music and dance Play “Follow the your child's favorite and clap to the beat. Leader” outside. song then sing together.
Read with your child every day Hold your child and read to them everyday. Create a special reading space for your child. Calendar Activity Time! ϘϘ Keep your child's book in one place that is easy to reach such as on a low shelf, in a bag or a box. Use the board to play Letter Bingo. When the ϘϘ Put a small rug or pillow in the special place. grown-up says a letter, cover it with a piece ϘϘ Talk with your child about how to take care of books. of paper. Give your child different types of books to read. ϘϘ Get a library card for you and your child. ϘϘ Visit the children’s section of the library together and choose books. a b c ϘϘ Look for books: from friends and relatives, at garage sales, etc. Make time each day to read with your child. ϘϘ Read in a quiet place. ϘϘ Hold your child close to you when you read. d e f ϘϘ Read your child’s favorite books over and over. 21 ϘϘ Animate a story with different voices or sound effects. g h i Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood ཥཥ Sign Language ABC by Lora Heller ཥཥ The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss ཥཥ Mice Squeak, We Speak by Arnold L. Shapiro ཥཥ Good Night, Sleep Tight by Ivan Jones and Mal Jones ཥཥ La Piñata, The Piñata by Rita Rosa Ruesa
August 2020 J U LY 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 28 29 30 1 2 3 4 Independence Day (observed) Independence Day 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Help your child write Have your child identify Find things that begin their name. the letters found on with the letter ‘s’ cereal boxes, cans, and other food items. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Play with letter Have your child look magnets or blocks. for the letter “b” this weekend. Give them a high-five if they find 3. 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Sing the alphabet. Find the letter “j” Have your child write in newspapers and their name and identify magazines. each letter. 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Ask your child to point out the first letter of their name while you are driving around.
Make “Going to School” Plans with Your Child Being ready for kindergarten, both academically and socially, is one of the most important factors in a child’s future academic success. Get ready for school. ϘϘ Begin to gather school supplies for your child. Calendar Activity Time! ϘϘ Play school with your child. Take turns being the teacher. Create a picture chart of your morning routine to ϘϘ Pretend your car is the school bus. Practice getting on and off and sitting get ready for school. facing forward. ϘϘ Eat a meal from a lunch box or bag. ϘϘ Have your child put on and take off a coat. ϘϘ Sing songs and draw pictures. ϘϘ Decide how you will say goodbye to each other on the first day of school. ϘϘ Visit the school and tour the cafeteria, classroom and playground. Establish a routine. ϘϘ Determine a regular bedtime for your child. ϘϘ Put backpacks and school supplies in the same place every day. ϘϘ Talk about and choose an outfit the night before school begins. ϘϘ Ask your child to tell you one thing they're looking forward to on the way to school or the bus stop. ϘϘ Ask your child how their day went after each school day. Books to look for at the library: ཥཥ Sophie’s Squash Go to School by Pat Zietlow Miller & Anne Wilsdorf ཥཥ ABC School’s for Me! by Susan B. Katz ཥཥ Adventure Annie Goes to Kindergarten by Toni Buzzeo ཥཥ Captain Freddy Counts Down to School by Susan B. Katz ཥཥ This School Year will be the Best! by Kay Winters ཥཥ Monsters Love School by Mike Austin
September 2020 AUGUST 2020 S M T W T F S 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 Tell your child a story about a fun time you had in school. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Tell your child about Pretend it’s the first day a bad day you had at of school and practice school and how it got saying “good-bye” to better. each other. 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 Show your child your Talk about ways to yearbook or pictures make new friends. of you with friends you met at school. 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 Make a list of what your Visit your child's Pretend it’s the first child will need on their school and enjoy the day of classes with your first day of school. playground together. child and you are the teacher. 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 Find a parenting class at Have your child pick out parentinghub.org. their first day of school outfit.
AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS Cascade Oakdale Heights Elementary North Marion Evergreen Elementary School 1375 SW Maple Street 3727 Cascade Highway NE Aumsville Elementary Dallas, OR 97338 North Marion Primary School Silverton, OR 97381 572 North 11th St. Phone: (503) 623-8316 20256 Grim Road NE Phone: (503) 873-4845 Aumsville, OR 97325 Aurora, OR 97002 Phone: (503) 749-8040 Whitworth Elementary Phone: (503) 678-8500 Silver Crest Elementary School 1151 SE Miller Ave. 365 Loar Road SE Cloverdale Elementary Dallas, OR 97338 9666 Parrish Gap Road SE North Santiam Silverton, OR 97381 Phone: (503) 623-8351 Phone: (503) 873-4428 Turner, OR 97392 Mari-Linn School Phone: (503) 749-8050 641 Main Street Scotts Mills Elementary School Falls City Lyons, OR 97358 805 First Street Turner Elementary Falls City School District Phone: (503) 859-2154 Scotts Mills, OR 97381 7800 School Avenue 111 N. Main St. Phone: (503) 873-4394 Turner, OR 97392 Falls City, OR 97344 Stayton Elementary School Phone: (503) 749-8060 Phone: (503) 787-3521 875 Third Ave Stayton, OR 97383 St. Paul Falls City Elementary School Phone: (503) 769-2336 Central St. Paul Elementary School 177 Prospect St. 20449 Main St. NE Central School District Falls City, OR 97344 Sublimity School St. Paul, OR 97137 750 S. 5th St Phone: (503) 787-3521 x201 431 East Main St. Phone: (503) 633-2691 Independence, OR 97351 Sublimity, OR 97383 Phone: (503) 838-0030 Phone: (503) 769-2459 Gervais Woodburn Ash Creek Elementary School Gervais Elementary School 1360 N. 16th St Perrydale Heritage Elementary School 150 Douglas Avenue 440 Parr Road Monmouth, OR 97361 Falls City School District Gervais, OR 97026 Woodburn, OR 97071 Phone: (503) 606-9016 7445 Perrydale Rd Phone: (503) 792-3803 Phone: (503) 981-2600 Amity, OR 97101 Independence Elementary School Phone: (503) 835-3184 Lincoln Elementary School 150 S. 4th St Jefferson 1041 N Boones Ferry Road Independence, OR 97351 Phone: (503) 838-1322 Jefferson Elementary Salem-Keizer Woodburn, OR 97071 615 North 2nd Street Phone: (503) 981-2825 Jefferson, OR 97352 Salem-Keizer Public Schools Monmouth Elementary School 2450 Lancaster Dr NE Phone: (541) 327-3337, Option 4 Nellie Muir Elementary School 958 East Church St. Salem, OR 97305 1800 W. Hayes Street Monmouth, OR 97361 Phone: (503) 399-3000 Woodburn, OR 97071 Phone: (503) 838-1433 Mt. Angel Visit website or call for a full list of schools. Phone: (503) 982-4300 St. Mary’s Public Elementary Dallas 590 E. College St. Silver Falls Washington Elementary School Mt. Angel, OR 97362 777 E. Lincoln Street Lyle Elementary Butte Creek Elementary School Woodburn, OR 97071 185 SW Levens Street Phone: (503) 845-2547 37569 South Highway 213 Phone: (971) 983-3050 Dallas, OR 97338 Mt. Angel, OR 97362 Phone: (503) 623-8367 Phone: (503) 829-6803
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ATTENDANCE MATTERS Many of our youngest students miss 10 percent of the school year—about 18 days a year or just two days every month. Chronic absenteeism in kindergarten, and even preK, can predict lower test scores, poor attendance and retention in later grades, especially if the problem persists for more than a year. Do you know how many young children are chronically absent in your school or community? What families can do Kindergarten and 1st grade classes often have absenteeism rates as If children don’t show up for school regularly, they miss out on high as those in high school. Many of these absences are excused, but fundamental reading and math skills and the chance to build a habit of Find out what day school starts and make sure they still add up to lost time in the classroom. good attendance that will carry them into college and careers. your child has the required shots. Preliminary data from a California study found that children who were Build regular routines for bed time and the chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade were far less likely to in kindergarten and 1st grade are chronically absent. morning. read proficiently at the end of 3rd grade. In some schools, it’s as high as 1 in 4.1 Talk about the importance of regular attendance and about how your child feels about school. Don’t permit missing school unless your child is truly sick. Use a thermometer to check for a fever. Remember that stomach aches and headaches may be signs of anxiety. Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session. Keep a chart recording your child’s attendance at home. At the end of the week, talk with your child about what you see. Develop back up plans for getting to school if miss too much are chronically miss too much something comes up. Ask a family member, school. They’re also absent.2 school when neighbor or another parent for help more likely to suffer families move.2 academically.1 S CHO OL BUS Seek support from school staff or community groups to help with transportation, health problems, or no safe path to school. 1 Chang, Hedy; Romero, Mariajose, Present, Engaged and Accounted For: The Critical Importance of Addressing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades, National Center for Children in Poverty: NY: NY, September 2008. 2 Chronic Absence in Utah, Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah, 2012. COPYRIGHT © 2015 ATTENDANCE WORKS | DESIGNED BY THE HATCHER GROUP 3 Attendance in Early Elementary Grades: Association with Student Characteristics, School Readiness and Third Grade Outcomes, Applied Survey Research. May 2011.
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