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TK Summer Expectations

Parents, below is list of important things that you can do with your child to keep his/her skills sharp over the next couple of months and help prepare for Kindergarten. (PDF of the Summer Expectation is available to download at the end of this page.)
1. Language Development Listening and Speaking Skills
This refers to knowledge of spoken words and also non-verbal language, such as gestures and picture symbols.
Ways to help include:
  • Encourage your child to express their thoughts and feelings
  • Talk to your child everyday and ask questions (What did you think of that song? What was your favorite part of the movie?
  • Do you like playing soccer or basketball?)
  • Listen to someone speak without interrupting Help your child to know his/her full name
Reading and Writing Skills
This refers to developing knowledge of oral language, concepts of print, letters and sounds.
Ways to help include: 
  • READ with your child everyday
  • Provide a variety of reading materials
  • Help your child with Alphabet Knowledge: point out letters on kid magazines, newspapers and street signs. Help your child determine the difference between letter and number
  • Help your child recognize letters in his/her name
  • Help them to print his/her name legibly, using correct letter strokes.
  • The only upper case letter should be at the beginning; all other letters should be lowercase.
  • Sing songs together
  • Encourage your child to scribble, draw and print. As your child draws or scribbles, ask them about their work. Scribbles are the first step to writing
  • Limit use of coloring books and use plain white paper instead
  • Supply materials for children to cut and draw. Use markers, crayons and pencils daily
  • Help strengthen his/her fine motor skills, use clay or play dough, spray bottles, tweezers, or string Cheerio necklaces
  • Help develop his/her large motor skills. Create obstacle courses for your child such as, walking on a beam, crawling under a chair, etc.
  • Encourage outdoor activities everyday
  • Allow children to hop, skip, jump and run, throw, bounce and catch a ball with your child
Websites to help with reading and writing
Persistence, Attentiveness and Responsibility
This refers to the ability to hold attention, pursue difficult tasks, and take responsibility for one’s own learning.
Ways to help include:
  • Please teach your children manners (e.g., saying please, thank you, excuse me)
  • Follow simple directions
  • Pay attention as your child talks about his/her experiences and ask follow-up questions (e.g., How did that make you feel? What did you learn? Etc.)
  • Help your child to try more than once when they fail. Let him/her know that it is OK
  • Give your child daily responsibilities/chores (i.e., make their bed, feed the dog, set the table, put their backpack in their room and brush their own teeth). There are options for you to choose from in the printable packet.
  • Practice being independent (i.e., carrying own belongings, allow them to dress themselves)
  • Setting a routine is very helpful in the transition into kindergarten. Please practice going to bed and waking up at a set time.
Curiosity, Information – Seeking & Eagerness
This refers to a child’s interest in the world, asking questions to find answers, and experimenting with materials.
Ways to help include:
  • Allow your child to play and learn skills at a comfortable pace
  • Involve your child in the planning of family activities
  • Provide time for unscheduled activities that allow your child to understand the need for flexibility
Emotional & Social Development
These areas of development are influenced by personal experiences, temperament, cultural expectations and experiences.
Ways to help include:
  • Discuss, with your child, their feelings and how they should handle them
  • Help your child see the consequences of their actions
  • Encourage friendships and guide your child in how to deal with differences. (Whom do you like to play with? Why? If you guys are fighting how can you work it out?) In the beginning, your child will need assistance solving problems
  • Promote and respect appreciation for the cultures and abilities of others
  • Establish, explain and model simple rules • Remind your child about sharing and using their words to get what they need. (Can I have a turn with that train? I don’t like that. Can I play with you?)
  • Read and discuss stories that talk about emotions and feelings
  • Encourage your child to be independent in bathroom use
  • Help your child become independent when taking off shoes and coats
2. Math Skills
These skills are used on a daily basis. Basic math skills will help your child with all daily routines.
Ways to help include:
  • Count to twenty daily with your child
  • Recognize and name basic colors: play I Spy, guessing games, etc.
  • Help your child to recognize numbers are different than letters
  • Cook with your child. (Measure and mix ingredients)
  • Shop with your child and help them with the concept of money
  • Plant a garden - indoors or out (Look for changes over time, measure height, etc.)
  • Have your child set the table (This is a great way to incorporate math skills, self- care skills, and physical development skills)
  • Have your child help with the laundry
  • Let your child sort objects (Keys, coins, buttons, etc.) to help them categorize and recognize basic shapes
Websites to help with Math Skills

3. Field Trips

Trips with your child are invaluable. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Library
  • Parks
  • Zoos
  • Museums
  • Nature Walks
  • Explore local neighborhoods
Suggested reading to help your child with the transition into Kindergarten:
  • Countdown to Kindergarten by Alison McGee
  • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
  • Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy L Carlson
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • Molly Rides the School Bus by Julie Brillharta
  • My First Day of School by Nancy J. Skarmeas
  • My Kindergarten by Rosemary Wells
  • Off to School, Baby Duck! by Amy Hest
  • The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing
  • The School Trip by Tjibbe Veldkamp
  • Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells.
  • Tiptoe Into Kindergarten by Jacqueline Rogers
  • Welcome to Kindergarten by Anne Rockwell
  • Welcome Roberto!
  • Bienvenido, Roberto! by Mary Schwartz.
  • When You Go to Kindergarten by James Howe