What Can You Do at Home?
Home Activity Suggestions to Promote Kindergarten Academics
o Read to your child!
o Listen to your child “read” – as s/he turns pages in familiar books, encourage your child to retell the story.
o Set aside a special reading time. Let your child know that your look forward to and enjoy your time together.
o Play games with your child.
o Help your child get to the library; schedule regular times to visit the library and select new books. .
o Talk to your child about subjects that are interesting to him or her.
o Listen to your child retell stories from his or her day.
o Write a note to your child.
o Help your child write notes and letter to friends/relatives.
o Ask your child to add a sentence to letters you write to far-away relatives.
o Encourage your child to keep a scrapbook about a subject that interests him or her: stamps, dogs, birds, sports teams, trucks, etc.
o Read over and discuss your child’s schoolwork when it comes home. Help him or her read the feedback notes from the teacher.
o Provide your child with a calendar so that s/he can write down special events and mark off each day.
o Help your child make a telephone directory with the names and phone numbers of his or her friends.
o Give your child specific duties to perform on a regular basis at home.
o Let your child help you prepare dinner.
o When traveling, read road signs with your child. Discuss what they mean.
o Show your child how to use a yardstick, ruler, and tape measure for measuring objects around the house.
o Provide counting experiences for your child (count how many pairs of socks come out of the laundry, how many cups need to be put away, etc.)
o Show your child how to count change – name the coins together.
o Give your child a special place (a box, bin, etc.) to keep items s/he must take to school each morning. This promotes responsibility for materials!
(Ideas By Natick Public Schools)