If you have a child who is starting Kindergarten in the fall, this program is for you! It’s your important job as a parent to ensure that your child is ready for school and we want to help you. That’s why we developed the “Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten” materials, which were available free of charge through your child’s school if you live in Davis, Weber, Ogden, Morgan, North Summit, Box Elder, Cache, Logan, or Rich School Districts. The Activity Book has lots of fun activities and games to do and play together as your child learns about the alphabet, numbers, colors, shapes, patterns, similarities and differences, and getting along with classmates. There is a great checklist of the skills your child should have mastered and there are lists, too, of books you might want to check out from a library or purchase and read with your child before the start of school.
If you’ve done Adam and Lenny’s pages in the Activity Book, you and your child have had lots of letter adventures already. Want some more? Try these to keep practicing writing and recognizing alphabet letters.
Remember making red and green paper chains for Christmas? Try making an alphabet chain from two of your child’s favorite colors. Cut strips of construction paper about one inch wide so that you have 27 strips: 14 of one color and 13 of the other. Print your child’s name in upper and lowercase letters on one of the 14 strips and then print one letter of the alphabet on each of the other strips, alternating colors, or creating another pattern. Ask your child to help you find all the letters of the alphabet in order, starting with A and ending with Z. Staple them together in a chain and add your child’s name before A.
Give your child a chance to practice using safety scissors. Ask them to help you cut out big letters from magazines or newspapers. Try to find three or four of each letter. Ask your child to find as many of a certain letter as you can. Count how many you found. Save these letters in a zip lock for other games.
On a piece of paper write several rows of 5 or 6 random letters, repeating some letters. Here’s an example for you.
Next, ask your child to circle all of one letter: “Can you circle all the Es? How about all of the Ts?”
Play an “Alphabet Soup” game with you child using a saucepan, a big spoon or ladle, and a cereal bowl. Using the alphabet cards that came in your copy of the “Get Ready for Kindergarten with Miss Bindergarten” Activity Book or, if you have them, alphabet refrigerator magnets or plastic letters, ask your child to add the letters to the pan and gently stir up some “soup.” Ask him to catch some letters with the spoon and add them to the dish. See how many letters in his Alphabet Soup your child can name.
Here’s some other fun things to do!
Click here for a certificate from Miss Bindergarten that you can print out for your child to show that she has completed the Activity Book. Fill in her name. Bring your certificate to Treehouse for the Kindergarten Celebration on the first Saturday of August to receive a free child’s T-Shirt that says “I’m Ready for Kindergarten” while supplies last.
Come and celebrate being ready for Kindergarten with Treehouse and scores of local Kindergarten teachers at a giant party on August 5 this year at Treehouse at 347 22nd Street. It’s free to all new Kindergarten children, their parents, and their siblings. The party has a Circus theme with activity tents outside and exhibits open inside.
Visit the Community Literacy Efforts page for more information about Treehouse's Baby Talk with Baby Bear project, designed especially for moms with young children.