Reading for Kindergarten
How to Make Kindergarten Learning Fun and Creative
Kindergarten learning is the period of life where they learning to develop their motor skills, cognitive thinking, social skills, creativity and it is very important to ensure that they are having fun and enjoying themselves.
During this period, they love to play and creating games which are fun are most effective for learning.
Pretend to use an imaginary object and have the children guess what you are doing. You can pretend to hammer a nail, water plants, cook, swim or drink a glass of water. Reverse roles where you guess while the children pretend.
This game never fails to delight them but do not look down on this classic and simple game as it fosters many benefits as it can develop communication skills, cognitive thinking, observation skills, creativity and imagination.
Ask children open-ended questions during their kindergarten learning as such questions can stimulate learning by encouraging them to think and discover on their own. Suggested open-ended questions are such –
How would you describe…?
How would you design this schoolbag to make it more comfortable to use?
How does this work?
Why did you pick that?
Why do you need to drink milk?
Who would you like to be when you grow up?
What does a cotton ball feels like?
What would happen when you can combine pretend play with open-ended questions? Awesome and "FUNtastic" kindergarten learning!
1. Baby, Story time!
When you read stories to your children regularly you are encouraging them to be good readers and you can promote pretending to read by providing them opportunities, such as reading to their baby dolls. Children who pretend to read in their kindergarten years are more likely to become successful readers.
Set up the scene in their bedroom and place their favorite dolls, stuffed animals on the bed. Give your child books with big prints and colorful pictures, play lullaby music to set the mood and encourage them to read to their favorite dolls and although they are not really reading, they feel like readers when they pretend to read.
After the story telling has ended, ask them open-ended questions like –
How does your baby feel when you….? Or
what can you do to make them feel happier?
This game can be played at their kindergarten but you can also bring this kindergarten learning to your home as the props are easy to set up, very safe, a single player game and can release you well needed time to do your own work.
2. Vet, Vet, Help! My pet is sick!
When children are given opportunities to answer questions, their communication skills and as they become more active in questioning and answering, their understanding of the language will increase.
Set up props to make your play area look like a veterinarian's office. Make signs like "We are Open", "Opening Hours", or something humorous like "No toys please, we only treat real animals". Encourage the children to think creatively for more of such signage to be hung around.
Prepare slips of paper for them to "register" their pets – name, type, age of pet and allergies to any food. Have children pretending to be the receptionist, veterinarian and the customer.
Roll the camera, start and action!
After the session is over, ask them open-ended questions like –
How can you tell if your pet is sick or happy?
What did you do to help it feel more comfortable?
There are endless creative pretend games which you can create for fun and effective kindergarten learning such as playing detective, doctor or firefighter. When you provide props to enrich the environment, unique literacy experiences are enhanced that encourages children's creativity, stimulate more ideas to bring into play and capturing their interest as they learn to read and write and have fun at the same time. Fun learning is effective learning!
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