[Surfnetkids: 25 July 2012] Kindergarten Readiness



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#1. July 25, 2012

Barbara J. Feldman
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#2. Kindergarten Readiness

by Barbara J. Feldman
http://www.surfnetkids.com/kindergarten_readiness.htm

Kindergarten Readiness Printable (** for premium members only)
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/kindergarten_readiness.pdf

August is “Get Ready for Kindergarten” month for almost two million American kids who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Today’s collection of websites include a mix of online and offline activities for parents to do with their preschoolers. But remember, although worksheets and online games are fun, reading out loud to your child is the single best way to prepare your kids for school and learning.

Bembos Zoo
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“A is for antelope, B is for Bison, C is for crab. ” An amazing typographic adventure awaits you at Bembo’s Zoo, as you watch each letter of the alphabet transform into a wild animal right before your eyes and ears. This Flash animation for all ages is based on the book of the same name, by graphic artist Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. Don’t miss it!

CoolMath4Parents: Get Ready for Kindergarten
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“How many M&M’s do you think are in this bag?” “How many buttons does Daddy have on his shirt?” Math can be integrated into nearly any everyday activity you do with your preschoolers. To jumpstart your own ideas, CoolMath4Parents organizes dozens of math-learning opportunities by daily activity such as dressing, driving, snacking, etc. The last category, Good Family Games, recommends half a dozen card and board games, including UNO, Yahtzee, and bingo.

Count Us In
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This collection of fifteen number games from the Australian Broadcasting Company is terrific; I only wish they had more descriptive titles, and some sound or music. For counting beginners, games one, five and eight are my favorites. All the games are available for free download, so they can be played offline on either a Mac or Windows computer. For a description of each game, click on the yellow “games” menu item.

… Click to continue Kindergarten Readiness .

#3. Printables Club Members Also Get …

Surfnetkids Printables Club Members also get the following printables to use in the classroom, the computer lab, the school library, or to send home with students:

Kindergarten Readiness Printable

Get Ready for Kindergarten Printable

Alphabet Fun Printable

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#6. Quote of the Week

“In an effective classroom students should not only know what they are doing, they should also know why and how.” ~~ Harry K. Wong ~~ former high-school science teacher, now an education speaker and trainer. Click here for more education quotes.

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