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Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten

With the district-wide closure of the Granite Falls School District, this guide is intended to support students’ learning. The suggested activities do not replace the experience of being in school but can help students maintain the learning that has taken place during this school year so far.


Math Resources

 

Activity: Count with Me
Have your child place objects on a paper plate; count the objects while moving them to another plate.

 

Activity: Shape Search
Look for items that are different shapes. Help your child name the shape and describe or talk with them about how they know it is that shape (ie: it is a square because it has 4 sides that are all the same and 4 corners); look for shape matches with other objects.

 

Activity: Counting Collections
Have your child count a collection of items in your house such as buttons, silverware, toys, paperclips, etc.

 

Activity: Laundry Sort

Sort family’s laundry into piles of shirts, pants, socks, underwear, other. Sort by color, size or family member.

 

Activity: Number Walk

Count with your child how many steps it takes you to get from one room to another, from your car to the door, from your house to the park, etc. Ask your child to estimate how many steps it will take before beginning.

 

Activity: Cook with Me

Make your favorite recipe with your child. Count and measure the ingredients, set a timer and watch it countdown to zero. Count how many items were baked/cooked.

 

Activity: Same and Different

Find objects in your house and have your child describe how they are the same and how they are different. Sort the objects into groups by color, size or shape.

 

Math Resources

Engaging, hands-on math activities and games

 

English Language Arts

 

Activity:Read a Book and Question

Ask questions about who was in the book (character), where it happened (setting), what happened, and the emotions of the characters.

 

Activity: Write a Story

Encourage your child to tell a story about something that happened to them and then draw a picture to tell the story. They might also include scribbles, letters or writing. Write their name, include speech or thought bubbles, label “me” in their story.

 

Activity: Rhyming: I Spy


Introduce rhyming words by reciting a rhyme like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Hickory, Dickory Dock”.

Play simple word games like “I Spy”.Say, “I spy something that rhymes with “bapple”, the child responds with “apple”.

 

Activity: Rhyming Books or Read a Rhyming Book

Read a rhyming book

Examples include:

  • ChickaChickaBoomBoomby Bill Martin, Jr. and JohnArchembault
  • Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • IAin’tGonnaPaint No More by Karen Beaumont
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

 

Activity: Letter Recognition

Write capital and lowercase letters your child is working on (especially the letters of their name) on small scraps of paper, lay them out on the floor, name a letter and ask your child to find it. When they do, they get to wad it up into a ball and toss it into a trashcan.

 

Activity: Alphabet Hunt

Write down the alphabet or specific letters your child is working on. Provide your child a crayon, marker or some small stickers, go on a hunt around your house to match the letters written on the paper on food boxes, magazines, street signs near your house, etc., once a letter has been found, have your child mark the letter off with a sticker or check mark.

 

English Language Arts Resources

  • Sno-Isle Libary BookFlixWatch interactive read-alouds through Sno-Isle library digital resource BookFlix
  • StarfallInteractive language and literacy activities and games
  • ABCYaGames and activities to support learning in a variety of areas (letters, numbers, strategy)

 

 

Science and Engineering

 

Activity:Nature Walk

Go for a nature walk (or look out the window) and play “I spy” describing the characteristics of objects. Encourage your child to use language to describe the objects they see.

 

Activity:Inventing

Pull out a bunch of household items (ie: straws, cotton balls, toothpicks, wooden spoons, boxes, etc.). Ask them to build something and tell you about what they’ve made.

 

Activity:Observing and Predicting

Go outside (or look out the window) for plants that are waking up for spring. Ask your child to draw a picture of a tree they see. Ask them to predict what the tree will look like in summer.

 

Activity:Water Play: Scoop and Pour

Fill the sink, bathtub or small container with water. Provide your child with items they can use to scoop, pour & fill such as measuring cups, spoons, funnels and tubes.

 

Activity: Exploring Nature Collection

Gather natural materials from outside such as leaves, bark, interesting rocks, moss, etc. Talk with your child about the different characteristics of the items; rough, smooth, soft, hard, etc.

 

Activity: Weather Play: Sink or Float

Fill the sink, bathtub or small container with water. Provide your child with various objects that they can test whether they sink or float (rocks, leaves, wooden objects, etc.) Ask your child to predict if an item will sink or float before they place it into the water.

 

Activity: Observing and Brainstorming

Go outside (or look out the window) for animals that are waking up for spring. Ask your child to draw a picture of an animal they see. Ask them think about where that animal may live and what they might eat.

 

Science and Engineering Resources

 

Social Emotional

 

Activity:Self-regulation Games

This is an opportunity for your child to practice stopping and starting.

  • Simon Says
  • Red Light,Green Light
  • FreezeDance

Activity: Turn Taking Games

This is an opportunity for your child to practice taking turns. If you don’t have one of these games, you could create a simple board game, use household items for board pieces and take turns rolling a dice, drawing a number or just alternating moving game pieces through the board.

  • Candy Land
  • Shoots and Ladders

Activity:Emotions Faces

Draw a circle on a piece of paper or use a paper plate. Gather household items that your child can use to create emotion faces. Ask them to change to different faces, ask them to identify why they think it is that emotion (examples: happy, sad, excited, scared). Can be done using play-dough.

Activity: Emotion Recognition

Read another story. Discuss the characters and events in the story. Invite your child to share her thoughts and feelings by asking questions: “What do you think he should do? How do you think she feels? What would you do if you were this character?”

 

Activity: Eyes Are Watching

Place 3 to 4 small items in front of you, ask your child to watch your eyes to see which item they are “pointing at” as you look at one item. Have your child repeat the activity with you naming the item they are looking at. Or have your child cover their eyes, remove one item and then ask them which item is missing.

 

Activity: Play with Me

Spend 10 minutes playing with your child. Pick an activity they want to play. Follow their lead. Make sure it’s not a video or screen. Use this time to ask questions but try not to direct the play.

 

Activity: Smell the Flower

Have your child practice big, deep belly breaths by having the pretend to smell a flower (deep breath in through the nose) and then blowing out the candle (big breath out through the mouth).

 

Social Emotional Resources

  • Cosmic Kids:Short active videos for movement, mindfulness and calming down
  • VROOM App:Daily activities and tips to support your child’s learning
  • PBS Kids:Interactive games and stories with familiar characters in English and Spanish