Language is a big part of kindergarten. Beginning kindergarteners do not have well developed reading and writing skills so much of their learning (and informal assessments) occurs orally. Being able to answer questions in sentences, fully express their ideas so that others can easily understand them and tell or retell events and/or stories are essential skills for kindergarteners.
Another huge component of kindergarten language skills is the ability to follow verbal directions. A fun and informal way for children to practice their listening skills and focus on following verbal directions is by playing - Simon Says Draw! By making it a game, children don't even realize they are practicing essential kindergarten readiness skills. You will be having fun family time while helping them prepare for K through play! You can't beat that.
For even more Language Building ideas check out these awesome posts shared by my series co-hosts:
Language Experience Stories w/Exploding Soap (Coffee Cups and Crayons)
Play to Promote Language Development (Mama Smiles)
Create a Story Box + Free Printables (Mess for Less)
Using Puppets for Language Development (Toddler Approved)
and be sure to follow our Get Ready for K Through Play Pinterest Board for lots of awesome Kindergarten Readiness resources, ideas and activities. We are pinning lots of fun and easy language building ideas like puppet play, listening games, following directions activities and more.
Thank you to My Cute Graphics for the use of the superhero kids graphic.
Join us next week as we share ideas for helping children develop the Social & Emotional Skills needed for Kindergarten in week 2 of the Get Ready for K Through Play summer series.
Have fun playing to learn!