Work on your Child’s ILP/IEP goals (Developmental Goals will vary due to individual goals written for ILP/IEP.)
Practice ‘smelling the flowers’ (deep breath in slowly) and ‘blowing out the candles’ (slowly breath out) for self-regulation.
Check out books about preschool (beginning of year) or kindergarten (end of the year) & read with your child; ask ‘why, what, & how’ questions.
Show excitement about your child attending school and ask them to tell you about their day
Memory game (letter/color/shape cards). Select six sets of matching cards, face down & take turns turning over 2. Match you keep them, don’t match turn them back over next persons turn.
Talk with your child about things they like best about school/home and share what you like. Ask ‘why’ questions.
Do a scavenger hunt game with your child. Have them find various items around your house as you name the item. Make it more challenging and describe the item without naming it for them to find (red with a spine and pages in the middle ~ book).
Ask your child to tell you what they did at school/home today and what was their favorite part of their day.
Make up a story with your child using family members as characters. Use a familiar story and substitute family member’s names.
LANGUAGE AND LITERACY DEVELOPMENT
Have your child help set the table for a meal and have them name and describe each item (plate; blue circle food goes on it, spoon; grey/silver you can eat soup/ rice, etc.).
Play a word game with your child. Give the beginning sound of a word (i.e.: /b/ book) and ask your child to find something in the room that begins with the sound. Challenging; have your child give you the sound of a word and you find an item.
Use crayons to draw and color a picture with your child. Ask your child to tell you about their picture and write what they dictate to you on their picture. Challenging; make a word book (child draws picture of each word) and add to it all year.
Read your child’s favorite book; have your child look at the pictures and re-tell the story. Challenging; track using finger from left to right.
Print your child’s name on paper (First letter uppercase, rest of letters lowercase). Have your child trace name in rainbow colors (first blue, purple, red, etc.).
Use a book/magazine have your child show you all the letters they know. Easier; have them show you the letters in their name
Cut a short article from the old magazine. Write the word “the & and”. Have your child underline the words written with a highlighter each t it is found; use any common words used in the article. Easier; 1 word Harder; 4 words
Have your child practice writing their name by looking at it written and copying it 3 times.
Invite your child to help with the laundry. Sort by colors, count, and match socks; which has more/less, etc.
Do a word game hunt and look around the home for words that begin with a specific letter such as “B”: bean, ball, boy, etc. How many can they find? Easier; use letters they know in their name
Play a memory game. Use (easy) 1-6 (harder) 1-10 different items on a table. Child turns away (not looking) and you take away one item and ask what is missing. Challenging; take more than 1 item away
Make cookies, quesadillas, or other simple food items. Talk about the ingredients, measurements, taste, etc. Allow your child to be fully involved.
“I Spy with My Little Eye”; have your child find shapes/colors/letters you name in the room. Challenging; use descriptive words of items & how they are used
Ask your child to describe the weather outside using 2 describing words. Example; It is a cold rainy day, or it is a hot sunny day, etc.
Have your child cut shape pictures from magazines and tell you a story about the pictures they selected.
Use cardboard or paper to make number cards (1-10) with your child. Ask your child to put as many in order as they can.
Use paper to draw an A B pattern. Ask your child to duplicate the pattern. Example; (A)red-(B)blue-red-blue or (A)circle-(B)square-circle-square. Challenging; do an A B B pattern (A)red-(B)blue-(B)blue), etc.
Use beans, pennies, etc. Suggest a number and ask your child to make a sets. After 2 sets of different numbers are done ask which set has more/less, greater/ fewer, same/equal, etc.
Have your child count as many objects as they can with a 1-to-1 correspondence (1 touch to each object). Use pennies, beans, toys or any small objects.
Sink & float activity; use small metal, wood, and plastic objects and use a pail/ sink with water. Let the child predict if the objects will sink or float. Ask your child “why” questions.
Give 3 step directions. Example; draw a circle, color it red, & draw two black strips over the circle. Easier, 2 steps; harder, 3 steps unrelated.
Recite your phone number together and teach your child how to dial a phone number.
Play an opposite word game with your child. You say bigger, the child says smaller; higher/lower; taller/shorter, in/out, etc.
Use a box/table & a toy to help your child understand position words. Ask your child to place the object up, down, over, under, inside, outside, front, back, etc. of the box or table.
Measuring game; predict how many steps it will take you to get from point A to B in a room. Have your child do the same. Discuss number of steps it took, was there a difference, & which had more/less.
Have your child sort by color, size, or shape. Use coins, buttons, socks, plastic containers lids, toys, etc.
Draw shapes and let your child trace over them. Challenging; ask your child to draw the shape freehand
Discuss classroom & playground safety rules. Give scenarios and have them explain what they would need to do to be safe or to follow the rule.
Ask your child to tell you about stop signs, crossing streets at the corners, and pedestrian signal lights
Ask your child to tell you about some good health habits (washing hands; sneeze/ cough, etc.)
Play a sound game with your child. Make a sound and have your child identify the source.
Have your child practice cutting with old magazines; cut out photos, letters, cars, etc.
Encourage your child to draw you a self-portrait and see how many body parts they can include.
Use market advertisements or magazines to talk about eating healthy foods and the 4 food groups; dairy, fruits/vegetables, protein, and breads.
Play a syllable game. Repeat words with more than one syllable and ask your child to clap once for each syllable. Example; You say banana (ba-na-na) and clap three times.
Have your child practice cutting straight lines drawn on paper; or curved lines or shapes to make it more challenging.