Skills to Practice this Month
- Encourage exploration and manipulation of crayons, pencils, scissors, buttons, zippers, forks, spoons, and other small everyday objects.
- Upon entering kindergarten, most children should be able to draw or copy squares, triangles, circles, and other geometric patterns and letters. They should be able to draw a person, dress and undress with assistance, and use utensils.
Help your child cut various shapes out of construction paper, fun foam, or felt. Cut circles, squares, triangles, and rectangles. Show your child how these simple shapes can be combined to make people, trees, houses, boats, and other objects. Let your child glue his designs onto construction paper and label his creations with crayons or markers.
Sew buttons onto scrap pieces of fabric and let your child practice buttoning and unbuttoning. You could also give your child zippers, laces, and snaps to practice these dressing skills.
Let your child set the table at the evening meal. Talk about what each utensil is called and what it is used for. If your child hasn't mastered it yet, help him practice holding and using a fork, spoon, and knife. Make a fun game out of it! Can you eat peas with a knife, corn on the cob with a spoon, soup with a fork?