Best of … kindergarten success tools
Written by: Catalogs.com Editorial Staff
Contributed by Tim Brugger, Catalogs.com Top 10 Guru
In addition to quality nap time (something many of us still appreciate), finger painting and storytelling, kindergarten is a great place to lay a foundation for learning.
Helping our youngsters appreciate the joy of education from an early age sets the stage for a lifetime of learning.
Measuring kindergarten success doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s simply a matter of providing the right tools that make learning fun. To get you started, here are the Best of Kindergarten Success Tools.
Teaching cash register
Basic money concepts
Learning to identify money and understand the basic concepts of change is a great way to start your kindergartener on the way to math (and life) success. It’s also an important step towards understanding why that designer-label-upper-triple-didget pair of jeans isn’t really the best choice for back-to-school. And this cheerful red teaching cash register from Rainbow Resource makes the learning process into a game your soon-to-be kindergartener will love to play.
Combines world history and science
The perfect introduction to science, Egyptology and Indiana Jones, the Egyptian Pyramid Archaeology Kit from the one and only Metropolitan Museum of Art Store is sure to spark the imagination. Kindergarten success is assured by using the hieroglyphics to unlock the mysteries inside. Some may think this a bit beyond the average 5 or 6 year old, but as any kindergarten teacher will tell you; don’t make the mistake of underestimating our short people.
Getting ready for school
The skills they need, the fun they want
Making sure your kindergartener has the skills and knowledge to start school off right is one of the very best kindergarten success tools you can find. And the people at Really Good Stuff have searched for the right games, tools and toys to make that happen.
Take the Hot Dots Jr “Getting Ready for School” set. It feels like a game. But it’s really providing your little one with the basics they need to recognize patterns, match images, count shapes and follow directions. And that adds up to a great start in kindergarten.
Creativity is the mother of invention; or some such nonsense as that. Anyway, there’s no denying that kindergarten success must include some arts and crafts projects. Art is a great way to utilize the imagination, and these Giant Person Shapes from Discount School Supply fit the bill nicely. They can even be used to introduce children to the concept of diversity, and celebrate all the things that make us unique. Not bad for a foot-high, cardstock person.
A healthy body
Keep them moving, keep them active
Just because a child is starting kindergarten doesn’t mean playtime should end. In fact, having a strong and healthy body is one of the very best ways to give your child a headstart in school.
Installing a fun, activity-inspiring swing set, climbing gym or other playset in your yard is a great way to make playing outside more fun than hanging out on the computer or parked in front of the television. Detailed Play Systems has ready-to-assemble playsets and home playground kits of all sizes, so you can send your kids to school happy and healthy.
Beginners time management
Kindergartners, you gotta love ‘em. Though, in all fairness, it must be said that keeping them on task takes the patience (and will) of a trained professional; especially since the banning of straitjackets in the classroom. With that in mind, Learning Resource offers up for consideration the Time Tracker; an extremely cool way to keep kids on pace and on task.