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30 Summer Activities to Promote Kindergarten Readiness
Posted By JessieLeigh On June 10, 2014 @ 4:43 pm In Family Fun,Learning,Public Schooling,Seasonal Fun,Summertime | No Comments
Do you have a child heading off to Kindergarten this fall? Life as MOM contributor Jessie Leigh  has some fantastic and fun tips for encouraging kindergarten readiness this summer.
This fall, I will send my third child off to kindergarten. This is not my first time down this road, obviously, but I still learn new things each and every time. One thing that has been the same each time, however, is that, all around, parents start fretting about whether or not their children are “ready” for kindergarten.
Some parents feel strongly that a couple years of preschool are the ticket for kindergarten readiness. Others lean heavily on workbooks, computer programs, or apps to give their children an edge. Others just let their children explore and figure it’ll all work out in the end.
To be honest, I fall mostly in that last group, but I also have the kind of personality that likes to be structured and proactive, so I understand the mindset of the other groups, too.
If you’d like some activities to do with your up-and-coming kindergartener over the summer, I have some fun suggestions. Culled from my own experience and from speaking to many, many elementary teachers, here are thirty ideas for ways to help prepare your child for the school year, while still letting her enjoy the summer:
– A mother of three, including a 24 week preemie, JessieLeigh  is a determined advocate for even the tiniest of babies. She can be found celebrating life’s (sometimes unexpected) miracles and blessings at Parenting Miracles .
You can read all of Jessie Leigh’s posts for Life as MOM here .
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