The Center provides the Ready, Set, Go School Readiness Program for children ages 0-5. What a child experiences during the first five years of life will greatly influence her or his progress in school. Families with young children have a “community” to socialize with, learn from, and give and gain resources from. We have many different activities, events, and resources for all families and all are free and bilingual. For more information about this program please call Nicole at (415) 488-4888 ext 254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
San Geronimo Valley Playgroup
Twice a week, the San Geronimo Valley Community Center offers a free playgroup for all children 0-5 years old on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Lagunitas School District Upper Campus, Room 1. No need to sign up. Just come, bring some snacks to share and have fun! Frequently on Thursdays we have a special event planned for the playgroup time. Special events include; special art and craft projects, free music and movement classes and more. Please check our calendar for these special monthly events.
Summer Bridge Families: We hope you are all safe and healthy this Summer. We want to empower you all to take time with your incoming kindergartener and encourage them to love learning.
We plan to provide a virtual tour of the Lagunitas campus, so they can become familiar with the vast property. Coming Soon….
We encourage you to go outside and have fun getting ready for kindergarten!
Skills Your Child should acquire or become familiar with before entering Kindergarten:
- Recognize and/or name colors?
- Match or sort items by color and shape?
- Understand concepts such as: in, out, under, on, off, front and back?
- Know her/his body parts (head, shoulders, knees, etc.)?
Here are some tips for helping young children construct their own understanding of concepts as they interact and work with materials, people, events and ideas:
- Provide age appropriate toys which require thinking, including puzzles, blocks or sorting toys.
- Count objects around the house, such as plates and forks for the table, crackers for snacks.
- Play games with your child using words such as: “Put the ball on the chair” and “Get the pot from under the sink.”
- Cut with scissors? Try to tie her/his shoes?
- Enjoy outdoor play such as running, jumping and climbing?
- Hold a crayon or marker?
- Ride a tricycle?
Children need physical skills to be successful in school. Daily opportunities to use large and small muscles should be provided. Here are some tips to help children in their physical development:
- Provide opportunities to use crayons, markers, pencils, and pens.
- Allow your child time to dress her/himself.
- Provide experiences with scissors such as cutting pictures from a magazine.
- Provide opportunities for your child to experiment with balls, tricycles and jump ropes.
Number Concept Development
- Arrange items in groups according to size, shape or color?
- Group items that are the same?
- Arrange toys or objects in size order, big to small or small to big?
- Correctly identify four to ten objects?
The development of number concepts – classifying, ordering, counting, and time and space relationships – is directly related to children’s ability to perform mathematical tasks throughout their school years and the rest of their lives. It is important to help young children feel confident in dealing with number tasks.
- Let your child set the table (“How many forks do we need?” “How many chairs?”)
- Provide opportunities to put away groceries
- Provide opportunities to compare objects
- Talk in sentences?
- Follow through when you give her/him one or two directions?
- Use descriptive language? (“That’s a tall building with round windows.”)
- Pretend, create and make up songs and stories?
We know the World Wide Web hosts a never-ending resource for inspiration and interests. Sometimes it’s too much. Here are a few links to family friendly websites that can encourage learning if you’re interested……
SplashLearn. Get Personalized Learning Path Fit for Catching up, Enrichment or Regular Practice Your Perfect Home Learning Companion for K-5 Math
Fun, Curriculum-aligned & Guided Learning
Starfall.com® is a free public service to teach children to read. The site also includes language arts and mathematics.
First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission
To sign up for weekly 1st 5 newsletter and activities
PBS KIDS FOR PARENTS
Marin County Free Library
One of our personal favorites, endless free resources. You can find out about the Learning Bus!
30 Activities you can do at home this Summer:
- Go on a listening walk with your child. What does he/she hear?
Birds, wind, leaves blowing etc.
Ask engaging questions. How far or near do you think the bird is? What does that sound make you feel?
- Ask your child to find five to twenty rocks. Have them touch each one as they count them. How do they feel? Are they different colors? Which one’s biggest? Sort them into categories, colors, shapes, texture etc.
- Show your child how to draw shapes circles, squares, triangles, rectangles, ovals, stars, hearts. Let them practice drawing as many as possible.
- Look around the house and identify shapes, like the rectangular or square windows, or circular plates.
Play 3 shapes everywhere game. Who can find 3 shapes first?
- Read books all Summer. Ask questions such as “who”, “what”, “when”, “where”, and “how.”
- Count the number of windows in your home together.
- Let your child help wash the car.
- Help your child think of words that rhyme with cat, dog, or dad or any other words.
- Challenge your child to hop on one foot three times. Alternate feet.
- Encourage your child to write on the sidewalk or driveway with chalk.
- Have your child count all the buttons on her clothes.
- Create something with play-doh or make it….
- Sing songs. And listen to music with your child.
- Go on a color hunt– find objects that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, & purple.
- Ask your child to act out a nursery rhyme after reading it together from a book.
- Let your child cut up old magazines and make collages.
17. Have your child draw a picture of something she likes to do in the summertime. Encourage her to describe/explain it.
- See if your child can find an insect. Examine it closely together. What do you see?
- Draw three different shapes on a paper and ask your child to cut them out.
- Have a “puzzle day.” Encourage your child to work to complete a puzzle independently
- Challenge your child to count how many steps it takes to walk across the living room or yard or outside space.
- Have your child tell you a story and draw a picture to go along with it. As they tell it, write it down, then read it to them after.
- Have your child put ice cubes in the hot sun. What happens?
- Ask your child to help you write the grocery list. Let him draw pictures or help write some letters. Describe the items you’re adding. What color are they? Are they sweet? Is it crunchy? Does it feel cold?
- Go on a nature hike together.
- Dress up and play whatever your child wants to be.
- Relax in the shade with your child and read a book together. Help them to retell the story when you finish.
- Cut up several drinking straws and let your child string them.
- Play hopscotch together.
- Ask your child to pretend to be a caterpillar. See if she can tell you four foods she would eat. Read The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.
Have your child draw a picture of something he would like to do in kindergarten. Talk about all the fun opportunities he will have in the upcoming year!
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Nature Activities for Summertime Learning
We live in a beautiful West Marin setting and outside is one of the best learning environments.
Try some of these with your eager learner.
- Take a walk and see what things there are in your block. Any changes on the trees or in the yards? Birds fly around cities just like they do in the countryside.
- Turn over some rocks and check for small creatures like ants and other bugs.
- Once your child is past the anything-in-the-mouth stage it may be safe, but messy, for some sandbox or mud-pile play time.
- Plant some seeds inside or outside and watch how they grow.
- Lie in the grass and watch the clouds move in the wind or turn over and check out what’s happening on the ground.
- Fold paper into fan and feel the air moving.
- Let your child explore what water can do either in the tub or the kitchen sink.
- In the summer it is the best time for collecting rocks, shells, sticks, and other natural treasures. Make a collage, paint a rock or leaf
- Water painting: clean brushes & rollers and a bucket of clean water. And I the wise words of Mr. Miyagi ….paint the fence, deck? (karate kid…anyone?)
- Play I-SPY
Or make a Back Yard Photo Hunt: Parents take photos of items in & around your garden or house when the kids are busy ( a rare moment) Print the photos (make one collage print) and kids have to find them!
Contact: Nicole Ramirez
Director of Human Services and Youth Programs
415.488-8888 ext 254 or email@example.com