Age-appropriate kindergarten programs include those that help with school readiness, such as math counts, language skills, art and building science skills. Basic math exercises, such as counting on an abacus, solving number problems and measuring distances in heights or in jumps, help to develop mathematical thinking.
Language skills can be enhanced through writing simple letters to family and friends, which encourages communication through the written word. Identifying sight words and having kids use them in appropriate and meaningful ways is a good way to build a child’s vocabulary. Reading interesting books out loud and asking thought-provoking questions encourages a child’s critical thinking and stimulates dialogue through group discussions.
Engaging a child’s natural curiosity by exploring nature and animal life encourages scientific discoveries. Playing sports and games that focus on a healthy body help to raise awareness about the importance of nutrition and diet.
Expression through art is important because it stimulates creativity and natural talents. The works of famous artists can also be explored as a way of experimenting with different artistic techniques and styles. Music and singing programs are a good way to encourage dance, movement and group interactions.
Social studies encourages children to become aware of the world around them and how they impact it. For example, engaging them in a charitable cause or community project can foster social skills and teaches what it means to be a good citizen. Simple projects, such as developing a recycling program, raise awareness about the environment and how children can make a positive contribution.