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Welcome to TheSingleMomClub.com’s Online Classroom. This is a place where parents can celebrate their families while incorporating cultural, heritage-based values into their children’s learning. Whether your family is from Ireland, Africa or a mixture of places, TheSingleMomClub.com’s Online Classroom is right for you.

We’ve compiled tips, videos, printable, worksheets and links to useful blogs and articles to help you get your child ready for kindergarten starting from birth. Go ahead! Get started. Don’t forget to comment, share and like on Facebook to help other single moms navigate the chopping waters of educating their children.

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Bilingual kids are well adjusted to the changing times of the world. In New York City, children as young as two or three are learning Mandarin Chinese in immersion classes at daycare and preschool. With more and more of an Chinese influence on American culture, you might want to take steps to ensure that your child is not left behind the global learning curve.

If you’re interested in having your child learn a second or third language, here are some lesson plans for teaching your child
Mandarin Chinese,  Spanish and French listed further down in TheSingleMomClub.com Classroom under each child’s age category.

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PRESCHOOL

If your child is starting preschool this fall, you may be approaching this major milestone with conflicting emotions. You’re probably excited about all the fun (you hope) your child will have and the new friends he’ll make. At the same time, you may feel a little sad that your baby is venturing out into the big world without you. These emotions are normal. Your child is also bound to have a host of feelings about this transition, feeling proud to be a big kid but at the same time worried about being separated from you and starting something unfamiliar.  

There’s a lot you can do in the weeks before to get ready for the big day.  But try to keep your efforts low-key. If you make too big a deal out of this milestone, your child may end up being more worried than excited. Here are some ideas to keep the focus on fun.

  • Use pretend play to explore the idea of preschool.  Take turns being the parent, child and teacher.  Act out common daily routines, such as saying good-bye to mommy and/or daddy, taking off your coat, singing songs, reading stories, having Circle Time, playing outside, and taking naps.  Reassure your child that preschool is a good place where he will have fun and learn. Answer his questions patiently. This helps children feel more in control which reduces their anxiety.
  • Read books about preschool. There are many books about going to preschool available from the public library in your area. Choose several to share with your child over the summer before school starts. Talk about the story and how the characters are feeling. Ask how your child is feeling.
  • Make a game out of practicing self-help skills including unzipping her coat, hanging her coat on a hook, putting on her backpack, fastening her shoes.  For example, you might want to have a “race” with your child to see how quickly she can put on her shoes.  When you play school together, you can give your child the chance to practice taking off her coat, zipping her backpack closed, and sitting “criss-cross applesauce.”  If your child will be bringing lunch, pack it up one day before school starts and have a picnic together.  This will give her the chance to practice unzipping her lunch box and unwrapping her sandwich—important skills for the first day!
  • Play at your new preschool.  Visit your child’s preschool together. Ask when you can tour the school with your child. Play on the school playground a few times before your child starts the program. These visits increase your child’s comfort with and confidence in this new setting.

 

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KINDERGARTEN

(www.TheSingleMomClub.com) – Have you ever wondered what exactly your child needs to know before kindergarten?  Here a few tips based upon a Preschool Inventory given to children at the very end of  some Pre-Kindergarten programs.

Your child is old enough to start kindergarten — but is your child ready?

Recognize the factors that might affect your child’s kindergarten readiness and what you can do to help succeed in school. Why is kindergarten readiness important?

Kindergarten marks the start of a child’s formal education. A child’s first school experiences can influence the 
way your child relates to others for the rest of life. For example, success or failure at this stage can affect a child’s 
well-being, self-esteem and motivation. As a result, it’s important to make sure that when your child begins school your child is developmentally ready to learn and participate in classroom activities.

How can I tell if my child is ready for kindergarten? 

Most schools use cutoff dates — deadlines by which a child must be a certain age — to determine who’s eligible 
for a kindergarten class. Typically, a child must be age 5 before entering kindergarten. Age, however, isn’t the 
only way to measure a child’s kindergarten readiness. Don’t forget to consider all factors. When trying to determine if your child is ready for kindergarten, don’t worry about whether or not your child has mastered specific skills. Instead, consider his or her readiness to learn.

How well is your child able to communicate and listen?

Is your child able to get along with other children and adults? Use your own intuition as a parent and consult your child’s doctor, preschool teacher and any other child care providers for useful, objective information about your child’s development and readiness for school. Keep in mind schools often require a kindergarten readiness test to evaluate their abilities and gauge your child’s development to other children.

 

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HOMESCHOOL

It seems like more parents are considering the homeschool option. This is a huge responsibility. Many may be overwhelmed at first and not know where to start. Before you get that checkbook out to pay $700 for a Kindergarten curriculum,stop! It doesn’t have to be expensive or stressful. Here is a blog post written by a mom who homeschools her children.

“Our first 2 months of homeschool was challenging. We tried too hard to make it like a traditional school setting. However, my mistake was not taking into account that my daughter was only 5!! Kids at this age can usually stay in place for 15 minutes at a time. I was sticking to a set schedule and curriculum, this is not ideal for kindergarten. I tweaked a few things here and there and we got comfortable with everything and this is when it started getting fun.

Phonics

We always started the day with a morning prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. We have a small flag in the corner of our “classroom”. This was followed by reciting the ABC’s and counting to 20. At this age , you want to focus mostly on phonics. Use ABC flash cards. We also sang songs together. Our favorite was Dr. Jeans, Sing to Learn CD.  I really believe the Alphardy song on this cd is what made my daughter such an excellent reader. At the end of the school year, she was reading at 3rd grade level. Once they get the phonics down, start working on sight words, and they will take off. The Sing To Learn Cd also has songs to teach them the continents, spell colors, oceans, and so much more. I don’t know many Kindergarten kids that know the continents and oceans from memory!

Workbooks

We also did some workbooks, I spent maybe $20 on Kindergarten workbooks purchased from Sam’s Club, also available at Walmart. We had workbooks in reading and math. You can also finds tons of free printables online. I also recommend Enchanted Learning. Subscription is $20 for the year and you have access to tons of worksheets from reading to science. This site helped me tremendously. We have read many books together also. This is also very important.

Science

For science, we did alot of nature walks. We planted flowers and she learned the planets. You can also find a lot of science project ideas in books at your local library. For social studies, we learned about our state. She learned the state capital, state flower, slogan, etc. Social Studies for Kinder also includes learning your address, phone number..simple things like that.

Arts & Crafts

This was my daughters favorite time. Make homemade play dough, get water colors, sidewalk chalk, art easels, bubble baths with bath crayons. Anything that they can be creative with and make a mess at the same time is perfect! They are using their creativity, learning colors, using their senses, and most importantly, being a child. The best part is, the memories being created. You would miss this if they were in a traditional “classroom”. Culinary arts is another important and fun class. Make cookies together, have them measure the ingredients, and/or  mix and pour.

Physical Education

This is also very important. This can include running in the backyard, doing cartwheels, and playing in the sprinkler. Taking them to the park, play soccer, ride bikes, and hiking are great ideas.

Get Social

This is one of the most misunderstood concepts of homeschooling. A lot of people think homeschool, they think, “Oh, well how will they socialize? They won’t have any friends.” Wrong! My daughter has such a diverse social life. Get your kid(s) involved in playdates, get signed up with a local homeschool support group. Usually playdates are once or twice a week. Check your library for weekly storytime and arts and crafts times. Consider gymnastics, little league, soccer, cheer, or Girl Scouts/ Boy Scouts. There are so many opportunites to get your children socialized in homeschool.”

Helpful Homeschool Blogs

http://www.houseunseen.com/2013/06/homeschooling-kindergarten.html

 

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