UPK Learning Resources

Hooray, you are on your way! In this section you will find activities, videos, and resources that will help you prepare your child for UPK. In addition to the information below, check out 5 Tips to Prepare Your Child for UPK, and also these strategies to help ease separation anxiety: Time to Go! 
Listen and Speak!

Essential Listening and Speaking Skills

 How Parents Can Help

Make eye contact

Model looking at your child while you/they are speaking and encourage them to do the same.

Organize thoughts

Try having these types of open-ended discussions with your child:

  • What was the best part about something and why?

  • Tell me about your picture?

  • Tell what happened in a book, at a birthday party, while you were getting ready for bed, etc. in sequence

Stay on topic

Encourage your child to stay focused when they are talking to you.

Take turns talking and listening 

Model a time to talk and and to listen during conversations (Ex. “You share, I listen, I share, You listen…”).

Appropriate voice volume

Work with your child on when to use an inside voice vs. an outside voice.  Practice using a whisper voice.

Ask and answer in complete sentences

Encourage your child to ask and answer questions in complete sentences (Ex. “Will you tie my shoe please?”).

Follow directions

Start simple! Start with following one-step directions, build to two steps, etc. Try playing a game of “Simon says…”

Read! Read! Read!

How to Grow a Reader 

How Parents Can Help

Read with your child

Try reading a variety of books, magazines, eBooks, websites, audio books, and more! Don’t forget to check out your local library and ask about their summer reading programs and incentives.

Read with your child

Reading and talking with your child about books builds vocabulary and comprehension. Here is an example of how you can read with your child: “How to Read Out Loud With Your Preschooler”

Read by your child

If your child is starting to read, be near them as a coach to support and encourage their efforts!

Learn letters and sounds

Our ABC Linking Chart is a tool we use daily to learn letter names and sounds. We also use this chart to link letters and sounds to words. Watch the video to hear students reciting the linking chart: ABC Linking Chart Video

Here is the linking chart that your child will use in Kindergarten: ABC Linking Chart

Play with language by rhyming

Try these fun rhyming activities with your child:

  • Do these words rhyme? Thumbs up or thumbs down?

  • Sing/listen to rhyming songs (Raffi, nursery rhymes, etc.)

Write! Write! Write!

How to Grow a Writer

How Parents Can Help

Set up a place for writing at home

Provide paper, crayons, pencils, scissors, sidewalk chalk, stamps, markers, glue and other fun writing and drawing tools.

Help your child practice writing their name with appropriate upper and lower case letters

Use a variety of writing tools to make this fun: shaving cream, sand, finger paint in ziplock bag.

Encourage your child to talk about their pictures and writing

Say...“Tell me about your story” ... “Add more details to your picture” ... “Use many colors”… or Ask... “Who is in your story?” “Where are you in the picture?”

Modeling how important writing is

Say…”Look, I am writing when I…”

  • Make a grocery list

  • Write a thank you note

  • Make a to do list

Practice correct letter formation

Practice writing letters using the Churchville-Chili verbal paths on unlined paper, a dry erase board or a chalk board. Near the end of Kindergarten, your child will be taught letter formation on lined paper. 

Count! Count! Count!
Number sense activities help children see patterns in numbers and number relationships.

How to Build Essential Math Skills

How Parents Can Help

Use math language

  • Greater, less, more, fewer 

  • Equal to/same as

  • Joining /adding

  • Separating /subtracting

Practice counting forward and backward

Here is a fun way to practice counting to 100: "Get Fit - Count to 100 Video"

Practice counting objects

Have your child touch each object in a set as they count.

  • How many are there altogether?

  • What would one more be? Two more?

Practice recognizing and writing numbers

Look for numbers in books, at the store, as you’re driving. Practice writing numbers with different tools. 

Practice naming different shapes

Go on a shape hunt. Look for and name circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.

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