A few months ago, Mr. Cowboy and I registered Lil’ CB for Kindergarten. I actually managed not to cry… mostly because I was helping run the registration since it was at my school. Yep, in a little less than two months, Lil’ CB will be a Kindergartner and I’ll continue to teach Kindergarten at the same school. He definitely won’t be in my class, but it’ll be fun to be in the same grade together!
A while back, I wrote a series on what and how to prepare for Kindergarten. I promised and swore that we would not be purchasing workbooks in order to prepare Lil’ CB for Kindergarten. And we didn’t and I do think he is ready for the big K! Now that we are mere weeks, away, I thought I’d share what we really are doing to help our little cowboy as he prepares for his first year of full-day, big boy school!
The most important thing that we are trying to do is incorporate literacy activities daily while keeping them as genuine and authentic as possible. I outlined in a previous post about the reason why I’m not doing any formal reading lessons with Lil’ CB at home, and that is something I’m sticking by. There are a couple of easy, patterned books we have from school that we’ll sometimes read, but Lil’ CB chooses when to read them and we try to do it very casually so as not to stress him out and have him feel any unnecessary pressure. He loves books and he loves “reading,” and while I’m fairly certain he could learn to read one-on-one with me, I want him to take the lead on it until he is required to engage in reading lessons at school.
We continue to read lots and lots of books at home and visit the library every 2-3 weeks, returning with a fairly giant stack of books each time. Lil’ CB almost always has a book with him, too, wherever we go. Thankfully, he is so great about plopping down just about anywhere so long as he’s got a good book, and it’s made running errands so much easier!