Kinder Konfidence

Kindergarten Konfidence is a set of activities to do with your kid in their first year of school

How to get the most out of playtime with your child

Just by playing with your child you will see an increase in their confidence. When you focus on enjoying the learning process and not the outcomes your child will grow over the summer.

Our teachers designed these activities with children at all developmental stages in mind. Remember that each child develops at a different pace. Some things will be easier for them while others more difficult.

The goal of these activities is to help your child understand that they are capable learners. We want them to be confident when they walk into the classroom. And to know that it is okay if they don’t know something or do something as well as a classmate.

Spending time learning and playing with you this summer will build your child’s confidence in themselves to believe that they can learn anything if they try hard enough.

Here are a few ways to get the most out of doing these activities with your child:

  • Praise concrete effort. Studies show that praise around effort leads to a belief that hard work pays off. Shy away from broad praises like “good girl/boy”. Try to be more specific: “when you concentrated, you were able to build the tower higher”.
  • Provide help without giving them the answer. You and your child might have a differing idea on where to take the activity. In general, follow their lead! But if they need some help, which they will at times, pose a new idea in the form of a question: “What if we try to grip our hands tighter as we move the macaroni?”.
  • Know when to call it. Sometimes the activity or the moment just isn’t right. THAT’S OK. Consistently building a routine of playing with your child does not mean forcing something that’s just not happening. Move on, try something different, or try again at a different moment.
  • Introduce new vocabulary constantly. Playtime is a great way to introduce new words. Each activity will have an example new vocabulary word you can introduce. You can also quickly think of a new word you want to incorporate into the activity and come up with a child friendly definition. For example, “spectacular means really great”.
  • Replay. Try out the same activities over and over again. The first couple of times, your child will be developing an understanding of what is happening. By repeating, you give them the chance to really enjoy them!

Author

Melissa McGlynn

Curriculum Director

Before joining Together10, Melissa was the National Director of Elementary at Teach for America. A 2008 graduate of UC Berkeley Melissa has been a KIPP Lead Pre-K teacher and is currently pursuing her EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership at the USC Rossier School of Education.