Thursday, April 16, 2009

100 Things to do Before Kindergarten

TM shared this link last week, and I thought it was a keeper. I am all (ALL) about lists and while I doubt we will do each and every one of these, wouldn't it be cool to try? So, here is it and I will check them off as we do them.

100 Things to do Before Kindergarten

by The Savvy Source, on Mon Feb 2, 2009 9:12am PST

We enjoy making lists here at The Savvy Source. Making a list is an act of hope, and a form of dreaming as well as planning.

These years before kindergarten and the forward march of school years are precious and irreplaceable. Never again will we have so much plain old free time with these adorables of ours. So here's a list of lots of stuff we hope to do with them, make possible for them, show them and teach them before they head off to -- gasp! -- elementary school.

And if we don't get around to each and every one of these items...well, we still have another twelve years before they go to college!

In no particular order....

1. Go to the zoo (Oregon Zoo - August 2008, attempted Seattle Zoo - November 2008)

2. Visit a farm (We visited a pumpkin patch 10/2008, lots of animals there - does that count? We also visited the family home in Virginia and while there are no animals now, at one time it was a working farm.)

3. Go on a hike

4. Play with kittens or puppies

5. Catch a frog (Going to have to be a father/daughter thing, mama doesn't do frogs!)

6. Make a gigantic mess (all the time!)

7. Help clean up a gigantic mess

8. Master the monkey-bars

9. Swing high up into the sky all by themselves

10. Try ice-skating

11. Go sledding

12. Make a snow-man

13. Blow bubbles

14. Plant seeds and watch them grow

15. Have a pillow fight

16. Jump on a big bed (Mama and Daddy's - too often!)

17. Jump on a trampoline or in a bounce house

18. Hang out in a tent

19. Spend days at the beach

20. Build sandcastles

21. Go fishing

22. Go out on a boat

23. Play with blocks and puzzles (Ongoing! Puzzle Time)

24. Read the classic picture books

25. Read a classic chapter book

26. Check out library books with their own library card

27. Get a passport (Working on this!)

28. Carve a pumpkin

29. Hold a newborn baby (to see how much they've grown)

30. Love a special doll or stuffed animal (MeiMei but we also have Brutus the Penguin, and currently several others!)

31. Bake cookies and cakes

32. Help plan their own birthday party

33. Go to the circus

34. Go to a museum on a quiet weekday

35. Play hide-and-seek

36. Play a board game

37. Do nothing whatsoever all day (Ha! we do this all the time!)

38. Try a sport

39. Watch a sporting event

40. Learn to swim

41. Be tickled in hysterics (We tickle, but carefully. I don't believe in the 'too much tickling' thing as it can easily get too be too much.)

42. Paint and draw as much as desired (Emi colors all the time, even has her own little desk in the office. Painting is going to wait until it's warmer and can be done outside!)

43. Have the use of scissors and glue

44. Display artworks and other creations around the house

45. Learn to use a camera (and keep an album of the results!)

46. Play with clay

47. Pick flowers (4/2009 - This just happened last week, Daddy and Emi picked some dandelions for Mama)

48. Climb a tree

49. Gaze at the moon and stars

50. Toast marshmallows

51. Learn to eat an ice-cream cone

52. Watch a sunset

53. Learn to write their own names

54. Learn their addresses and telephone numbers

55. Learn their parents' full names

56. Set the table

57. Clear the table

58. Help wash the dishes

59. Learn to say their pleases and thank yous and excuse mes

60. Watch fireworks

61. Go to the ballet or theater or a puppet show

62. Put on a ballet or play or puppet show at home

63. Face paint

64. Dress up in costumes at will

65. Learn rhymes and poems and songs by heart

66. Have a dance party

67. Enjoy friends at preschool and at the park

68. Invite friends over to play

69. Get to know grandparents (With a grandma in Virginia, and grandparents in Michigan we really work on the 'getting to know' but we do the best we can.)

70. Play with cousins (Emi's cousins are in their mid-to-late 20's! While she does play with them when we are in Virginia, it's more like following them around and mooching food off them!)

71. Become attached to a wonderful preschool teacher and/or babysitter

72. Learn the name of our president (hahaha - actually working on this!)

73. Know the name of their town, state and country

74. Be familiar with a map of the world

75. Listen to music from many different ages and genres (Oh yes, much to Daddy's chagrin, Mama is exposing Emi to all kinds of {scary} music!)

76. Hear and learn words from a different language (Not surprising that we are working a bit on Mandarin, but right now just getting anything out of her is a good thing)

77. Learn the difference between trash and recycling

78. Grow their own vegetables

79. Learn to ride a bike (or try!)

80. Take a road trip (Check! Emi and I have done several of these, and we plan to continue this as I think it's great fun. Jeff isn't much of a car trip kind of guy, but he suffers through them, now and then.)

81. Draw a self-portrait

82. Slurp alphabet soup

83. Learn to twirl spaghetti on a fork

84. Pick apples

85. Star in a home movie

86. Learn a magic trick

87. Try different hair-dos

88. Practice writing letters

89. Practice counting to 100

90. Make up stories

91. Send a letter

92. Receive a letter (4/2009: Emi received her very first postcard last week, my parents are in Florida for April. She loves it!)

93. Ride on a merry-go-round (We did this when we were in Memphis (4/2008), but I am looking forward to do this again with Emi now that she's older {she doesn't remember it}. I think she'd love it!)

94. Give away toys and books to less fortunate children (We do this now, but she doesn't know it. The time will come, however, when she will!)

95. Learn the value of coins and bills

96. Keep a piggy bank

97. Try a musical instrument

98. Have a heartfelt wish granted

99. Have a heartfelt wish denied

100. Receive a million (make that a billion) heartfelt kisses and hugs from their parents!

*Considering the child is only 26 months, I think she's done pretty well. But what a fun list, I look forward to helping her check off more of these.

1 comment:

a Tonggu Momma said...

Love it! And I can't believe how much you have done in such a short period of time... our list when the Tongginator was two would be much more limited. Heh.