Getting young children ready for preschool, kindergarten, and beyond is no little task. There are so many basic skills that kids need to have in order to succeed, and as a parent, it’s not always clear how to best help those skills develop. As the mom of a 5-year-old boy who’s getting ready to start kindergarten, I’m always looking for ways to boost his learning and keep him engaged with educational activities, instead of him turning to yet another cartoon.
So when I got the opportunity to check out Little Skill Seekers activity books, I was beyond game to use them with my son. This is a series of educational workbooks for kids ages 3 to 6 that focuses on the building blocks of early literacy and math skills. The books cover everything from counting and writing letters to matching, sorting, and letter sounds. Here’s what you can expect from some of the most popular workbooks, and how they helped my own kid prep for the school year ahead.
Master the Alphabet
The Little Skill Seekers: Alphabet book combines writing practice with fun matching and word games to help children develop important early literacy skills. I love that the book includes pages that focus on each individual letter of the alphabet, with sections for children to first trace the upper and lower case version of the letters, and then practice writing by themselves. There are also games in which kids pair lowercase letters with the uppercase equivalent. Sometimes I worry about whether or not my son can identify all of his lowercase letters, so these exercises were so helpful for us to do together.
As the book progresses, it asks kids to identify the first letter of simple words, like “panda” and “hippo.” The illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the games get kids thinking about what letters sound like and how words are formed. Little Skill Seekers: Alphabet really does provide the perfect mix of foundational skills and new challenges to get kids ready to succeed with early spelling, reading, and everything beyond.