Tonight is the open house for the public magnet school where Jon and I are really hoping 4 year old C is able to get a spot in the upcoming fall 2012 kindergarten class. He and I will be there at the open house after we both get off work this evening – checking out the classrooms, as well as meeting teachers and other prospective parents.
And crossing our fingers…
I’ve blogged before about the options Jon and I have available when it comes to choosing where C will start school in the fall. Now, however, now we’ve totally ruled out private school of any kind because we really have to save every penny to pay for daughter J starting college the year C starts first grade. Thus, our options have shrunk. At this point, the public magnet school we plan to visit tonight seems like it will be the top contender. But no matter how much we may hope our soon-to-be kindergartener ends up at this particular school, it’s definitely not a given.
The application process for the single public magnet elementary school in our city is based on one part luck (a lottery drawing for spaces among transfer applications), and one part kindergarten readiness (if C gets one of the lottery-drawing spaces, she will then take an entrance test). And since I hope that she will get a chance to take this entrance test, I’ve been thinking more about her kindergarten readiness lately. As it happens, she herself has also been showing a great deal of interest lately in learning to read and do simple math. Now, when I read to her, she often asks me to instead teach HER to read, so she can do it herself.
When C’s three older siblings were her age, we had various get-ready-for-kindergarten CD-Roms for them to play with (yes, they are that much older than she is. In fact, we ordered up these educational CD-Roms by covered wagon delivery, and I paid in eggs and butter when they arrived…). Obviously, however, that’s not how little kids access technology now. My preschooler – like many – is all about the iPad. She looooooves playing games and watching movies on my iPad.
Because we are trying to help her get ready for maybe taking the magnet school entrance exam test, and just ready for kindergarten in general, and also because she’s actively requesting to learn new k-garten skills, I’ve spent some time in recent weeks researching and trying out some iPad apps designed specifically for kindergarten readiness skill-building.
I was pleasantly surprised by how many really great and relatively affordable (compared to what those CD-Roms cost back in the day) iPad apps there are for pre-k and kindergarten age kids to work on reading and math skills. In fact, there are so many that it was hard to sort through the clutter and find a few really good ones. But now I think I have found a selection of the best of the best, and I thought I’d share with those of you who may also have an iPad in the household, along with a 3-to-6 year kid who likes using it.
So here’s my list of recommended apps….
A C-Tested, Katie-Approved Round-Up of 6 Awesome iPad Apps for Boosting
Kindergarten Readiness Skills (Below)
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