Entering Kindergarten Literacy

Welcome to the Literacy Virtual Learning University page! We’re so glad you’re here! Below are some activities to challenge and keep you learning throughout the summer. If you are unable to complete the challenges below for any reason, feel free to adjust the activity to meet your learner's specific needs. Happy Learning!

Challenge 1: Get a Hold of a Good Book and READ!

Pick a book, or two or three, from the Summer Reading Suggestions. Visit the library to check out new books and read! Keep returning to the library all summer to read, read, and read some more!! You can keep a tally or list of the books you read throughout the summer.

Challenge 2: Sunshine Journal

Create a Gratitude Journal. Draw and label or write 1 thing each day of summer that you are thankful for and why. Share your gratitudes with a family member or friend, and ask them to share something they’re thankful for and why, too.

Challenge 3: Name that Series

Think of a favorite book series that you enjoy. Read a couple of the books in the series. If you don’t have a favorite series, consider Pete the Cat books, Elephant and Piggie books, or Eric Carle books. Talk about your favorite character or favorite part of the story. Consider making a puppet of one of the characters and act out the book.

Challenge 4: Chalk Talk

Grab some sidewalk chalk and head outside! Practice writing words you know, your name, your family’s names, and other words that make you smile. You could also draw a picture of something you see or love and label it.

Challenge 5: Playdough Magic

Make your very own playdough! Follow the recipe from this link. Write or tell someone about the steps you took to make the playdough (First, Next, Last). When your playdough is ready, use it to form letters or shapes and create something using your imagination!

Challenge 6: You’ve Got Mail

Write a letter or email to…

*a friend

*a relative

*your teacher

*someone of your choice

Ask a grown up to help you send it.

Challenge 7: Explore Your Local Libraries

Libraries are unique to the community around them. They try to create programing and activities that match the needs of the population they serve. Ask a grown up to take you to as many local libraries as you can to explore a variety of free activities. Consider attending a summer class or registering to participate in the summer reading program.

Local Libraries to visit:

Challenge 8: Nature Hunt

Find a quiet place outside. It could be an area as familiar as your backyard or as extravagant as a vacation setting. You can check out natural spaces such as parks or nature centers in your community. Draw and label a picture of something you see and use words to capture the different sounds you hear in nature.

Challenge 9: Words All Around Us

There are words all around us. As you drive or walk around, notice words on storefronts, restaurant signs, food labels, and street signs. Try finding an item on a menu that begins with the same letter as your name and ordering your own meal while out to dinner with your family.

Challenge 10: Curl Up With a Good Book

There are many creative ways to enjoy a book. Try some of these ideas:

  • flashlight reading in the dark
  • read to a stuffed animal or pet
  • read outside under a tree, in the sun, on a park bench or swing, etc.
  • read in a tent or homemade fort
  • read on a family trip
  • read an audiobook, here are a few to check out: Unite for Literacy, Storyline Online