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Pre-K | May Activities

Month-by-Month Literacy Activities to Get Ready for Kindergarten!

Get your child ready for literacy in Kindergarten through simple everyday activities and play!

Kids can learn valuable skills through small, teachable moments during a normal day. This means no grueling work sessions with flash cards, buying expensive educational toys or completing tedious worksheets!

These free Pre-K reading activities for May can help your child get an early start on reading!

Awareness & Writing

Using sticky notes, have your child create a label for items throughout your home. The sticky notes don’t have to stay up forever, but for this will make a lasting impression on your child in learning the words, letters and sounds connected to everyday items. Have them write sticky note labels for “door”, “TV”, “table”, and so on. Help them spell the words so they can practice forming the letters and hearing the sounds.

Phonemic Awareness

We want to help our children hear the specific sounds in words that are spoken. One way to help our children become more phonetically aware is to play listening games with them. This only requires you to talk and listen!

  • Start by switching out beginning sounds in words. For example, tell them to say the word “sun” with you. Now, tell them to take away the “sss” sound and put a “fff” sound. “What word does it make now? Fun!”
  • Make it harder: Tell them a word, such as “cart”. Now ask them if you were to take away the last sound, “t”, what word would be left? Car!

Letter Knowledge

Letters: j, p

  • J, j is for jump, jelly beans, jiggle
    • Read Sheep in Jeep by Nancy Shaw
    • Use a jump rope to make letters on the ground. What letters can you make with a jump rope? (G, C, O)
    • Sing the ABC song while jumping rope (or just jumping). Can you sing the song and say every letter?
  •    P, p is for pig
    • Read: Piggies by Audrey Wood
    • Write using pompoms. Hold a pompom in your hand and write/trace the letter P and the other letters you know.


Help your child create a Mother’s Day card for Mom or Grandma by listing “The 5 Things I Love About You”. For their list they can simply write or copy one word, such as “hugs” or draw a picture for their ideas.

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