Fourth of July Fun

The Fourth of July is right around the corner, which means that summer is in full swing.  Whether your child is in a scheduled summer program or enjoying some free time at home, these longer days without the stress of school can be wonderful.  As a kindergarten teacher, though, I was always concerned about the skills children lost when away from the school environment for more than a few weeks.  To keep skills sharp and engage your child with some fun activities, I wholeheartedly recommend introducing the following twenty-one Fourth of July worksheets with the fourth of July theme.

Fourth of July worksheets

The language arts worksheets provide practice with a number of skills.  Picture tracing exercises fine motor muscles and the word tracing sheet adds words to your child’s sight word vocabulary.  Additional sight words can be learned with the sight word pages as well.

Auditory discrimination skills are honed with several different worksheets.  The directional words and listening to clues sheets ask your child to correctly interpret your spoken directions.  The syllables worksheets require your child to identify the number of syllables in a word.  For this worksheet, ask your child to identify the picture by naming it aloud.  You can then repeat the word slowly, giving your child a chance to hear the word again.  He may say the word aloud as he claps on each syllable before marking the worksheet page.

The next set of eleven Fourth of July math worksheets provides opportunities to practice math skills. 

Fourth of July math worksheets

When completing the counting sheets, it is helpful for children to mark each picture that they count with a pencil to avoid counting a picture twice.  When introducing the graphing sheets, start with the pictograph sheet, as it gives children the chance to paste pictures in the appropriate column before counting or comparing the amounts.  When completing the bar graph page, ask your child to place an x on a picture and then color in one box to represent that picture.  The polling pages allow children to create their own individual graph by collecting and marking answers to the polling questions.

The classifying page can be completed in several ways, so you may wish to make multiple copies of this worksheet.  Ask your child to name the identifying feature for each box and place his pictures in the box before pasting.  For example, your child may choose to identify foods in one box and non-food pictures in the second box.  Perhaps he will want to put all red pictures in one box and all pictures without red in the second box.  Or maybe the two striped pictures will be in a box and all others will be in the second box.  Challenge your child to classify the pictures in more than one way.

There are several worksheets that require cutting.  While cutting practice is always a good idea, having recognizable pictures is the goal here.  So if your child’s cutting skills are still developing, consider cutting the pictures out before introducing the worksheet to avoid frustration.

I hope that your and your family are having a terrific summer and a wonderful fourth of July.  Enjoy these worksheets with your child and consider spending additional time each week with other fun worksheets so that your child starts his new school year with sharp skills.


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