Beginning of the Year Activities: Back to School Kindergarten Worksheets

The beginning of the school year is the perfect time to get kindergarten students excited about learning. Here are some fun Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten to help make the transition a bit easier. These back to school worksheets are ideal kindergarten activities for first week of school. They cover essential kindergarten outcomes that will help your students learn basic skills such as letter recognition, number recognition, shapes, and colors. With these beginning of the year activities for kindergarten, your students will be prepared for the year ahead and have a lot of fun doing it!

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten Basic Skills

The beginning of the school year is a time for students to learn new skills. In kindergarten, students will work on skills such as writing their name, following directions, and fine motor skills such as cutting and gluing.

Letters in My Name Beginning of School Year Activity

One of the most important things for kindergarten students as they start the school year is learning how to write their name. In order to write their name correctly, students need to learn to identify the letters in their name and the correct formation of each letter.

Using the following back to school worksheet, students color the letters in their name and then practice writing their name on the handwriting lines.

Letters in my Name Kindergarten Worksheet for beginning of the school year

Gluing Practice – Just a Dot โ€ฆ Not a Lot

Glue can be a tricky thing for young children. It can be hard to get the right amount on the paper. Too much and it’s hard to move the paper around. Too little and it doesn’t stick. The key is to use just a dot of glue. A little goes a long way.

In the Just a Dot โ€ฆ Not a Lot worksheet, students practice using glue by putting a small amount of glue on each dot.

Beginning of the Year Just a Dot Gluing Practice School Worksheet for kindergarten students

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten Literacy

As the new school year begins, kindergarten students will be working on essential skills to prepare them for future success in school. One way to help children become familiar with beginning literacy skills is by using these back to school literacy worksheets. These printables can help students learn and review basic skills such as letter recognition, beginning sounds, rhyming words, and sight words.

Sorting Letters, Numbers, and Words

At the beginning of the school year, kindergarten students need to learn to distinguish between letters, numbers, and words. These worksheets are a fun way for them to practice this skill. The worksheets start with sorting letters and numbers, followed by sorting uppercase and lowercase letters. Finally, students practice sorting between letters and words, and real and nonsense words.

Beginning of the School Year basic kindergarten skills activities

Back to School Letter Recognition Activities

In kindergarten, children need to learn to identify letters of the alphabet by name and sound. They also learn to match letters with their corresponding sounds. The ability to identify letters and match them with their sounds is critical for learning to read.

The following collection of kindergarten worksheets help students learn to identify letters and practice letter formation.

Alphabet Charts for the Beginning of the Year
Trace the Alphabet Letter Worksheets
School Bus Alphabet Letter Matching Worksheets
Alphabet Letter Match Kindergarten Worksheets

Phonics – Beginning Sounds

These handy phonics worksheets will help your students learn letter sounds. They are perfect for teaching phonemic awareness and letter recognition, and are ideal for kindergarten students just starting school.

School themed beginning sounds activity

Phonemic Awareness – Rhyming Words

Phonemic awareness skills are important for reading success. Children who have strong phonemic awareness skills are more likely to be able to read unfamiliar words. Phonemic awareness skills can be improved by teaching children how to identify and say rhyming words.

This worksheet is designed to help children learn to identify rhyming words. For each row of backpacks, students color the pair of backpacks with rhyming pictures.

Rhyming pictures school backpacks worksheet

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten Sight Words

Sight words are an important part of reading and kindergarten students need lots of practice to learn these words. There are many different ways to teach sight words such as hands on centers, games, and worksheets. These sight word worksheets are easy to use and fun.

School bus sight word matching worksheet
Beginning of the year color by sight word activity for kindergarten students
Back to School Color Words Worksheet

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten Math

Math skills learned in kindergarten include number recognition, counting, basic addition and subtraction, and understanding basic shapes. This set of kindergarten math worksheets ia a great way to review these skills.

Beginning of the Year Number Worksheets for Kindergarten

Beginning of the Year Activities for Number Recognition and Counting

Number recognition is the ability to recognize numbers. Number recognition involves recognizing and remembering different numbers, counting, linking numbers with words, and comparing numbers. This set of number and counting worksheets help students recognise and write numbers 1-10, practice counting small groups of objects, practice reading number words, and compare numbers.

Beginning of the year Color by code counting activity for kindergarten students
Roll and Color Counting worksheet for  beginning of the school year
Roll and trace numbers 1 to 6 math worksheet for beginning of the school year
Spin and Trace a Number Worksheet
Back to School Ten Frames Activity
Beginning of the school year Counting Activities
Number Order from 1 to 10 math worksheet for kindergarten
Number Worksheets for Beginning of the School Year
Number Comparison activities for kindergarten students

Addition and Subtraction Math Worksheets

The goal of the Color by Addition and Color by Subtraction math worksheets is for students to be able to fluently add and subtract numbers within 5. For a hands-on activity, provide math counters to students to help them solve the addition and subtraction facts.

School themed beginning addition and subtraction worksheets

2D Shapes Worksheets

The 2D Shapes math worksheets help students learn to recognize basic shapes by tracing the shapes and by cutting and pasting the shapes to their matching outlines.

Tracing Shapes Kindergarten Worksheet
Cutting shapes kindergarten activity

School Measurement Worksheets

Measuring is an important skill for kindergarten students to learn. It helps them understand basic concepts like size and quantity. In Kindergarten, students learn how to measure items using non-standard units of measurement. This might include blocks, their fingers, or paperclips. The Back to School Units and School Measurements worksheets are perfect for helping students practice these skills.

Back to school non-standard measurement worksheets

School Patterns Activity

This school-themed patterns worksheets asks students to cut and paste the school objects that follow the ABAB pattern.

Back to School Patterns Activity

Beginning of the Year Activities for Kindergarten

These Beginning of the Year Activities are designed to help your kindergarten students learn and review essential beginning of the school year skills. They will also save you time during those busy first few weeks of the school year. These activities can be used for a variety of purposes from morning work to early finishers . Your kindergarten students will love these fun tasks, and you will love the meaningful activities that help your students learn essential math and literacy skills.

Lots more activities are included in the Back to School Activities for Kindergarten Bundle.

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The Back to School Math and Literacy Activities Bundle is filled with fun and engaging NO PREP math and literacy worksheets that are ideal for the beginning of the school year. The math and literacy activities target essential kindergarten skills and outcomes, and can be used for morning work, math and literacy centers, for early finishers, and distance learning.

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I hope you find these Back to School activities and printables helpful during the beginning of your school year!

Basia

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