At Square Roots Preschool, we believe in tackling a concept from a variety of angles. When this approach is used, the concept becomes more concrete in the mind of a preschooler.
We typically focus on studying one letter each week, and we try to make the theme of most of our activities that week about that letter. This past week, we studied the letter “H.” It is our goal that the students can recognize the letter and it’s sound, as well as identify words and objects that begin with the letter of focus. All children are given the opportunity to write the letter, as well. Some of the activities we worked on this week are described, below.
1. “H Hearts.” The students were given a traced outline of the capital H and were asked to decorate the outline with heart stickers. They can focus on the letter and the sound, as well as identify an object (heart) that begins with that letter. In peeling each sticker, they have the opportunity to work on their small motor skills. Preschoolers love decorating with stickers, so this activity was fun for our students.
2. “Writing the Letter H.” During circle time, our students have the opportunity to write our letter of focus on their white boards. The older students can typically write the letter independently, while the younger students may need a bit of assistance or may opt to draw a picture of something that begins with the letter we are working on. We couple this activity with working as a team to create a long list of things that begin with the letter “H.”
3. “Hula Hoop Fun.” During outdoor exploration time, we brought out the hula hoops! The sound of the letter “H” is reinforced in this activity, and the students had a chance to work on gross motor skills while burning off some energy. They had the opportunity to use the hula hoop in the traditional way or jump in and out of a circle on the ground, depending on their physical development.
4. “Hurricanes.” Our science study was all about hurricanes. We discussed hurricanes, watched a video about hurricanes, and got to create our own hurricanes. While reinforcing our letter of focus, we got to learn about something new, work on our pre-writing and writing skills, and work on our gluing skills. The students made predictions and learned about cause and effect.
These four activities are just a sample of the letter learning we did this week. By incorporating a variety of skills, subjects, and concepts centered around a single letter, we are able to reinforce letter recognition and letter sounds which are vital to reading and writing. The students are able to work as a team and individually in all sorts of ways, ensuring that we touch on each student’s learning style. In doing so, we build confidence and work on skills that need further development, all while having fun!