At Square Roots Preschool, we believe the best way to learn beginning letter sounds is with a hands-on AND ears-on approach! We have been recognizing and listening to letter sounds all year so it was time to put those skills to work with this fun activity. What is the sweetest sound to most kids ears? THEIR NAME!!! So why not start with the beginning letter of their name This is also a great activity for building vocabulary and early analytical thinking. With all kinds of pictures on the table, the children got to pick out the pictures that also started with the letter sound of their first name. I can’t even explain the look of pride when they found one!!!
We all learn in different ways and touch is one of those…touching the textures, feeling the edges and corners, physically holding it in your hand. This is a very important way for preschoolers to learn! Why do you think they are always touching EVERYTHING?!?! This is how they explore their world and learn about it. With our play-based curriculum at Square Roots Preschool, we are very hands-on. Even during Circle Time while we are learning all about numbers. The children actually get to see and feel what a six is…feel the curves that they one day will write, THEY get to turn it around a make a nine. And now that we are in to working with double digits, they get to make that number…which number goes first, if they put the one in front it makes a “teen” but if they put a two in front it makes a “twenty”. They are creating these big numbers and recognizing them long before they have the complete hand strength and coordination to write them!
At Square Roots Preschool, we are learning and looking for shapes all the time! When we made tree ornaments, we got experiment with triangles. We made a triangle out of 3 sticks and then got to decorate them!
Working with shapes gives children the understanding of two-dimensional objects and foster learning in other areas as well. Shape recognition also helps with reading, writing and math…as letters and numbers are really just all different shapes and lines, right?!
This is why I love being a play-based preschool!!! At Square Roots Preschool, I will put out certain activities for the children to explore during Invitation to Play but often the children have their own idea of what they see the activity as. Here, a child decided the flowers were meant to be for sale rather than the math activity!
Children get excited about learning to write when they use writing or scribbling for a purpose. Have your child mark special events on the family calendar. When she receives a birthday invitation, let her make a mark on the correct date by drawing a picture or writing her name or the first letter of her name. She can cut out small pictures from magazines to glue on the calendar for birthday parties or holidays. Or she can even help with menu planning by placing stickers on the calendar to indicate favorite lunches or dinners; use pizza stickers for pizza night!