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!!!
At Square Roots Preschool, we know that children learn in all different ways so when we are introducing new sight words we explore them in all different ways. Here the children are spelling the sight words “we” and “can” using manipulatives…some tried it by copying the word as they looked at it, some tried it from memory and some tried it by using letter sounds. Ms. Taryn loves that they got to hear, see AND feel the letters that make up the sight words!
What do preschoolers need to learn to write? OPPORTUNITIES!!! At Square Roots Preschool, we give children the opportunity to “write” all throughout class time. Just a few examples are… each child has the opportunity to sign-in for the day, open art activities along with the opportunity to sign their name to their artwork, working in our writing center and my personal favorite, free-writing letter practice
Children LOVE to do what Mommy and Daddy do! They are also more likely to explore new writing activities if it is something they see someone else do all the time. At Square Roots Preschool, the children “sign in” each day just like the parents do! This simple activity has so much learning going on…it is one of my favorites:) The children learn letter and name recognition, how to hold a pencil (or marker), left-to-right progression all while developing hand and wrist strength, hand-eye coordination and how to control the pencil (or marker). And how fun to see their progression through out the year!!! This 3 year old’s progress is amazing!
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!