We had so much fun during our first week of school! Let’s see what we did this week…
✓ Colored in a box
✓ Made necklaces with circles
✓ Transferred red items with tongs
✓ Explored lentils and apples in our sensory bin
✓ Did a science experiment
✓ Learned to recognize our names
✓ Learned the months, days, color red and the shape circle
✓ Counted to 10
✓ Did some basic adding and subtracting
✓ Learned some Spanish
✓ Learned the letter “Aa”
✓ Listened to letter sounds
✓ Read books
✓ Played outside
✓ Made alligators
✓ Made paper airplanes and flew them
Whew! No wonder Ms. Taryn is tired!!! See you next week 🙂
Encouraging children to share information about familiar objects helps them to organize thoughts, use vocabulary, and tell a story. Show your child a familiar item, such as a spoon, a pillow or a cup and have her describe it to you. Ask her what you should do with it. Then ask her to think of some other way to use it. Try an unfamiliar item and see what she comes up with!
Saying difficult or challenging sentences helps children develop stronger oral language skills and the ability to discriminate between sounds. Try saying tongue twisters together. Point out all the similar beginning sounds and the letter that makes that sound. Try, “She sells seashells by the seashore.” Or “Big blue buses breezing by.”
Oral language development in young children is fundamental to learning to read. And it never stops! Increasing vocabulary should be an ongoing adventure!
This is an activity to not only help to aid in language development but also help you to see the world through your child’s eyes. Using this catchy rhyme, ask him, “Child’s name, Child’s name, what do you see?” Have him answer; “I see a __________ looking at me.” The “________” can be anything your child sees; a chair, a book, a tree. Then ask him to tell you a brief story about what he sees.
As a variation, you can use words too! Use a word that your child is familiar with and ask him to tell you a story using that word. We personally do this with my son and sight words. In kindergarten, he was zooming through 3rd and 4th grade sight words so we started having him tell a story using each word in his sight word list. These stories were very entertaining! Which brings me to…
Record your child telling these stories, they will be forever keepsakes! And what child doesn’t like to watch himself!!