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!!!
Learning to read is HARD! If you are reading this, do you remember a time that you could not read? Most likely not. Nor do you probably remember the process it took to learn to read. First you had to learn your letters, then the sounds the letters make, then putting the sounds together to make the word then…then…then… Whew! Learning to go from left to right is a very important part of the process too, especially in the English language … and all before you may have known your left from your right. At Square Roots Preschool, we incorporate left to right progression (pre-reading) into math! We practice one-to-one correspondence daily during Circle Time. While counting, the children practice moving from left to right with their eyes and finger as they do one-to-one correspondence. When they start reading, their eyes and brain all already trained to move in that left to right progression making learning to read so much easier
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!
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?!