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!
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!
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 are encouraged to read when they make their own books! Help your child make a book of some of the chores she does at home by drawing pictures, cutting examples out of magazines, or taking photos. Paste the chores on paper and staple the pages together. Read the book to her and then have her read or tell the story to you.