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!
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.