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!!!
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!
Ordering objects helps children understand that numbers have a specific order and that each number is “one more.” Give your child some everyday items to arrange in size from smallest to largest. Try stuffed animals, books, or blocks. You can also introduce the concept of length too, and let your child arrange objects, such as pieces of yarn or pencils, in order from shortest to longest!