every child is greeted by name from me and each child.
We read stories about friendship, sharing, taking turns, rhyming, ABCs, holidays, social stories (going to the dentist, doctor, etc).
Of course we read the classics too!
1. ABC Chart- we sing the ABCs and practice each letter sound
2. We practice letter sounds with Letter Tubs. The tubs have items that all start with the letter we are practicing that week (A-apple, alligator, ant, anchor, acorn, arrow)
3. Rhyming games, animal cards, and movement activities
*Head, Shoulders, etc *Choo-Choo
*Wheels on the Bus *Im a Little Teapot
*Old McDonald *I had a Turtle
*Ring Around the Rosy *Monkeys swining from the tree
*Five Little Speckled Frogs *Row, Row, Row Your Boat
*Itsy Bitsy Spider *Tick Tock
*Monkeys Jumping on the Bed *And more!
1. Poem Chart- We dance to a Letter of the Week song. Then a chart has a poem with words that begin with that certain letter. The children help me find words that begin with that letter
2. ABC Binder- the children make two art projects a week to put in their binders
1.Capital Letter- cut out the letter and create it so it looks like an animal that has the starting letter sound.
2. Lowercase Letter- the children color or paint the letter and then cut it out and glue it on another piece of paper
3. Salt Trays
Each child has a salt tray tracing and writing the letter
4. Letter Tubs
The children have time to take out two letter tubs and sort the items by letter sound. For example, they have the letter tubs A & B. They would take all of the items out of the tubs, mix the up, and then sort them by beginning letter sound. Similar to circle time but with the added component of sorting.
All children three and older have a letter workbook, Handwriting Without Tears.
The children learn to write their names in a few steps:
1. Practice spelling their names aloud
2.Trace with paint, crayons and markers.
3. Form the letters on the salt tray
4. Write the letters with crayons on paper
WE MAKE MESSES!!!!
1. Holiday crafts
2. Painting with various items: cars, dinosaurs. etc
4. Drawing on tables with pudding, flour, cool whip
Baking and creating treats
The children help me find ingredients and follow the steps to make yummy treats
Tell them about some of the other activities you have planned.
1. Leveled Reaing Books
I use beginner reader books. These books offer repetition and practice high frequency words. We reread the same book several times and then send it home to read and practice with family
2. High Frequency Words
We practice reading and writing high frequency words. I follow a list that starts with the easiest words to learn and build from there.
Word Family Practice
I make word cards that have rhyming words to help build confidence and success with rhyming words.
I use CVC (consonant, vowel, consent) picture cards and we practice segmenting the words into separate sounds, then blend the word back together. We practice this by sounding out words on our arms or with picture boxes.
Writing Letter & Words
Once children can write letters independently, then we practice spelling words taught with the various activities listed above.
1. Fire Safety
We painted a box with red and orange paint. We use this as our pretend fire to practice escape routes. For example, we put the box in the kitchen and then practice leaving through the front or side door. We bring the emergency bag along with us.
2. Tornado Drills
We practice going downstairs and into the hallway behind the stairs in case of an emergency. We bring our emergency bag along.
3. Emergency Situations
I We practice calling 911 on the phone in the event that I would be hot and need help.