I am giving thanks that I am in HAWAII!!! I can’t believe it; it is beautiful and breath-taking. My husband would be baffled to know that I am online today haha, but when you have been awake since 4 am with a 6 month old who hasn’t adjusted to the timezone change, unplanned things happen. But I can assure you I won’t be back online to post again until Monday, when I am home from vacation 🙂
Depending on your timezone, you have probably already eaten your Thanksgiving lunch, but I am just now eating breakfast; maybe you can do some of my activity ideas after your nap 🙂
1. Count your blessings.
2. Count the place settings.
3. See how many circles and squares you can count on your dinner table. (plates, the table, napkins, etc.) Make a tally of each and figure out which has more.
1. Let your child help make name plates
2. Make a list of all the things your child ate/tasted at lunch.
1. Read them your list -from the writing idea (#1), pointing to the items on the list as you read aloud. This gives meaning to the print, introduces a list which is something we will talk about in a future post, and if you sound out the first sound in each word right before you read the word it can be a phonemic awareness activity which just means that it gives children awareness that letters have sounds. So read your list like this: “/t//t/ turkey”, /r//r/ rolls,” etc. When you see a letter in // it means to say the letter’s sound.
There is no way to know how long teachers have been using play dough or modeling clay as a means to teach their students to form letters. It is fun, practical, and it teaches children to form letters in a hands-on, meangingful way. IF they can form it, they can write it….once they get the motor skills down.
So my writing activity for today is to 1) Write the letters you want your child to practice onto cardstock with a highlighter or yellow marker. 2) Let your child trace over the letter you made (starting at the top) with a pen or other writing tool and then help them form the clay. If it is the letter A, for example, as you write the letter you might say “I am going to make the letter ‘A’. It is a tall letter so I am going to start at the very top and slide down the slide this way (to the left) then do it again because that was fun! Slide down this way (to the right) and then climb across the monkey bars in between. Your turn!” 3) Start working with the clay/play dough. When you are forming the clay you might roll it out like a snake and begin to make the pieces of the play dough to cover the letter. While you form the dough you might say something like, “Okay let’s make the slides, and then the monkey bars for the letter ‘A’ so we can pretend to slide down again”.
Like my recent post “Do your know your ABC’s” said “Always Be Creative;” when you are making up how to form the letters, think about what it reminds you of or ask your child what it reminds them of.
If you want to use your kitchen roller to roll out the play dough, why not? Have a ball.
You could spend hours upon hours trying to find alphabet activities online, but really? I mean, I get overwhelmed with the oversupply of ideas and end up forgetting all of the great ideas I have seen.
Reality is that kiddos need to learn their ABC’s back and forth, inside and out; it’s seemingly simplistic but when it comes down to it the key is Reinforcement.
For starters, there are great Alphabet books you need to read to them…”Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” is great for learning letters, lower and upper case; point to each letter as you read about it. Click here to order from amazon: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Additionally, go to the Library and check out some other ABC books; children love hearing books over and over because they become familiar with them and feel so confident.
To teach your child each letter of the alphabet, I recommend introducing the letters in their name first, and then working with the other letters one letter at a time.
1. Print the letters of the alphabet attachment and make a book by stapling it, hole-punching and putting it in a folder, or if you are fancy, have it bound. Go through some old magazines with your child and focus on one page of the Alphabet book at a time (I suggest one a day). Thrift stores sell magazines for about 15 cents if you don’t have any around your house.
2. For the first page, encourage your child to circle all the A’s and a’s they see in the magazine.
3. Cut them out for them (it is most likely a little too small for their motor control). While you are cutting, let your child glue each letter onto the alphabet page it belongs to.
This is a great way for your child to learn a letter and how it looks in several fonts and sizes.
ACCOMMODATION: If your child already knows their ABC’s you can do this same book by having your child cut out pictures of things that BEGIN with the letter SOUND. For example, cut out alligators, and apples to glue onto your Aa page.
Bonus: Make a Cover yourself. Come up with a title and help your child write their name next to “By:”
If you have had a chance to do any of the activities with your child, or if you plan on it, please TAKE PICTURES 🙂
With your consent, I would love to post some pictures of you and your child working on an activity, or a modification of the activity, on my visitors share page.
I added a resource to the post “Number Fun” because I figured not everyone knew how to use/download a new font. So, to make it easier on you, I made a PDF for you to print of the the numbers 1-10 in “Color Font” for the color rubbing activity.
I don’t plan on uploading activities on Saturdays and Sundays, but I did add a new page to the mix that is going to be a quick reference for activities. It is “Activity Archives”. I plan to upload all my activities to that page so they can all be found in one place. Feel free to print and share with others, but they are not to be reproduced for financial gain. Thanks!