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Pre-School Activities

David can count to 10 out loud and he can recite his ABC’s. So now I’ve been working on teaching him to read letters and numbers. I thought I’d share some things we’ve been doing, and a few resources I found.

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I got the idea for this Ice Cream Cone Counting Chart from First School Preschool Activities and Crafts. I add a new scoop with each number that I introduce. It’s really simple, but David get excited every time we get to top off the cone with another scoop.

First-School has all kinds of free activities, craft ideas and printable worksheets and coloring pages. There’s something for just about any skill or topic you want to teach your pre-schooler. I’ve been using their alphabet coloring sheets to teach David his letters.

We also started memorizing the days of the week. I found several charts and printables to help with that at Easy Learning Activities. And Enchanted Learning has pages and pages of activities for teaching all aspects of time from days to months to clocks. All of these sites are free.

Since Martin Luther King Day is coming up on Monday David and I talked about that a little bit today too. Racial relations are kind of deep subject for a four-year-old. We looked at some pictures of King on line, and we talked about how God loves everyone and we treat everyone equally and with respect even if they are different from us in some way. I told him King tried to teach that to people. I wasn’t sure what kind of craft I could find to go along with that lesson. But I came across this printable to make a little Martin Luther King figure fat DLTK’s Crafts for Kids.

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My printer inconveniently decided to run out of ink this morning, so that’s why the poor man is covered in stripes.  I knew David wasn’t going to really sit and listen to the King’s I Have a Dream Speech, but I pulled up a video of it on the computer, and let it play in the background while we made the craft.

So there’s just a few things we’ve been doing around here. Do you have any good resources for pre-school activities on an idea of your own to share?

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3 Responses to Pre-School Activities

  1. Make sure he can say his ABC’s backward – really! Often kids will memorize them from the song, but not REALLY know them or understand they are different letters. (This was a tip told to me by my mother-in-law, who is a kindergarten teacher).

    When you are working on letter recognition, do both upper and lower case. Most kids learn only uppercase before school.

    You can also work on sight words: to, I, me, in, out, and and all the names of colors are all good words to start with. You can find easy sight word lists online. Sight words come later in kindergarten or early 1st grade but are a great aid in fluency.

    Here’s another kindergarten skill kids have trouble with: cutting with scissors. Let him practice, but don’t expect him to be too good yet. It take a certain degree of fine motor skill development which usually doesn’t mature until late kindergarten/1st grade.

    Mostly, spend time with him, expose him to different ideas, and be the fine mom that you already are! He is already way ahead because you have taken the time to work with and BE with him!

  2. This is from your Mom , the teacher. Great activities. The ice cream cone is a great multiple-intelligences activity.He is using visual, kinesthetic, (This word is spelled correctly. I looked it up in the dictionary. Spell check is wrong.) spatial, and mathematical intelligences when you do the ice cream cone. Sometimes he actually counts to 20 when he concentrates. You did a magnificent job of explaining Martin Luther King, Jr.

    I hope the weather cooperates for Friday.

  3. This is from another teacher in the family…the one on “vacation” in Australia . . . 🙂

    Anything you can do with manipulatives…”hands-on” activities will help tons with reinforcing the lesson. Don’t underestimate the power of the simple uncooked macaroni and pastas…or even different colored M&M’s for sorting and counting. The tactile connection is strong and will help him so much.

    Also, boys are slower at developing their fine motor skills, so encourage doing things with fingers…will make holding a pencil and tying shoes much easier in the future.

    Glad to hear he is doing so well!

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