Reading and Writing Readiness

The 4 R’s: reading, writing, arithmetic, and rainbows

Exploring the “4 R’s” in our preschool classroom as we had fun with rainbow reading, rainbow writing, and rainbow arithmetic!

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Paint and write boards for preschoolers

A fun and creative tool for promoting writing skills in preschool!

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The tools we write with in preschool

Use a variety of tools to help children build their writing skills!

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Mini-plexiglass easels for the preschool classroom

Mini-Plexiglass Easels are a terrific tool for inviting young children to color and write!

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Writing the letter of the week

Each week, when a new letter is introduced, the teacher invites each child to come up and try to print the letter on the dry erase board. The teacher begins by printing a capital and lower case letter on the board first – she identifies each letter as she is writing them for the children […]

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Parent involvement in early literacy is the key to academic success

Parent involvement in early literacy is the key to academic success by Dr. Erika Burton of Stepping Stones Together Early childhood education sets the stage for future academic achievement. Whether you choose a pre-school setting, home school your child, or a combination of both exposure and parent modeling of literacy skills before, during and after the […]

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Messing around with the color brown in preschool

As part of our color review week, the children tried out a little brown finger painting but instead of using brown paint, they used chocolate pudding. After mixing up a bowl of chocolate pudding, they dipped their fingers in the pudding and began making brown pudding prints on a piece of paper… To this point […]

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Weekly Reader in preschool

For as far back as I can remember, we have been subscribing to the Weekly Reader. This is a simple four page newspaper for kids that focuses on specific topics in each issue. In this pre-k classroom the Weekly Reader topic for the day is on Fall Fruit.  I want to share with you the […]

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Rainbow tracing in preschool

Rainbow tracing is a simple technique for helping children work on their fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and beginning writing skills. The technique is fairly simple. You give each child at least three different colors of crayons and a shape, number or letter to trace. The children begin by tracing the shape with their finger. […]

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Learning to recognize our names all day long

Young children can learn to master their names with a “name-rich” environment.

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We made our family apple tree in kindergarten

This was the first week in Kindergarten so I wanted to drop in and welcome the new group. Of course, most of the children I already know but it was fun to see how much they have grown and quite amazing to see that they will be the new big kids on the block. During […]

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Getting started on creating a print rich environment in your preschool classroom

Simple ideas you can do to create a print rich environment in your preschool classroom.

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My name book: A preschool printable

Each school year, I like to create a name book for my preschool students to use. I put them together with all kinds of materials but to simplify things for my readers, I created this little name book template. In advance I create a book for each child. The number of letters each child has […]

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Dry-erase board activities for preschool

A dry erase board and dry erase markers lend themselves to some great guided learning activities as well as the opportunity to color and create… Gather your materials… I like these dry erase markers because the eraser is on one end and the marker is at the other end… This is a dry erase sentence […]

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Preschoolers can make their own lines in preschool

A focus on coloring within the lines will not lead towards creative expression, imagination, and the ability to think outside of the lines!

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Make a ladybug book with your preschoolers

With spring coming there are so many wonderful bugs that can be explored. I love to bring in books about bugs and one of my favorites is Eric Carle’s “The Grouchy Ladybug” book. I also love to have my students create their own ladybug book.  Each child is given a red construction paper circle that […]

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