Exploring the "4 R's" in our preschool classroom as we had fun with rainbow reading, rainbow writing, and rainbow arithmetic!
Mini-Plexiglass Easels are a terrific tool for inviting young children to color and write!
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 to see. Then each child comes up and takes a turn to print the letter. The children in this class [...]
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 preschool years is essential. Research A study conducted last spring in over 27 countries and over 20 years confirmed that [...]
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 I noticed that the children were treating this process much as they would any other finger painting process. The main [...]
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 method we tend to use when introducing Weekly Readers to our students but this is not to say it is [...]
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. Then the children use one color of crayon and trace the shape. Then the children use the second color to [...]
Young children can learn to master their names with a "name-rich" environment.
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 my visit, I had the chance to see how many skills they are already quite good at as they made [...]
Simple ideas you can do to create a print rich environment in your preschool classroom.