Reading and Writing Readiness

Bright and colorful home made puzzles and games

Did you know that you have all the supplies you need to make bright and colorful games and puzzles for your preschoolers right in your own kitchen? Here are some ideas for you to try… Puzzles Don’t throw away the panels of your cereal boxes! Turn them into puzzles. Laminate them before cutting apart for […]

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Name graphs for young children

Help preschoolers learn to recognize their names with these graphing activities. The activity you choose to use will depend on the age and readiness of your students. When participating in any type of graphing activity, always make sure your students are involved in the process and once the graph is completed, ask the children questions […]

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Name sensory for young children

Create a name sensory card for each of the children in your class and then try the activities described below! What the teacher will do… Print each child’s name on a sentence strip using upper and lower case letters. Trace each letter of the name with a thick line of glue. Set aside to dry. […]

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Create a name game for your preschoolers

Some names are long and some are short. Play this little concentration game to help your preschoolers recognize their own name and the names of their classmates. To prepared the game… Print each child’s name (upper and lower case) on a two separate sentence strips. Cut one name apart leaving one letter of each child’s […]

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Create a name puzzle for your preschooler

Help your preschoolers recognize the letters in their name with this little puzzle activity. Write each child’s name on a sentence strip using upper and lower case letters. Write each child’s name on a sheet of construction paper and add a rectangle with the same number of columns under the child’s name. Create a second […]

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Take time for a little name printing practice

These are just a few activities I have used to teach or provide some practice in name writing skills… Laminate a name card for children to view and reference as they print their name throughout the day without having to constantly ask the teacher for help… Provide a variety of name printing activities throughout the […]

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Books and technology in the preschool classroom

I recently read a blog article posted by my new friend Matt at “Look at my Happy Rainbow” titled “Pop Up.” Matt shared with his readers how much his Kindergarten age children still enjoy books – even Pop Up books. I was even kind of surprised at this and then he showed a picture of […]

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All children are writers: we just need to show them how!

A guest post by Melissa Taylor of Imagination Soup! What’s the first word a child learns to write? His or her name! Start with the name – add a picture and you have the makings of a letter to a friend. We know that kids love getting mail. Writing letters gives kids a gratifying purpose […]

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Providing preschoolers with structured and unstructured opportunities to write

Creating structured and unstructured opportunities to draw and write.

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Give preschoolers opportunties to write and color

Here are some ideas to consider when giving your preschool students opportunities to color or write. Offer Choices Provide your preschoolers with a variety of writing tools to choose from. Add crayons, markers, pencils, pens, colored pencils, and chalk of different sizes and shapes. Provide access to different types of paper as well such as […]

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Five reasons to encourage preschoolers to color

Set out a piece of paper and some crayons and see the growth and development that is taking place. Fine motor skills are being strenthened as preschoolers grasp the crayons and hold on tight enough to make the color show up on their paper.   Eye-hand coordination is challenged as preschoolers  learn to use the […]

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Reading Aloud to preschoolers

During the preschool years, preschoolers are developing life-long attitudes about the reading experience. A preschool teacher plays a major role in developing a joy for reading by creating the right reading experiences. For this reason, a preschool teacher should have a good grasp on how to best read-aloud to a group of preschool children. When […]

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