Going on an alphabet scavenger hunt in the kitchen can lead to all sorts of toddler play and learning!
Exploring upper and lower case letters with my preschoolers...
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After doing a little foil texture painting, tearing, and gluing - we played a little foil alphabet ball game.
As part of our morning greeting, we take a few short minutes to review the letters of the alphabet. When we review the letters of the alphabet, we sometimes sing the traditional alphabet song. Using the alphabet song helps the children remember the order of the letters. As an adult, I still use the alphabet song to remember the order of the letters. But most of the time we say the letters of the alphabet [...]
I have already shared how we integrate the letter of the week with a tactile experience but I wanted to take a minute to elaborate on what we did for the letter E. Trying to find something that the children could glue on the letter E that started with the sound of the letter E was a challenge. We could have went with eggshells but with so many allergies, we opted for elbow macaroni :-) [...]
To integrate the letter of the week with a sensory experience the children glue or paint something on each letter. Presenting the Letter A! A tactile experience is integrated to reinforce the sound of the letter as well as the shape of the letter... Presenting the Letter B! We try to make sure that the objects we use to glue to each letter actually start with the sound [...]
Today the children explored letters with alphabet stamps and a book titled "The Alphabet Tree" by Leo Lionni This really was a very simple activity that included paper leaves, alphabet stamps, and ink pads. The teacher read the book to the children first and used this activity as a way to extend the concepts from the book into another learning opportunity. Many of the children stamped the letters of their name on leaves. It is [...]
The mailbox brought me a little package several months ago and inside was the Amazing Alphabet Action CD and Book written by Esther Kehl. Along with the book was a little note from Vanessa Kerr who asked me take a listen and see what I thought. Vanessa indicated in her little note that her child had really loved the material and that it made a big difference is his ability to say and sound out [...]