Simple and fun alphabet review in preschool

All through the school year, we spend time exploring letters of the alphabet through different kinds of fun, hands-on, and interesting ideas. The goal is to keep the process of exploring letters and letter sound fun, meaningful, and simple.  This week we had fun with this simple alphabet review using the book titled, “the alphabet tree” by Leo Lionni.

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

I would say that this book is an excellent choice for children who are prekindergarten or kindergarten age but I have a mixed age group of children ages three and above. To make the book fun for my mixed age group, I simply modified the reading of the end of the book and it worked out nicely…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

The book begins with leaves growing on trees and letters attaching themselves to the leaves.  Soon, the wind blows all the leaves off the trees and the letters begin to scatter about. The letters soon learn that they are stronger when they work together to make words or even sentences (which is where I did some simplifying in my reading of the book) and can stand up to even a strong gust of wind…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

It has been incredibly windy here where we live and all the leaves have been falling off the trees in bulk. My students have loved spending as much time as possible outdoors exploring all the leaves and watching the wind blow them off of the trees. This book went along nicely with all of our time outdoors exploring leaves and wind and added a fun way to explore letters too…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

After reading “the alphabet tree” we took a few minutes to retell the story with the use of my quickly drawn alphabet tree on a dry erase board….

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Just as the letters in our book attached themselves to a leaf, I had letters come along and attach themselves to my tree too. As I added letters, the children shouted out the name of each letter…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

And then along came small gusts of wind that blew the letters off of our tree just like in the book…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Each of the children took a turn choosing a letter to blow off of our tree and as they blew the letter, I would say the name of the letter they chose and wipe it off the board – “Oh No, The letter ____ blew away!”…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

After the children took a turn being the wind, they were off to make their own alphabet trees using crayons, paper, and ink pads with alphabet ink stamps…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Because I had drawn a simple alphabet tree as part of our story telling time, the children understood easily how to make their own version of a simple alphabet tree…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

The children drew branches and leaves….

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

Then began stamping on letters to create their alphabet trees…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

We set out both upper and lowercase letter ink stamps for the children to explore…

Simple and Fun Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

A super simple and fun way to review the alphabet and a great way to extend our outdoor experiences with wind and leaves into the storytelling and creative process of creating our very own alphabet trees…

Fun and Simple Alphabet Review by Teach Preschool

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By | November 14th, 2014|Categories: Children's Books|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

ABC’s & 123’s: Fun Friday feature

How do you teach a child his ABC’s and 123’s?  Well, that is the very question we asked our fellow bloggers last week.  They linked up some of their best posts to our Discover & Explore linky, sharing some wonderful ideas for teaching letters and numbers.    Here are a few of our favorites:

Discover and Explore

Little Bins for Little Hands shared this bright, hands-on Preschool Numbers and Colors Grid Game

Preschool Numbers & Colors Grid Game

Pre-Kinders shared a fantastic round up of Alphabet Letter Identification Activities

Alphabet Letter Identification Activities

Fun-a-day combined the alphabet with science in their Icy Fizzing Letters activity

Icy Fizzing Letters

Be sure to click on over to see what the other Discover & Explore co-hosts are sharing this week:

Shaunna from Fantastic Fun and Learning

Jackie from KC Edventures

Stephanie from Twodaloo

Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy

And the fun never stops as we continue Fun Friday over on the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  I invite you to come check out what our fellow bloggers are sharing this week!  To see what others are sharing, you must be viewing a desktop version of the Teach Preschool Facebook Page.  From the Teach Preschool Facebook Page, click the tab just below the header that says Highlights.  Then click on Posts by Others.  We will be sharing a few of our favorite posts on our wall throughout the day.

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I hope you have a fantastic Fun Friday!

 

 

By | August 30th, 2013|Categories: Around the Classroom|Tags: , , , |2 Comments

Yarning up letters!

We have been showing you different ways that we have been integrating basic concepts such as letters and numbers into our classroom centers. One more idea to add to the list is by making letters out of yarn…

Yarning up Letters by Teach Preschool

For this simple activity, we set out pieces of yarn, about 2 to 8 inches in length, and upper and lowercase letter cards.  Our children did this activity on felt boards, but it could also be done on a sticky board, sandpaper, or even a carpet square…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

The children began by choosing a letter to make out of yarn.  Some of the children chose to make the first letter of their name, while others picked a card from our stack of upper and lowercase letters…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

Once the children had decided on a letter to create, they pulled the different lengths of yarn from the basket to form their letters…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

If a piece of yarn wasn’t long enough for a child to complete their letter, they would simply add another piece of yarn to the one they were working with…

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

Yarn is a wonderful material to handle and manipulate for a little fine motor skill building and a great tactile experience too!

Yarn letters on the felt board by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

Y is for yarn in preschool by Teach Preschool

Easy touch and feel alphabet by No Time for Flashcards

Fun learning activities with laminated alphabet letters by Play Create Explore

 

By | April 11th, 2013|Categories: Language Arts, Letter Recognition|Tags: , , , , |4 Comments

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table

As part of our letter review, we made a simple alphabet letter matching game for the light table…

Matching upper and lower case letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

As you can see, we’ve been saving bottle caps around here for quite some time.  This games is a perfect way to reuse those lids!

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

To begin, you will need 26 small lids and 26 larger lids. We chose to use all white lids for this activity so they would be somewhat transparent on our light table.  Once you have collected all of your lids, write one lowercase letter of the alphabet on each of the small lids and write the uppercase letters on the larger lids…

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

To play the game, the children chose an uppercase letter lid and dropped on top of a lowercase letter lid…

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

Our students seemed to enjoy this game more when they were playing with a friend. There were lots of letters to hunt and find…

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

On this same day, we  happened to have all of the letters displayed on our magnetic board.  This proved to be very helpful for the children who needed a bit of assistance in finding their letter matches.  The children were able to refer to the magnetic board to see what letter pairs went together…

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

Reviewing letters on the light table was a great way to use up all of those lids we’ve been saving…

Matching upper and lowercase letters on the light table by Teach Preschool

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Links to grow on:

Alphabet kitchen for toddler play by Teach Preschool

DIY alphabet learning activity by For the Love of Learning

Alphabet rocks–heat embossed by Thrive 360 Living

 

By | April 10th, 2013|Categories: Light Table|Tags: , , , , , , |5 Comments