Monday, May 9, 2016

Preschool Stay-Home Learning Part 1

This last year I chose to be a stay at home mom.  While my first year is coming to an end, I feel it went well.  One of the things I incorporated is learning about a letter a week.

Want to start teaching your little one, but don't have the tools?  You don't need special books or fancy teaching materials to help your little ones learn.  First of all your little pre-preschool tikes soak up EVERYTHING!  So in other words anything you are doing or talking about they pick up on.

I take 15-20 minutes each day to sit down and teach my toddler about her alphabet and numbers.  It only cost me, a cookie sheet, a pack of magnetic letters/numbers, some paper and crayons.   

This week's letter was Xx.  We talked about x-rays, xylophones and x-ray tetra fish.

What you need: 

cookie sheet (or anything you have that's magnetic)
magnetic letters

Here's what we do:

I focus on 1 letter 3 days a week and 1 number once a week.

Letter Schedule: 

1st: Practice writing the letter.  (Multiple dotted letters to trace.)
2nd: Color pictures of items that start with the letter.
3rd: I use the magnetic letters and cookie sheet to show words that start with the letter.  I try to focus on 4-5 words max.
4th: Hide and seek letter.  This is by far their favorite part.  I take the letters of the week, 1 capital and 1 lowercase and then add a bunch of other letters to the magentic board. Then they take turns finding the letter of the week.
5th: I read a book and we point out words that start with our letter.  I try to find words that match the words we talked about, but that doesn't always happen.   I've also had them hold up the letter everytime we say a word with that letter, but we don't always get that done.
6th: The rest of the day if something comes up that starts with the letter of the week I point it out.  Grass for G, snow for S, C for Christmas and so on. 

Number Schedule: 

1st: Practice writing the number
2nd: Color pictures that have the certain amount on it.
3rd: Point out things during our day that have that amount.

It isn't a lot, but again any little bit is great for your pre-preschooler.  What are some ways you teach your littles at home? 

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  1. Such great ideas! I've started introducing letters to Norah, but obviously she doesn't get it yet, but will want to provide exposure! Can't wait to try some of your ideas as she gets older!