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Letter of the Week

Playing and Learning My ABCs:

Hands on Weekly lessons for PreK & Kindergarten

These lesson are intended to help introduce young learners to the world around them while having fun learning their ABCs. There are 26 lessons, one for each letter of the alphabet. Lessons are appropriate for Preschool, Prek, and Kindergarten - just make sure to add a math workbook and phonics program if you are using it as your sole Kindergarten curriculum. 

Each child develops at his or hers own pace. Although it is tempting to compare, please realize that each child learns at their own pace. Some children do 50 piece puzzles at age 3, but can’t put together a sentence. It usually works itself out. The purpose of these lessons is to help kids start to explore the world around them, realize learning is fun, and have a gentle introduction to their ABCs.

You can expect the weekly lessons to include:
  • Books - 5 different books for each week. Presenting materials in a variety of formats is important for developing a good understanding, appreciation, and rich vocabulary. I highly suggest reading each book several times over the course of the week – important for pre readers. You can choose to add a new book each day or just read them all various times over the course of the week.
  • Craft - There will be a weekly craft based on the theme. Crafts are not only fun, but important to strengthen their fine motor skills {necessary to write}.
  • Activities - I will always include an activity to allow these energetic learners to interact with the material. You will find lots of sensory exploration ideas as this stimulates different areas of their brain.
  • Math & Science - Integrated early math & science skills will be found throughout so your child can begin to grasp measurement and the scientific method. In your everyday interaction with your children try to count objects, use terms like greater than or fewer, allow them to help you measure as you cook, ask them to make a hypothesis of what will happen if they try something, etc. Children are naturally curious and eager learners!
  • Language ArtsChildren will be introduced to each letter of the alphabet. I suggest doing extra practice with preschoolers such as Uppercase Alphabet Color & Trace Sheets or preschool packs. Have them right their name on everything they do to practice their name or if you need to write it for the toddlers it will help them begin to realize that it is their name. Point out letters when you are out and about, go on letter hunts, but most of all read at least 5 books a day. Providing a language rich environment is the key to their language, writing, and reading development.
  • Play - As I mentioned earlier, I believe children need lots of opportunities to play! By introducing new topics or ways of playing you can encourage their minds to grow and think critically. Make sure in this time you have set aside to be with your child so that you are playing too! I know many kids play well independently, and that’s important. But make sure you are enjoying the privilege you have of playing with your child during this fleeting moment in time.
  • Additional Activities - I know not all activities are good fits for every family. Your child is unique – that’s a good thing! These additional activities give you some choices or ways to expand your week if time allows.

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