I got such great feedback from my June math calendar that I decided to make one for July that gets them working on their reading and writing skills. I went ahead and did it since I am scheduled to have the baby on the 24th. Ashlyn has really enjoyed the math activities we have been doing. I gave her a spiral notebook she calls her “Math Journal” and she does each daily activity in there. Once she completes one, she puts a sticker on her chart.
I plan on doing the same thing with the July calendar. I choose activities that she would enjoy and some might not be available for everyone. Feel free to modify it (here’s the word file) to whatever works for you and your child.
Get more ideas like this over at Homeschool Creations.
Ashlyn has been sick for a couple of days now and I am going stir crazy having to stay in the house. So last night after the girls went to bed I decided to plan another themed day. They loved the camping day I did last summer so today is Ocean Day at our house. It doesn’t compare to the camping unit because I am 9 months pregnant and only thought of this at 9:00 at night. But I think it will be fun. Here is what they are doing:
- We started outside to beat the heat with a sink or float center. I gave them some items in a beach bucket to test. They had to predict before what it would do before putting it in. Then they had to record what happened by drawing a picture under sink or float.
- Next we headed back inside to do a little reading on the “beach”. I put a beach towel down with some chairs. I put a bucket of beach and ocean themed books in a bucket for them to choose from. Then I added sunglasses, pool toys, and hats to pretend with.
- After reading, the girls went to a pocket chart/word making center. I found a cute pocket chart rhyme and then put two white boards out and some letter tiles. They could read the rhyme and change what animal swam by them. Then the other person could either write it on the board (which they love to do) or spell the animal with the tiles. They took turns and stayed at this center longer than I thought they would.
- Movie Center– Ashlyn’s fever started to go up again so I let them watch Finding Nemo. As the movie went on her fever continued to climb so we will have to finish the rest of the activities another day. Here is what else I had planned.
- Discovery Table– I had a water table set up with lots of mermaids in it. They love playing with these in the bathtub.
- Math- Shell Sorting– I had tons of shells set up for them to sort through. They love looking at all the different shells and telling me how they are the same.
- Reading/Art-Then I was going to read them Mister Seahorse and have them paint a seahorse with sponges. Once they dried we were going to use q-tips to paint dots on him.
Hopefully my girl will feel better soon!
Check out some of the Ocean Themed posts at Along the Way, including 3 Ocean-themed weeks. There are lots of great pictures and lessons on the alphabet, shapes, counting, and art.
Go to Homeschool Creations to see more Preschool activities.
The other day for room time, I had Emily sort some words into different word families. We worked on ig, at, an, and it words. She sorted them all and then got her pointer out and practiced reading them all. It was so cute! Learning word families are so important for beginning readers.
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Here is a great post about early literacy. Parents ask me all the time what I do with my girls to promote learning throughout my day. Most of the time, my girls have no idea that they are learning because I incorporate it in our everyday activities. We play a lot of games to make it fun. I couldn’t agree more that parents are the child’s first and most important teacher.
I actually won this game at a white elephant/raffle Christmas party but have never actually played it. At least not the way they probably intended it to be played. I have been using it for so many other fun activities with my girls.
With Ashlyn, who is 6, I have been giving her spelling tests and letting her make the words instead of write them. We work on this each week and I wanted to switch things up a bit from the old school pencil and paper. She liked it! I also do making words activities with her. I used to do this daily with my 1st graders when I taught in the public schools.
Yesterday we were talking about the rule about dropping the e and adding ing to a word. I had her use the letter tiles and make the word take. Then I asked her to turn it into taking. She of course kept the e so I taught her the little rhyme. Making words activities teaches tons of great phonics skills. It gives kids the chance to manipulate the letters to see how letter sounds and rhyming go together to make words. After doing ing words I asked her to make the word night. Then I had her change it to light, sight, fight, flight, and then sigh. It really helps her recognize the patterns that many words have.
With Emil, who is 3, I have her spell out her sight words by copying them from a list that I make her. Then I have her find those words in a book that I have just read to her. Many kids know sight words in isolation but have a harder time reading them in a sentence. This activity helps with that.