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Literacy

Sensory Paint Bags

This is such a simple activity that takes all of 10 minutes to make and the kids will just love!  All you do is take some ziplock bags, put a little paint inside and use duck tape on the top.  Give the kids a Q-tip and let them draw, write letters, numbers, shapes, let their imaginations go wild.

This is a great wait to target writing skills without using paper and pencils.

Dr. Suess Week…Day 1

It’s Dr. Seuss week so this week is filled with fun and imagination.  The books we plan on reading this week are The Cat in the Hat, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish, Green Eggs and Ham and The Foot Book.  So far, the kids are having a great time listening for all the rhyming words in these great stories.  The kids have had so much fun with the activities we have been doing that we haven’t had time to finish all that we planned.  We anticipated this though and made Friday our Dr. Seuss’s brithday party day with all the leftover activities from the week.

Back to Monday…

We had a great time during centers:

One center had Dr. Seuss hat patterning. 

We set out laminated red hats and laminated strips of paper.  Some kids were thrown off by the fact there were other colors besides just red and white while others used all the colors in their patterns.

For literacy, we worked on the letter “C”.  We turned this into a literacy/fine motor activity as the children cut red strips of paper and glued them onto… Continue reading

Letter Roads-Pre-Writing Activity

This was a really fun idea, I believe we got it from Pinterest.  It’s very simple, you take black posterboard and cut in the shape of letters.  Each poster board will give you 1-2 letters, depending on the way each letter fits.  We used small white labels as the dashers and covered with contact paper.  We loved how the kids took the letters and formed longer roads.

Some of the older kids were able to tell that they were letters right away and loved the fact that they were driving on them.  Our younger kiddos drove on the roads, not realizing that they were letters.  Either way, this is a great pre-writing activity.

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Activities

I just love The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  My son’s first preschool teacher gave it to him for preschool so he just loved having me read it to him over and over again.  This a great story to read during a winter or snow theme.  Homeschool Creations has a printable packet to go along with The Snowy Day.  You can find it here.  There are pages that can be printed and laminated to be used in games while others are quite ‘worksheety’.  Margaret and I try not to use many worksheets in our class.  We have found that our kids REALLY like to use dry erase markers, so we will at times laminate worksheets so kids can use them with dry erase markers or crayons.

How do you avoid using worksheets?

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