Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Preschool Lesson Planning


I'm in the midst of planning for the girls' "school" lessons this spring & summer, to prepare them for real K3 Preschool this fall.

First off - I bought them each a 1" binder, pack of sheet protectors, crayons, crayon box, Do-A-Dot markers, and dry erase markers (thin tip).

I printed off a cutesy cover for their binders, with their names on them.

I used internet resources and other homeschooling blogs to find print outs and worksheets for the girls. (dot mazes, upper case crafts, lower case crafts, sample crafts, tot school printables)

I've used our die cut machine here at work to cut out alphabet letters to create crafts for each upper & lower case letter.

I've also found a book, song, and snack to go along with each alphabet letter.

I plan on "teaching" two or three days a week. I'll introduce the letter the first day with a worksheet & song. We'll practice tracing and writing the letters, making our crafts, and reading a book during the week. Basically, I want them to be able to recognize their letters. I feel a bit behind on this, but we've been just a little bit busy this past year!

If any of y'all have other resources or ideas, please feel free to point me in the right direction.

14 comments:

  1. There is a blog called "Play at home moms" that has a lot of great hands on ideas. Learning though doing. Doing activities that your girls most likely won't do at school, but will learn a lot from. Most pre-schools I have looked at do a letter a week, like you are planing to do.

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  2. You may want to consider not doing a "letter of the week". I am a literacy coach and research has been shown that teaching letters in isolation is not as beneficial as teaching them within words. For example, when a child sees "hat" instead of thinking "oh, that's an h and an a and a t", she should be thinking of it as a hat and a picture/idea of an actual hat should pop up in her head. There are lots of great games and activities to practice letters too, I would love to chat more if you are interested!

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  3. And that is why I'm secondary certified and not early childhood, lol!

    With each letter, I planned to have a word associated with it (a apple, b bat, etc) - essentially teaching them phonics as well.

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  4. Most early childhood teachers still do letter of the week, it's just within the last few years that it stopped!! I didn't explain myself very well, I don't think. I just meant instead of viewing each letter as a separate thing they should view them as a part of a word, so when you isolate 'd' for a week it is hard for them to then recognize 'd' within a word and not isolated...does that make sense? But of course kids still need to know their letter and sounds so my recommendation is that you would teach them letters within something meaningful. For example spend a few weeks on names and play games with their names; write them, spell them, make name puzzles, etc. By the end of those few weeks they will likely know all the letters in their names and will be used to seeing letters within a word, plus it will have more meaning for them. Does that make sense? Of course this is just one persons opinion, you can take it or leave it :) :)

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  5. Again this is going above and beyond what is needed... And I'm sure letter of the week will be fine, I was just trying to help (you seem like and overachiever - in a good way - so I thought you might like the information.)

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  6. I like the 'working with your name' idea. I've seen those cute name puzzle decorations in magazines, maybe this would be my excuse to get one :-) I would l ove to know what songs and books you have lined up for each letter!

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  7. Can you use the sheet protectors with the dry erase markers? or what? I got a write on wipe off board from tar-jay in august, along with a bunch of 'workbooks' for $1 apiece. I took out the stickers and only give her a sheet if she gets the WHOLE book done. no matter how long that takes. some are a lot easier than others, but she can do a lot of the pre-K-K stuff. she loves stickers, and doesn't really have a concept of it being done per se, and so it's a lovely surprise for her when it's done. she mostly colors on the board and I use an old towel to wipe it off. I just have no idea where to go once your 3 yo is ready to read? If anyone has any ideas for where to go from there, or how to teach them to write? lifeisnotbubblewrapped.com or ideas for 'typical' 3 or 4 year old pre-k stuff? I did not go to pre-K and so I have no idea. I know sometimes there's 'out there' stuff that is not strictly letters and shapes, so if anyone knows what that might be, I'd love to know! email me or facebook or blog?? thanks!

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  8. Yep - you can use the sheet protectors with the dry erase markers. Kind of like using my old school overhead sheets with the vis-a-vis markers.

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  9. http://www.abcjesuslovesme.com/ has awesome ideas and resources even if you do not want to include the Bible lesson part

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  10. www.lilbunnyhops.com

    This website has tons of worksheets and cutting/tracing activities.
    Montessori teachings approach teaching letters phonetically, learning the sound instead of the name of the letter first. I personally found that this worked for me, however you just have to find what works for your girls.

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  11. Your girls can learn their letters in a week - rent a copy of Leap Frog phonics DVD at your library - they will learn the letters AND sounds in a week if they like the video. My 2 year old knows her letters upper and lowercase and their sounds already. We are amazed, to say the least.

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  12. I recommend School of Tomorrow, they have an awesome CD of alphabet songs. It has great phonic sounds as well.

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  13. I think you've got some great ideas!! Way to go :)

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  14. I wanted to say thanks for replying, I came back to see what other ideas there were. Every time I ask anyone all I get is 'kids don't need academics'...

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