Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I The Insect Itches...i...i...i!

It's I day for my preschoolers, and we are learning about insects and, of course, the letter I.  We crafted, discovered, learned, imagined, read, and discovered some more!  

First we learned about insects.  Hands on learning can be tricky in the cooler weather, but flip over a rock and you'll  be surprised at what you find!  

kids find insects under rock
{image credit here}

I Day Craft
We crafted with the Amazing Action Alphabet Activities  book, and the kids had a lot of fun making wings with their painted hands.  Another fun idea is make sock puppets out of these insects.  Attach an old sock to the back of I the Insect and the kids LOVE flying around the house with their new insect friend.

preschool letter I craft with insects

Teaching Letter Name
When using the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart children usually pick up the letter sounds quite easily.  Learning the letter names can take a little more effort.  Here is a quick idea of how I like to teach the letter name I.  

Teaching preschoolers the word I with an eye ball

I make a lowercase i and then I draw an eyeball on the top.  (get "eye" for the letter name I)  This helps children remember the name of letter I as well as remembering the form of the lowercase letter.

When using the Amazing Action Alphabet Beginning Reader you will notice on lesson 8 the letter /i/ sound is added to their list of sounds taught.  An effective way to help the child read this story is by reminding them that the letter I, when standing alone, is a "stop word."  All stop words do not sound out and must be memorized.  I remind them that when they come to a red light they "stop" and don't sound out. He/She needs to remember the word just by the way it looks.  (Take the word "the" for example.   This word doesn't sound out and consequently is a "stop word.")  I tell the child that the I, when standing alone, is another "stop word."  When we come to the I we say the I's name not the letter I's sound.  To help the child with this concept have them color all the I's RED symbolizing to stop and not say the letter's sound.  (Just for fun, in this story below, we colored all the words "am" yellow and all the words "sit" we underlined in green.  I found that coloring the same words that are used repeatedly in the story further helps the child's reading fluency.)

Amazing Action Alphabet Beginning Reader Book for Preschoolers

Letter Review Game
I couldn't wait to use a PIN I had saved for today!  Thanks Hands On as We Grow, this letter review game is a favorite!  

letter review game with fly swatter on insect day
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Apple Day Activities and Crafts

Preschoolers love learning about the Letter A & Apple Day!  Today I want to share some apple crafts and activities that are easy and fun for young learners.  Using recycled objects for circle painting, chalkboard writing, and sticker crafts all made Apple Day a success!  Other fantastic Apple Unit activities could include an apple rotting experiment, writing in apple sauce,  and playing: "What weighs more than an apple?"
Recycled apple day craft for preschoolers

A the Alligator in the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart was the perfect base to our  A Day activities.  After reviewing the story about "A" and learning what A the Alligator says...we got straight to business!  During each activity we practiced the action for letter "A" and what it says.  Ask any of the kids today, they got it!  

Recycled Apple Painting

I have saved, recycled and rounded objects to be used for circle painting.  Today was just the day to bring them out!  Using objects to paint can be a simple way to incorporate arts and crafts in learning letters and numbers.

painting letter a craft

We talked about what object is taller, wider, shorter, thicker.  Each child was excited to make their own RED, CIRCLE apple.

painting apples with circles

We added a touch of green for the stem, and called it a bushel of fun!

Apple A day painting craft

Chalkboard Letter Writing

We used this chalkboard wall today to practice writing the capital letter A.  After reading this great article "Why kids should work on a vertical surface" you might decide to paint a chalkboard wall too! 

kids writing on chalkboard

Ten Apples On Top 

I love reading a classic apple book!  This book sparked some ideas...How many apples can balance on your head?  The kids thought balancing 2 was quite hard!

ten apples on top

First we drew a little self portrait, using circles of course!  Then we used  circle sticker labels and balanced as many "apples" as we could.

using sticker labels with ten apples on top

There you have it folks!  I hope you enjoyed some apple themed activities for today.  If you like what you saw please join me in my teaching adventures...

Friday, August 7, 2015

Preschoolers Learn Numbers Through Rhymes & Activities

Teach your preschooler numbers through RHYMES and hands-on ACTIVITIES.  At the See Hear Do Company we use the Number Neighborhood Activity Book and Flip Chart to teach children numbers and number values.  Preschoolers enjoy exploring numbers with a variety of manipulatives.  Take the number SEVEN for example.  In the STORY found in the Number Neighborhood Flip Chart number seven is learned through rhyme; 

"7 Lives In Heaven"

Number Neighborhood Activity teaching preschooler

The clever character 7, his life in heaven, and the rhyme bring to life number seven.  The activity of counting cotton balls or marshmallows makes learning the value of seven more concrete.  Today we had fun with our head in the CLOUDS!

Amazing Action Alphabet teach preschool numbers and values

Placing the corresponding number of cotton balls or marshmallows in the cloud makes adding EASY & FUN!

Number Neighborhood Number Seven Activty

We practiced identifying numbers in a similar way. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7!

Teach number cloud activity

Today I used a hands on activity here.  We love our "Cloud Sensory Bin."  Thank you For the Love of Learning, great idea!

Preschooler number sensory bin
{photo credit here}

Hope you are having success in teaching your preschoolers.  Don't forget to connect with me for my latest ideas and teaching tips...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Free Letter & Sound Review Games

Are you needing a FREE letter and sound review game for your preschooler?  I thought so.

I have 3 fabulous Amazing Action Alphabet Review Games I want to give away to my friends.

Brown Bear

brown bear letter review

I use Brown Bear Review Activity with the familiar chant from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?  Place the Amazing Action Alphabet review cards (found in the back of the Activity Book) on top of the Brown Bear's belly.  Review the revised chant:

Brown Bear,
Brown Bear,
What do you see?
I see a "(say the name of the letter)" 
Looking at me!

In the Brown Bear PDF file you would receive the Brown Bear template.  

Alphabet Parking Lot

letter review activity for preschooler

I love the Alphabet Parking Lot Review Game!  You can easily have your child play with their toy car on this alphabet road.  You can give simple instructions to help your child review.

alphabet letter review activity for preschooler

Drive to the letter K?
Drive to the letter that says the sound /R/.
What is the 3rd letter past the pond?

In this PDF file you would receive all 3 pieces of the Alphabet Parking Lot activity.

Mr. Alligator & Swinging Letters  

Mr alligator swinging letters for preschooler

Mr. Alligator is one of my favorites!  I use a revised version of the familiar song "Teasing Mr. Alligator".

5 little letters swinging in the tree
Teasing Mr. Alligator
"Can't catch me!"
"Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Alligator
As quiet as can me
And SNAPS a "D" 
Right out of the tree!

In this PDF file you would receive the alligator and all 26 letters.

How Do I Get My Free Game?

I am happy to email you a PDF file of one of the above games!  In exchange I need you to complete ALL of the following.

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3.  Email me at  Put in the Subject line: Free Review Game.  Write your name and what day you completed the above sharing on social sites.   I'll confirm your request and send you your favorite review game as quick as I can!

Thanks friends!  The more you share...the more I can create for you!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Edible Snacks & Letter Review Ideas

Making snack time a learning experience can be a loads of fun in preschool.  

A simple and edible way to review letters is to give a child pretzel sticks and ask them make various letters with the pretzels.  Don't you love the great ideas at the See Hear Do Company!

pretzel letter snack

Have you heard of Cheez It Scrabble?  Yep!  Grab a box for the little ones today.  This looks like a hit from Activity Mom.

gheez it letter snack game

Using licorice to make letters and words is easy and fun too.  Thanks Miss Mancy.

licorice letter snack in preschool

What creative snack times do you have with your kids?  Do share!

Cookie Jar Letter & Sounds Review Game

Summer is a great time review letters and sounds! After being introduced to the letters using The Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart review the letters and sounds with this well known song

Who Stole The Cookies From Cookie Jar?

cookie jar review game

Simply get a cookie jar or find a printable cookie jar from the internet. Cut out a few "cookies" from paper and write letter names on the "cookies" and place them in a jar. 

cookie jar template

Repeat the following revised chant:

Teacher says: "You stole a letter from the cookie from the cookie jar!"
Child says: "Who me?"
Teacher says: "Yes, you! Let's see!"

Amazing Action Alphabet Cookie Jar Review

Child shows the teacher the letter written on the cookie. If child says the name of the letter (or you can ask for the letter sound) they can keep the "cookie" in their pile. If the child forgot the letter name (or sound) the teacher tells the child the name (or sound) and they put the cookie back in the cookie jar. The goal is to keep all the "cookies" from the cookie jar.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Water Day Learning Activities & Preschool Fun!

Catch the wave with your preschoolers as you use literacy, science and math on "Water Day!"  First, read about number 16 from the  Number Neighborhood Flip Chart.  Surf's up for my little 16 that loves camping and canoeing .  Read the story and you'll see why 16 wears sunscreen!

number 16 preschool sink or float activity

Sink or Float Activity

The radical sink or float instructions and template are found in the Number Neighborhood Activity Book.  Gather some of the objects I suggest in the activity.  I totally know you'll have all the items, but grab a few extras for good measure!  

Items for sink or float activity in preschool

We pulled out our Sink or Float Chart for everyone.

Teach preschool sink or float activity with number 16

Ask the little dudes to use their scientific mind to predict if the object will sink or float.  Now let them test their predictions!

preschool kids sink or float

Follow the chart and let the kids mark the correct column.  With 2 and 3 year olds you might want to graph their findings on the Activity Page together.  

Alphabet Wipe Out!

Gather some squirting devises.  (i.e. squirt bottles, water guns...)  Now have the kids "wipe out" some letters, numbers, or even shapes that you wish to review.

water activity

Dude!  I think your ready!

preschool squirt water activity

Cowabunga!  You got it!

soak letter b
Who made up this tubular game?

water letter m

We had a radical time, and all this work makes us thirsty of a tall glass of WATER!

kids drink water
{Photo credit Super Healthy Kids}
Sunscreen Writing and Science

Lastly, we decided to  experiment with a little sunscreen.

sunscreen preschool activity
{photo credit Kids Activity Blog}
Thank you Kids Activity Blog for such a fantastic idea!  Have your kids paint their name on a paper using sunscreen.  Put the paper in the sun for a few hours and you will find the sunscreen protects the paper leaving your child's name.

preschool paint name in sunscreen activity
{photo credit Kids Activity Blog}
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