Monday, May 23, 2016

We're Highlighting Letter Y Today ...Yippee!

Amazing Action Alphabet knows that preschoolers learn their letters and sounds best when taught with a hands on activity.  Young learners love to yell like Y the yak!  Listen to them yell with delight as they color the yak with the yellow fluorescent marker while moving his yellow yo-yo up-and-down! 


Amazing action alphabet highlighter letter activity

This activity is found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book. I always supply the children with a variety of coloring devices. Today the children used a fluorescent marker, and they LOVED the brightness of the letter y in the shape of a yak!  

Letter Y preschool activity

While you have those highlighters out you may consider this fantastic math activity from Where Imagination Grows.

Black light number activity

We use this handwriting activity ALL THE TIME from Kids Activities Blog.

Highlight names and writing practice for preschoolers

Yahoo for Y Day!  We are almost finished with our school year... and now I'm thinking of all the ways to review over the summer to keep our minds fresh.  








Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Review With ME and the Amazing Action Mini Reader


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For your preschooler to retain knowledge of letter names and sounds used in the Amazing Action Alphabet we review on a regular basis. In the Amazing Action Alphabet Beginning Reader the letters are NOT taught in alphabetical order. Instead, the letters are taught using the most commonly used sounds first, making it possible to quickly make words. Before each lesson we review each sound practiced like you see in this video.



I love using a slide to blend sounds making words for a beginning reader.  

Here we are in the fourth lesson blending the four sounds taught thus far.  We have learned M, T, A and S letters and sounds.  Using a "slide" as we "slide" these sounds together that are contained in the story.

Review letter sounds with a slide for preschoolersUsing a slide to teach words to preschoolers

Reviewing letters and sounds regularly is key to your child's success!  

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Learning Letter Z with a REAL ZIPPER!

Learning the alphabet letter z is such fun with the Amazing Action Alphabet! Today preschoolers zipped our black and white painted zebra in his own sleeping bag!   

Amazing Action Alphabet Z Day Activity For Preschoolers

A zebra, in the shape of a Z, is found in the Amazing Action Alphabet Activities book.  A sleeping bag is also found in the activities book with a pretend zipper they can zip up and down making the /z/ sound. BUT...I thought it would be EXTRA fun to buy REAL ZIPPERS that they could move up and down!   We made bigger sleeping bags (by enlarging the Z activity page) and carefully hot glued a zipper to one side.

Z day activity or craft for preschoolers with a sipper and a sleeping bagAmazing Action Alphabet Letter Z the Zebra

 It ended up being a zippy-do-da-day!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Quilting on Q Day in Preschool

Let your preschooler quilt like Q, the Queen Bee, in the Amazing Action Alphabet


Q day preschool quilting activity



In the Action Alphabet Activities book the children can use the quilt template to make a pattern quilt, and I'd like to suggest using patterned paper material. 

Q day preschool Amazing Action Alphabet quilting activity

Help the child cut out the quilt squares and glue the squares onto the Q activity printed on card stock paper. Use a hole punch and yarn, and have them "sew" the quilt together while making the /q/ sound each time the "needle" sews the quilt.


Q day preschool quilting

Fantastic work!  During this activity, the preschooler has used his/her MATH skills with the patterns, FINE MOTOR skills while cutting and pasting, and seeing while practicing their PRE-READING skills.   

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/Q/ /Q/ /Q/ Quiet...We're Quilting On Q Day

On Q day in preschool you may find us quietly quilting while we explore patterns.  In the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book the letter Q activity is all ready to use!  Some might like to color in the quilt, or even paint in the squares.  I like to cut up scrap material and have the children glue on squares to make a touch and feel quilt!


Quilting craft / activity preschoolers Q day

Since the Letter Q's name is Q the Queen Bee in the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart, we decided we needed to be like Q and be royalty for the day.  We decorated our king or queen crown by making a pattern with shapes. (I love incorporating math into my art projects.)  Smarty Pants Fun had some nice instructions on how they made their crowns.



Crown pattern preshool

Another quick activity on Q day in a game called Quarter Toss.  I thought I had made this game up...so clever of me!  But, with a quick Pinterest search, I saw I was wrong!  Home School Creations has some fabulous ideas for Q day, along with some quarter game rules. :)

Quarter toss preschool Q day

Q day can be quite fun!  Be sure to comment below about any fun Q day activities you have!  



Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Help Me Teach The Difference Between b and d

When using the Amazing Action Alphabet children learn the letter sounds almost instantaneously, however some children have a difficult time remembering the letter names. The two most common letters that children have a hard time remembering is the lower case letters "b" and "d." I like to use these visual and verbal tips. 


Teach preschooler difference between "b" and "d"

Lowercase letter "b" has a line and then a circle... I tell the child a bubble blower wand (or a line) comes first and the "bubble" comes next, out from the bottom. 

Teach lower case letters "b" and "d" using bubble wand

Lowercase letter "d" has a circle then a line... I tell the child a circle or "doorknob" comes first then the line (or door) comes next. 

Teach lower case "d" and "be door knob preschool

I hope this tip and visual helps you teach, and if you have an additional ways to teach "b" and "d" comment below! 



Wednesday, January 6, 2016

K the Kangaroo in Karate Class

This preschooler learns about the letter and sound of K today.  In the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart there is the cutest little story about K the Kangaroo in a karate class.  The kids love to listen to the story over and over again!


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I think we have song 11 (Letter K) on repeat most of the time! (and I still LOVE it, that's saying something!)  All of the songs on the Amazing Action Alphabet Sing Along CD are super catchy and fun!  Easiest way to teach letters and sounds for sure.

We enjoyed coloring K the Kangaroo from the Amazing Action Alphabet Activity Book.


Amazing Action alphabet letter K preschool craft

We learned what a brad is, and put it into place.   Then we started practicing our K's Karate KICK!



Preschool letter K Kanagroo craft

We practiced writing the letter K with a pencil, chalk and even in play doh, but the highlight of the day was learning about Karate!  We showed an AMAZING YouTube video showing a guy breaking 2 cement bricks!

Serious skill!

Then we put our muscles to the test.  We said /k/ /k/ /k/ as we Karate Chopped the tissue paper.  (much easier on the hand)


Kid doing karate chop

Look at that form!


Preschooler Karate Chop

You can easily add more tissue paper and have them COUNT how many they can karate chop!  Kids loved it, and I'm sure you will too!  Happy teaching everyone!