Thursday, September 22, 2016

Most Common Mixed-up Letters... a, b, d, p

I've worked with children in classrooms and one-on-one for over 20 years.  What I'm about to share is a SIMPLE WAY to help the child remember the difference between 4 very similar letters.  Let's revisit the lowercase letters b and d as well as lowercase a and p. It is such a common error of most children to reverse these letters!  While reviewing the letters with the Amazing Action Alphabet Flip Chart I also bring out these cards.


help teach letters b d a p preschool


My very favorite way to help children remember these letters is to say...

b.. Draw a wand first (straight line) then add the bubble (circle)

Bubble Blower - Bubble

















d... Draw a door knob first (circle) then draw a door (straight line)

teaching letter d preschool
Door Knob - Door

















a... Draw an apple (circle) then add a small tree branch (short line)

teaching letter a in preschool
Apple - Branch

p... Draw a pot handle first (straight line) then add the pop for popcorn (circle) 

teaching letter p in preschool
Pot Handle - Pot


I














Isn't this fun!  I hope you can use this great teaching tip today.  What are things that have worked for you?  Together we can teach these kids.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blending sounds for Early Readers

I've been talking a lot about blending sounds, and it's because it can be the first big hurdle to reading! Using a variety of blending templates for your preschooler or early reader helps keep them engaged and makes learning enjoyable.


While using the Amazing Action Alphabet Mini Book I also take the time to review the word list in each story before reading that story.  Today I am reviewing the word family /on/.

teach reading blending train

BLENDING SOUNDS WITH A TRAIN

Create a train template with simple train clip art.  I found a cute one HERE.   Laminate your template and you'll use this over and over again.  I promise!  

Preschool reading train

First sound out the letters separately. Second, push the train cars together and have the child blend the sounds.  Say things like; "Try saying it faster!" or "Keep the train running, don't stop in between sounds."

Train blending word families

Try teaching the word families together by changing the first letter on the train.

train blending word famlies

pan
tan
ran
can

There you have your new favorite blending game!  I had an old game from a teaching supply store that I didn't use much.  I changed it up and used it to teach simple words and word families.  Be creative!  You might have something in your file cabinet that could work for you!  

Reading train

Some of your children might not be ready for blending sounds together.  A great pre-reading train themed ideas would be to create a train template like I found on the Thriving Home Blog.   Play a matching game with the wheels being the upper or lowercase letters.  What a great idea!

Letter matching train

Another fantastic pre-reading activity I found on Still Playing School.  Print out some train tracks and practice the sounds in a word you're working on.  I have my eye on her blog!

train track letter sounds

Choo!  Choo!  This train has places to go.  Until next time!

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Blending Sounds and Teaching Reading With WAVES

In the beginning stages of reading it is always a struggle blending the sounds together.   When I am teaching my early reader I use the Amazing Action Alphabet Mini Reader.  I teach the new words from a story and have a child blend the sounds, and practice reading the words.  Here is an additional way to make blending the sounds together more enjoyable. 

USE THE BLENDING WAVE


Blending sounds together with wave



Here I have two different templates.  One template is for separating the sounds with three short waves, or three sounds.  The second template is one continuous long wave, or one continuous sound.  In my pictures the blue papers are my templates.

I also have a laminated white paper that I use for writing the words and sounds we are focused on.  I use a dry erase marker and magic eraser for easy transitions to new words.  

First practice the sounds separately using the three wave template.  j--a--m!

blending sounds with three waves

Next we change templates and use the one wave template saying the word in one continuous sound. jam!

Blending sounds with one wave in reading

Often I will say something like, "Say it the fast way," or "Now squeeze the sounds together and say it smoothly."

Blending sounds can be a struggle, but with creative ways you can help a child read words fluently AND have fun!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Stuffed Animals Make a Great Preschool Teacher Assistant

In my Amazing Action Alphabet teaching world (my real job as mom is stellar, but more about that later:)) I'm always looking for props which help me teach letters and sounds to my sweet students.  Attention grabbers, funny things, or random objects around the house help me create that magical teaching moment when the student hangs with me for a moment...and learns!  

Meet some new alphabet friends.  H the horse and M the moose are covered with stickers that have their beginning sound. 

Stuffed animal teaching letter H

The children loved to run around the room huffing (making the /h/ /h/ /h/sound) and galloping with our horse.  
Stuffed animal teaching letter M

M the moose was rubbing his belling many times making the /m/ /m/ /m/ sound.

What is your most recent attention grabber or teaching aid?  Today try a stuffed animal!  Anything to make these animals come alive is worth the effort.

Until next time friends!



Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Reading Review Game: Swat the Word!


Amazing Action Alphabet's Beginning Reader is a MUST HAVE for all preschoolers and beginning readers.  This book has 26 mini books that build upon each other as the reader progresses and learns more letter sounds and words.  

Today we read the I the Insect book.  We reviewed in a fun way called "SWAT THE WORD!"  I wrote the words from the book on little lady bugs.  

Word Review Game for Amazing Action Alphabet

When my reader read a word he could SWAT that bug.  BAM!  Flat paper bugs are my favorite!

We were itching with fun as we read this book and practiced the /i/ sound!  This Beginning reader is also available as an Ebook for ONLY $6.99!  This game is a fun way to review words from any story or frequently used words.  

Enjoy friends!  

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Creative Ways to Keep the FOCUS of Your Young Reader


Finding fun and creative ways to keep a young reader engaged and focused is always a goal of mine.  I regularly work with children that have learning difficulties and attention issues.  While using my Amazing Action Alphabet Beginning Reader, I have found 3 tried and tested ways to make reading more enjoyable while keeping a child's focus. 

1.
Make a "peak-hole" or "window" to keep their focus and concentration on each specific word.  It is amazing how eliminating all the other words clears up the mind and the child can read and focus better.

Peak hole or window focus game

2.
Children LOVE using gadgets to help make reading more enjoyable.  Try using a tongue depressor with an eyeball indicating where to "look and read."

Focus game for preschool reading

3.
Spooky witches fingers aren't just for Halloween!  Try using one for your child to use as they track and read.  

Witches finger helps keep child focused on reading


The more enjoyable it is for the learner, the more enjoyable it is for the teacher!  WIN / WIN!



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.