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How much time do you have? Lol! Of course, it depends upon the age/grade/dev. ability level of the child(ren), but here are a few things I love to do with children in grades Pre-K - Gr. 3: 1. Pre-K: We have a Letter of the Week. At least one activity is focused on the Letter of the Week each day. Examples: hide plastic letters in a sand/water bin, trace the letter on eachother's backs, paint the letter with your feet, make the letter on paper with glue & noodles, stamp the letter with a painting plunger, line up a bunch of soup cans/rocks/shells/whatever in the shape of the letter, cut the letter out of sandpaper & have the child trace it, etc. - it's endless, the amt of things you can do with the Letter of the Week. Mainly, keep it posted in a visible place where the child can see it & touch it & keep it a part of daily conversation. 2. 'Round the Room: Go around the room/house to identify objects with the same initial letter sound. For Pre-K kids, have a bunch of letter stickers ready beforehand for the child to mark each object with. Plain little dot stickers work just fine if you write the letter on each sticker. Use stickers with easy to remove adhesive. You want the child to "hear" the letter sound, "see" the letter & associate the letter and its sound with a familiar object within his/her environment. Walk around the space with the child (a.k.a. "go on a treasure hunt") to help him/her find objects that begin with the letter. Older kids can carry a clipboard & generate a list as you go along. Help him/her record the correct spelling. Learning how to spell isn't always as easy as "sounding it out", so it's important for them to see the correct spelling of the word when it is first introduced. This activity can easily be connected to other subject/skill areas. Examples: Math = count, graph, or sort the objects by room or category; Composition = use the items as writing prompts (use the words to construct a given # of sentences, or a paragraph/short story - you determine how many words the child must use based on his/her dev. ability level; child picks the words). 3. Author of the Month: Pretty self explanatory. Learn about a different children's author each month. Gather as many of the author's works as possible. Dedicate an area & a small-ish bulletin board for the collection. We call to display the collection. We call it the Author's Spotlight. Post a picture of the author on the bulletin board, write the author a letter, compare/contrast artwork to other illustrators,etc. - the sky's the limit. Mostly, have fun enjoying the collection together. I do Jan Brett in January (cuz of The Mitten, The Hat & some of her other winter-themed books); Eric Carle in February; Dr. Seuss is in March (cuz that's when his birthday is); etc. - do what works for you! We like running around the house & collecting all the items mentioned in Dr. Seuss's In a People House. ❤ Wow, that was long for only 3 things. Lol! "Until next time, Gadget!" 😄
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I used a program called “Spell to Write and Read” and “Shirley Grammar “ it was the best thing ever- both my kids are good spellers and voracious readers. My favorite activities were the starting to read activities where we would incorporate lots of art and writing - miss those days- now I’m just an editor 😆