As early childhood education gains more attention on the national level, more attention is being paid to early literacy.
Early childhood professionals have long recognized the importance of language and literacy in preparing children to succeed in school.
Early literacy plays a key role in enabling the kind of early learning experiences that research shows are linked with academic achievement, reduced grade retention, higher graduation rates and enhanced productivity in adult life.
In our classroom, we are constantly being exposed to letters.
With a variety of play experiences, we gain an understanding of letters and their functions, and have fun while doing so!
For this activity, we used manipulatives to spell the word HOOT.
Using letters printed on cardstock, students matched the letters to identical letters printed on a mat.
We discussed the sound each letter made, and then combined the sounds to create a word!
Three dimensional media occupies space defined through the dimensions of height, weight and depth.
It includes sculpture, installation and performance art, decorative art and product design.
Two processes are responsible for all three dimensional art: additive, in which material is built up to create form, and subtractive, where material is removed from an existing mass, such as a chunk of stone, wood, or clay.
The additive piece that we created involved a few key materials.
With floor, twigs, feathers, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners, we assembled them to make two items: an owl and it’s nest.
One great thing about children, is that they are always learning.
And every experience is a learning opportunity ready to be absorbed.
For this activity, we talked about opposites, specifically targeting the words, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, TOP, and BOTTOM.
This activity was also broken up into four different days.
On the first day, we talked about the anatomy of an owl.
We focused on saying that the eyes are “on top” and the legs are “on the bottom” of the owl.
We then used play dough, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and feathers to create our very own owls! The second day involved us creating individual nests for our owls.
For this portion of our project, we stuck twigs and hay into play dough.
We again talked about the words, INSIDE, OUTSIDE, TOP and BOTTOM.
On the third day we created a large nest made of twigs, twine, wood chips, grass, and hay.
Students then placed their owls and nests into the larger nest.
For one last time,Following we visited the words INSIDE, OUTSIDE, TOP and Bottom. During each creation of each day, they were directed to place the materials. To incorporate the mathematical domain into our project, we also counted the total number of owls in the nest.
Lastly, they enjoyed displaying their nests for all to see!
There are many activities children can enjoy that will improve their pre-writing skills. If you visit some of our other tracing activities, you’ll find lots of great information on the importance of pre-writing skills, what they are, and how to develop them.
Tracing lines is just one way of helping children get ready to write.
And they don’t even have to pick up a pencil to do it. It’s valuable to start out tracing with fingers because holding a writing tool can be tricky!
So as part of our ghost theme, your little one participated in an activity that honed their tracing skills. With a few simple materials, we learned about the letters that make up the word GHOST.
Throughout the week, we talked about the letter G.
We then discussed the sounds that G made. Following this, we sung a song about the different words that start with G. Lastly, we used flower and glitter to trace G,H,O,S,T!
Sensory activities play a key role in the maturation process of young children.
Activities that require manipulation and touch enable children to heighten the adaptive response through their senses.
They are an integral component in early childhood education.
They not only engage the child, but stimulate cognitive development.
To access this, your young one participated in an activity where they made ghost slime!
Using corn starch, googly eyes, water, and glitter, we manipulated and created various combinations to create the perfect consistency for our goo!
For this activity we used several river stones to create monsters!
We have been so enjoying this theme, especially now that Halloween is near.
First, we cleaned the rocks, removing dust and dirt.
Once they were clean and dry we painted them with acrylic colors. We then let the paint dry.
Following this, we worked on the eyes!
We made the eyes with googly eyes, and with much precision, were able to attach them!
Lastly, we used pipe cleaners for their limbs.
Cute monsters everywhere!
We had so much fun that many students wanted to make two!
We have had so much fun learning about monsters this week!
For this activity, we placed monster rings onto straws with different numbers.
Students were encouraged to choose the correct amount for each straw and then count as they slid them onto the straws.
This strengthened fine motor control, one-to-one correspondence, and the pincer grasp!