Letter recognition and pre-reading skills


Young  children are so ‘open’ to learning. They are creative, inquisitive and just love learning new things.  In the preschool days their learning is at a level they will never experience again as is their enthusiasm to learn. They are learning new concepts with every turn of their heads, to them learning  is play and learning through play is fun not just for them but for parents too.

There’s no need to buy expensive equipment. No need to enlist them in special playgroups.

Just a small amount of time spent making a few resources and playing together is sufficient. They will learn so much and will be content to play on their own afterwards.

Letter recognition is an important pre-reading skill and one that can be acquired through play. There are so many fun activities to help with this. The old traditional game ‘I Spy with my Little Eye’  remains one of the best and requires no preparation or resources. It is great on shopping trips and journeys and children love it!  With very young children beginning to learn sounds it is best to say ‘ ……something beginning with the sound ‘a’ or ‘d’ rather than the letter name.

The way the sound is said is very important. We tend to add an ‘rrr’ to our letter sounds which makes for confused soekking later. You know what I mean? We should say b.b.b.bor. baby but it sort of comes out like bur.bur.for baby! Cur.cur.cur for cat! Etc.. it’s a good idea to visit a good phonic site where you can practice the correct sounds. Here is one I recommend: 

Sound pronunciation

When my eldest was two I decorated the walls of her bedroom in lower case letters in pastel colours of paint.  I don’t remember how this started but I do remember that her bedtime routine, in addition to a story, was to recite the letters painted on the walls.  She refused to go to sleep till this had been done!  We started with just three letters and when she knew these a new one was added. I guess it’s not everyone’s idea of good decor although it did look pretty and was cheap.and easy too!
Other less permanent ways of learning letter sounds and names are explained on my video which you can find by following the link below:

Letter Recognition Activities
I really hope you find the video useful.
Please take a look at the others in the same playlist.  They are all for parents of young  children.

Your children may enjoy the art and craft and science programmes. Everything is free.

Thanks for taking the time for reading this.

Judi Brereton.

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Autumn Garden

Kids love gardens and one like this is so fun to make and takes virtually no maintenance apart from watering. They will really enjoy making new items for the garden and changing the theme as the seasons change.

It is a very good way of teaching about plants and germination and seasons plus they will hopefully develop a sense of responsibility caring for their little garden.

We don’t have a garden so I created this on a patch of tarmac at the bottom of the steps.

I simply laid a sheet of plastic over the tarmac raised up around the borders on bricks. This made a hollow in the centre which I filled with compost.

I planted a mixture of real and artificial plants . Some planted directly into the compost. Others in small plant pots.

The garden was made in the spring and has survived high winds, rain, drought and temps. of 40+

Last week I changed the theme to Autumn by adding lots of fir cones, dry leaves and little Veggie characters.

Disaronno 

A bottle lamp made from string.

Made as a pressie for my husband who loves Disaronno in EVERY dessert!!

Very messy and fiddly to make but fun!

For more fun but easier Crafts with string see my posts :

Make string Baubles 

This link takes you to a video showing how to make string Baubles..


Make a String Snowman



Below is a bowl made in the same way as the string Baubles using a balloon as a base. 

Balloons Preschool Learning from Jumble House

It’s FUN learning at Jumble House so come on in! (The link below will take you to the programme)

Thematic Preschool Learning.

BALLOONS. It’s fun learning at Jumble House

Today the theme is balloons

The letter is: Pp

The number is: 3

The colour is green .

And the narrated story is all about PEDRO PEAR and the folk who live on FIVE A DAY HILL.

Fun with Plastic Bottles

If you, like me, dislike throwing lots and lots of good plastic bottles into the recycling bin you may enjoy giving them a ‘second life’ by making some of the things shown in the video below.

Warning!

A very sharp knife and sharp scissors are required so this is not something for children! However, they will enjoy decorating the objects you create and will have lots of fun with the left over bottle tops!

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Egg Magic. Part 2

So this is where we find out how to make a bouncy egg like Lizzie’s but without the magic spell!

Vinegar is such a useful ingredient to have in the house especially when it comes to doing science experiments.  Here you will need a light coloured vinegar like cider or white wine.  You will also need a large screw top glass jar, a couple of eggs ( one raw and the other hard boiled and something to protect the table.

Allow two days for the experiment because the eggs will need to soak in the vinegar for at least 24 hours.

Once the eggs have been treated it IS possible to bounce the raw egg but be careful!  You can bounce the hard boiled egg as much as you like.

watch the video below.  I hope you enjoy it.

BOUNCY EGG

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