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.

Advertisements

Shopping with young children 


Supermarket Shopping with young children is not easy but I found this activity  helped. In addition it improves observational skills and extends vocabulary and understanding. 

Make a card resource of all your usual supermarket items. 

Prior to going to the shops sit down with your child and make a visual card shopping list. It helps to put the cards in isle order..

As an appropriate isle is reached hand two of three of the cards to your child and challenge them to ‘spot’ the items before you do!   Keeping a score of who is winning also shows children that numbers have a practical side. That they are used in real life. 

Very important! 

It is important to establish ground  ‘rules’ before you go shopping.  The best way to do this is to roleplsy and have a few sessions of ‘going shopping’  games.  Try to include positive rather than negative statements. For example instead of saying ‘You mustn’t run’  say ‘please walk down the isles.’ 

For example:

  •  Please walk down the isles. 
  • Please stay near mummy/daddy
  • We must use out quiet voices.
  • Please wait to be told to take the item off the shelf.

Bubbles

Do you like bubbles?

Yes?

I thought so. Everyone likes bubbles!

Have you ever tried catching some?

Maisie Jumble likes bubbles and she wanted to catch some

too.

Would you like to hear her story?

Right.

Then listen carefully and I will begin.

One day Maise was looking out of the window when she saw ……..

Yes! Lots of bubbles! Blue bubbles, Red bubbles, Yellow bubbles, Green bubbles.

'Look at all those bubbles,' said Maisie

'I must go and catch some.'

So Maisie ran into the garden but, oh dear. The bubbles had disappeared.

'Where have the bubbles gone?' Said Maisie. 'I must go and catch some.'



Maisie went down the lane and found Harry Hand

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie

'No,' said Harry, 'I haven't seen any bubbles'.



Maisie went down the lane and met Lilly Jumble

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie.

'No,' said Lilly I haven't seen any bubbles.'

So Maisie walked further along the lane and

met Freddie Jumble.

'Have you seen some bubbles?' asked Maisie.




'No,' said Freddie, 'But I will help you to find some.'

Maisie sat down with Freddie.

'Let's think where we have seen bubbles,' said Freddie.

'That may help us to find them.'

Can you help Freddie and Maisie? Where do you think they may have seen

bubbles before ?

'I know,' said Maisie. 'We use bubbles to wash up the pots after dinner.'

'That is so,' said Freddie. 'Lets go and find someone washing up.'

Freddie and Maisie found Billie Brush and Gilly Glove washing up.

'But there are no bubbles,' said Freddie .

Then Gilly added some washing-up liquid.

What do you think happened?

Wow! What a lot of bubbles!!

What is Gilly Glove doing to

make more bubbles?

'The bubbles in the garden were red and green and blue and lots of colours,' said

Maisie.

'Why do you think these bubbles are white?'

'I don't know,' said Freddie. 'Do bubbles change colour ?'

How can we find out?

' We could take them into the garden,' said Gilly.

So that is what they did.


What do you think they found out?

Try blowing bubbles in different places?

Does it make a difference to the colour?


Why?

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: