Sometimes, kids have trouble learning the alphabet. And when this happens, teachers and parents will use anything and everything to help them learn. And often, inventing a mnemonic device (also known as a memory trick, a memory booster, or even a gimmick) about the more difficult letters can really help! In this article, I'm going to share the little tricks I use to help my kids that struggle remember the letter NAMES.
Learning to rhyme often requires SO MUCH repetition, so I created a new rhyming game, and then, I created a whole NEW SET of activities just like the first set that we already have, but with different words!
Here is a fun art project for fall that takes (almost) no prep at all, is super fascinating for most children! It incorporates a bit of science in it, since the children get to see how the salt absorbs the water, and then how the colors diffuse and travel up the salt covered lines. This project can be adapted to suit just about ANY theme!
A great way to practice the alphabet and kids' names, while also strengthening fine motor skills! We've been calling it Push Pin Letters or Push Pin Names, and my kids really LOVE it!
The Name Game is a fun and easy whole group game that helps children recognize and read their name and the names of their classmates! It helps kids practice letter sounds, phonics, and beginning reading skills, too.
Here's a newly updated Rules for the iPad poster all freshly updated for you! The poster has five simple rules in a positive PBIS format with some cute little illustrations to help non-readers, and it is FREE for you to download and print!
Here's a list of my favorite free and paid iPad apps for Kindergarten and Pre-K for the 2018-19 school year! These apps include skills such as alphabet recognition, beginning reading skills such as letter sounds, sounding out words, and learning sight words, as well as early math skills such as numbers and numeracy, shape recognition, matching sets, patterning, addition and subtraction, etc.
Here is a brand, new product for those of you that teach the letters and sounds, especially within the "Letter of the Week" format: It's our Alphabet trace and Sound Circle Worksheets! I love these because they are simple, straightforward, and to the point, and can usually be done in ten minutes or less.
A fun, interactive, whole group game for young children that boosts problem solving skills and cooperative learning! Kids practice self-regulation skills, thinking ahead, cooperation, following directions, and boosts social skills. You can’t beat that, right?
Here is a great Muffin Man themed STEM project to add to your nursery rhyme unit! It is creative, fun, & only takes a few basic materials. All you need are some leftover muffin liners of various colors & designs, paper, markers or crayons, glue, and some imagination! TK, kindergarten, STREAM, learning songs, easy