Yay! I’m so proud of myself 🙂 I’ve managed to figure out how work with WordPress…. slowly but surely. I love all I can do with this blog. I’ve spent too much time this evening on figuring out how to rearrange my page for easy navigation. I’ve also managed to figure out how to share printables. I’m always very impressed with teachers who freely share their ideas and now I’m glad to say I’m slowly becoming one of them. So far I only have one thing but many things are to come. I would stay up all night but I have to attend to my crying baby 🙂
I tried to speed things up a bit this week because I want to start blending sounds so they can start understanding the reading concept. Jolly Phonics first few sounds/letters are designed construct words. We practiced S-A-T and S-I-T. They did pretty good, my four year olds understood much better but I’m glad my 3 y/o are taking notice.
Here’s a turtle/Tortuga and a telephone/telefono. I tell my students that Spanish is about 80% English so learning both languages is easy. My Spanish block is pretty good. We are practicing speaking in sentences. It’s amazing how fast these little ones are grasping both languages. We used water colors to vary things
Making the telephone was really funny because they had not idea what it was. It made me feel so ancient…I really didn’t think it would look so foreign to them, but it just goes to show how phones have evolved 🙂
Here’s I for Igloo/iglu and Insect/insecto
One of the objective for preschooler is to write their own name (first name or frequent nickname), not necessarily with full correct spelling or well-formed letters. What I’ve created was a book that will show thier progress as the weeks go by. Each student has their own booklet with their names and picture on it. At the begining they don’t recognize their names so the picture comes in handy.
What I did with this book is leave their name exposed a the top and have them copy their name on the pages on the bottom. They practice wirting their name daily. The playdough mats really help them for letter formation and name recognition. They’ve pretty much mastered their names on the playdough so I moved them on to something harder.
The example below is how we started. I basically wrote their names with a light marker, preferably yellow, and had them trace over it. At the begining they had a hard time. As they got better I decided to make them their little name books where they copy instead of trace. In this picture I had extra space so I have them practice their numbers. First they trace then they copy them on the bottom. (the sample below is by one of my 3 y/o students 🙂 )
I also include a daily art project along with a book if I can find one related to the craft. So far we have done an Ant and an apple. I have them wiggle their fingers like an ant going up a hill each time they hear the short a like the sample above. I’m proud to report that so far it’s going pretty well. We are going slowly since its new. Hopefully we are able to do more than one letter per week in the future.
The Ant was done to acompany the “A” sound for the Jolly Phonics excercise.
This week we started a program called Jolly Phonics. The curriculum is designed for Kindergarteners but I loved it so much I’m doing my best to adapt to my 2-4 year olds. So far We started with the letter S and A. Here is an example of what the program looks like.
Instead of just teaching them the alphabet, what this progrma does is introuduces the 42 main souds of English first. Children learn each letter by its sound, not its name (for instance ‘a’ is learnt as it is heard in ‘ant’, not ‘ai’ as in ‘aim’). The sounds are not introduced alphabetically, but are in seven carefully-selected groups. The first group (s, a, t, i, p, n) can be combined to create the largest number of simple three-letter words.
Here are some winter theme activities we did before and a bit after the break. My Teacher Assistant Erika helps out a lot. I’m grateful to have her in my home to help me.
We did a Toy Soldier around Christmas time. The consept was to use only circle and squares. We thought it was fun.
With the snowman I had them cut out the circles and as we pasted its face and body parts I dictated them in Spanish. I’m so happy to hear them speaking some Spanish in the classroom.
We also did a snowman puzzle. This worksheet I downloaded from Childcareland.com, I’m part of yahoo group preschool theme sharing. I get daily emails with great ideas. I’ve metintioned previously that I don’t like to print things out, many of emails containg printable. What I do is just have the kids create it or I draw it out for them. Basically I find a way so that the experience is more of sensory/creative experience rather than worksheets all the time. We are small preschool so this is a possibility for me. Here is the site: http://www.childcareland.com/learningsheets.html
I haven’t been able to blog because I gave birth to my sweet little baby girl Sarah. Here’s a pic. I love her J A true blessing. Thank you Jesus
I’m also trying to figure out how to upload files to this site, for file sharing. I’m new to wordpress, but I do want to make it easy and pratical to navigate in order to share my ideas.