This month’s theme is alphabet house. We have had a lot of fun learning about different kinds of homes. This month is also a review month. We are reviewing letters A-Z and numbers 1-20. I don’t teach preschool in the summer, so I have the opportunity to just work 1 on 1 with my own daughters on Mother Goose Time lessons. It has been so rewarding for me to see how much they love to learn, as well as how much they have actually learned this year. It is also nice to get to spend some time with my girls teaching them and playing with them each day. I have a 2 (almost 3) year old and a 5 year old. The 2 year old is soaking in all the new information being taught and loving getting all the attention. My 5 year old is loving showing off to me and her little sister how much she already knows. I often catch her teaching her little sister previous preschool lessons while they are playing.
This week, we did some awesome activities to help us review our letters and numbers. The first activity we did was an alphabet game. My girls cut out the letters from the paper. This was a lot of cutting for the two of them. I made them do as much as they could before I finished the rest. I am so proud of how much they cut on their own. Their fine motor skills have improved a bunch over the last year.
After they cut out all the letters, we played a matching game. We took the letter cards and placed them face down on the table. We took turns picking a letter and finding the matching letter on the game board. This game was super easy for my 5 year old. My 2 year old didn’t know all the letters, but she did know a few.
For our next activity, we pretended that we were in a tall building and played “elevator”. I taped the elevator number line on the wall. My daughters took turns pushing a number. First, we identified the number and sang a little song as we rode the elevator. Then, we pushed another number and my girls had to tell me if we were going to go up or down in the elevator. This was a little tricky for the younger one. She wanted to keep riding up. But, once we reached 20, we had to go down. She was not too happy about that. They had so much fun playing “elevator” that I left the number line up for them to play throughout the month as we continue to learn about homes.
One last activity that we have done this week is order the alphabet. My older daughter and I helped the younger one put the letters in alphabetical order. This was not easy for her. We sang the alphabet song so many times and helped point out which letter would come next. Even though it was a challenge, she still had so much fun playing with the alphabet blocks. She was super proud of herself when we were all finished.
Reviewing concepts and skills can be beneficial to see what a child needs to work on. I was amazed at how much my older daughter knew. She is ready to start reading. And I was a little shocked at how little my 2 year old knew. For some reason, I thought she knew more letters then she did. But, she identified all the numbers which was a fun surprise. They are both doing so well and I am excited to continue to work with them on these important skills this summer.
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