Happy 2013 everyone! Preschool yesterday was a fantastic review day with a snowmen theme. We started by reviewing the letters of the alphabet we've already learned (m t a s b h c i l p f j). I put the Amazing Action Alphabet images up on the SmartBoard to practice tracing the letters while we listened to the songs and practiced the sounds.sandpaper letters to engage tactically with the letters.
"Once There Was a Snowman" with the body actions. The kids absolutely love this song.
TouchMath curriculum in preschool and was recently asked why I chose it. Here are my two bits: I chose to use Touch Math for a few different reasons. All of the following reasons come back to my belief about how kids should learn and how I plan to homeschool my children. Touch Math is a multi-sensory approach to math that has a set pre-k curriculum. No other Math curriculum (that I've looked into) starts in pre-k. This is CRUCIAL to my picking it because I believe that kids need to learn the reasons and understand the hows of math problems. Too many kids in the world can tell you the name of a numeral, but not understand that it represents a set or a quantity. I can take their ideas and brainstorm different games to play around the concept or if I’m behind in my planning I can pull out an activity page and we can manipulate that.
Starfall Speedway board game. I highly reccomend this game. There are three different levels of play, learning the alphabet, practicing short vowel words, advancing readers with digraphs, blends and sight words. Of course I just went to grab the link and they're on sale. I may have to buy a few for backup.