We had a fantastic day in preschool today learning all about the letter A. In our morning class we talked all about opposites. We talked about black/white, wet/dry, hard/soft and many other opposites. Start pointing out opposites to your preschooler throughout your daily life. As we started learning about the letter A today we played on Starfall.com and played with the Amazing Action Alphabet. The army ants take away the alligators apple, making him very angry! Learning the letter A is the beginning of reading in preschool. It's the first time that kids put their reading skills to a real challenge. Write the word "at" or "am" on a piece of paper or a white board. Ask your child if they know how to read the word. Guide them to do the 4 things good readers do: Look, Point, Say, Listen. Some kids at this stage show that they need more work and play with the letters before they are ready to read and that is perfectly ok! Other kids are ready to start reading with a bang. You can quickly identify where your child is at in order to set reasonable goals. All children should be reading the A book 3x per night, regardless of if they have it memorized or if they are actually reading the text. Acting like a reader is being a reader!
We continued our theme of opposites with art where we colored with wet and dry chalk. Our math lesson is continuing on the counting and number sense topic. Each child came home with a ring of 4 cards and 4 clothes pins. They are to hold up one card and find the clothes pin with the same number of stickers. They attach the clothes pin to the card and then move on to the next card.
I encouraged the language, "One is the same as one. Two is the same as two." and so on.
In our afternoon class we explored the theme of Animal Friends with our new book, "Big Red Barn" (I think that's the title....). Regardless, it gave us a fantastic opportunity to read through the book looking for adult (capital) A's and princess a's. We also read about animals in our encyclopedias.
For math today we made our cards for "Compare" (alternately known as "War", but "Compare" sounds so much more appropriate for preschool....doesn't it?). Though we made the cards we didn't get past sorting them into sets, so PLEASE make sure the cards in the pocket in the binder come back to school on Wednesday. For math homework tonight your preschooler can find matching sets. Spread the cards all out and find both cards that have an equal number of stickers (8 is the same as 8) and stack pairs. If you're feeling adventurous you could teach how to play Compare. We will spend plenty of time playing it on Wednesday!