Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pete the Cat - A lesson for Reading and Math in Preschool

Nonsense words are so much fun with preschool kids.  They love the silliness with each word.  We have started our reading warm up with a list of nonsense words the last couple of days.  These CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words help kids to blend sounds together and improve their fluency.  We worked through our regular reading lessons afterwards and then had a group-reading at story time.  We read the book "Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons".  It's a fun whimsical book and it introduces the idea of subtraction - perfect for our lessons today.
 After reading the book together we headed off to write in our journals about it.  It wasn't hard to write a lot since they loved the story so much.  I was so proud of them and they loved sharing their work with their classmates.
After writing we reviewed the addition (plus) sign, equal sign, and the vocabulary that goes with basic addition.  We're working on the concept of equal meaning the same - so both sides of the equal sign have to have the same quantity.  We're using big vocabulary like "equation" and "number sentence" and talking about addition problems as story problems. We have made great strides with this building block in our math education!

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