What is Preschool Prep?
Do you have a young child or two who has outgrown Tot School and is ready for Preschool? Have you looked at all the free online choices during your preschool preparation? Does thinking about preschool curriculum make your head spin? Well, I know that the amount of free “Letter of the Week” and “Themed” curriculum is astounding.
I am creating the Preschool Prep series to help other moms and caregivers out! I have spent lots of time researching and planning for Preschool for Lil’ Red and I want to pass on this wealth of knowledge and resources to my readers!
I plan to share a variety of ideas and ways to prepare yourself, your environment, and your child for preschool in a multi-part series. I could create a super long and over whelming post with tons and tons of ideas, but I do not want to add frustration to your Preschool Prep situation. I want to share ideas for learning letters, numbers, colors, shapes, name recognition, character studies, etc. I will share with you very simple activities you can create yourself or some items you could look for during garage sale season. I am hoping to lessen your time and the amount of money you spend by sharing what I am doing.
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Preschool Prep: Learning Letters
Learning letters can mean a wide variety of things to each and every parent or teacher. You may want to focus on why your child needs to learn their letters. The obvious to recognize their name. The not-so-obvious to allow them to feel the sense of accomplishment in learning something new!
One Way to learn via hands-on: We’ve had a foam alphabet puzzle out on our preschool shelf for a while that Lil’ Red calls a game. He took great pleasure in popping out the letters and putting them back in. Then one day his Papa came over and it changed the whole game. Lil’ Red asked Papa to play with his puzzle. They put a few letters in taking turns and Papa began to ask, “What letter is this? Do you know what sound it makes?” Some Lil’ Red knew the letters and most he did not know the sound of. (This all being right before he turned 3! I will have to put a disclaimer saying we really had not focused on a letter of the week or been through the alphabet. We were not really working on the alphabet as we could have/should have been!)
We also bought wooden pattern blocks after seeing them used on Confession of a Homeschooler and printing off her free Alphabet Block sheets!
One Way to learn via video: Step in LeapFrog’s Scout & Friends movies on Netflix! Oh, my goodness does my boy love those movies! He now signs the A,E,I,O,U song and what sound’s the letters make after watching LeapFrog: Phonics Farm over and over. It is super cute to hear him say, “B, b. B makes the buh sound.” He goes around the house and spots a letter or goes back to that same foam puzzle! He even remembers the animals that go with the letters and sounds from the movie. So every once in a while you just might be called a “Sad Seal” or “Whiny Walrus” or “Noisy Newt”!
Tons of Letter Activities Offered:
Making Learning Fun -dot-to-dot, assessment, highway abc’s, writing pages, coloring pages, magnet pages, geoboards, pattern block cards, etc.
A through Z Lap-n-Note from Homeschool Share
Uppercase and Lower Case:
American Sign Language:
Homeschool Creations Sign Language Cards
Moms Have Questions Too-Learn How to Write Letters with Sensory Activities
Confessions of a Homeschooler- Pattern Block Printables
Games and Active Activities:
No Time For Flash Cards- lowercase crafts & uppercase crafts
See Vanessa Craft- Alphabet Balloons
Things to Make:
Buggy and Buddy- Stuffed Felt Letters and Letter Stones
Check out other posts within the Preschool Prep Series:
Preschool Prep: Science and Nature
Chelsey @BuggyandBuddy says
What a great roundup of hands-on letter learning! Thanks so much for including our felt letters!
Thanks for stopping by, Chelsey! Glad to have you included:)
Merissa @ Little House Living says
I’m pinning this. It will come in handy next year!
Kay Kathleen says
Wow, what a great wealth of information!! I will love coming here when it’s my little girl’s turn for preschool prep!! Thank you!!