Using Process Art Alphabet Crafts in Preschool

Teaching letter recognition is a key focus during the preschool years, but there are so many engaging ways to teach the alphabet. We previously shared how we use alphabet mats in various ways over and over again. There are also times we print out our letter mats and use them for single-use projects. One thing we love to do is make process art alphabet crafts. Wait. Yep, right there. I did hear a few gasps from you. Some of you {Read More}

Ways to Use Alphabet Mats for Letter Recognition

When kids show signs of readiness for learning the alphabet, it’s helpful to introduce them to letters in a hands-on way. One of the ways we like to teach the alphabet is to use letter mats. These printable mats can be used for a wide variety of activities. Some of the activities are for one-time use like creating process art and making collages. Other activities can be reused. These activities are very handy for busy teachers and moms teaching preschool at {Read More}

Candy Heart Play Dough Sight Word Play

We do a lot of open-ended play dough invitations, but sometimes I like to combine our sensory play with a specific learning goal. Both of my kids have sight words and spelling words they are required to practice each week, so we come up with a lot of fun ways to do that. If your little ones are learning sight words, use these free printable sight word cards and this candy heart play dough invitation to practice spelling sight words {Read More}

ABC Sensory Bins

Exposing preschoolers to the alphabet is an essential part of early childhood learning.  In my classroom and at home, I like to encourage this in an exploratory hands-on way.  An ABC sensory bin can provide this and so much more.  One of the best added benefits to sensory bin exploration is strengthening fine motor and vocabulary skills and letting those imaginations grow!     ABC Sensory Bins When practicing the alphabet, there are a variety of extensions to build upon {Read More}

Name Recognition Scramble

Learning to recognize and spell your name is an exciting mastery skill for a preschooler. In fact, it’s the best place to start when beginning to introduce letters as the letters in their name make up a very special part of who they are. My preschooler jumps up and down with sheer pride and joy when she sees her name. We recently found a fun way to take our name practice outside, and it has been a big hit! This {Read More}

Seashell Sight Word Practice

“Ugh, do I haaaave to practice my sight words?!” “Can’t we do it later?” Is that what you hear when you try to get your kids to do a little school work over the summer? But there you are staring at that list of words your child’s school sent home for you to remember, so why not make it so fun they’ll be asking you to practice those sight words? This seashell activity is terrific for sight words that preschoolers {Read More}

Best Books for Beginning Readers

Once children show an interest in learning to read it can be a little overwhelming to try to find just right books for beginning readers. If you’ve ever browsed the shelves and looked at different books all named level 1, you’ll quickly see that there is a significant difference between the reading levels. It takes a little research to help find the very best books for kids just learning to read independently. This quick reference guide outlines ways to know if a {Read More}

Play Dough Writing Tray

During the preschool years it’s helpful to provide kids with a variety of ways to practice writing. And it can be fun to think past pencil and paper and use different materials. Here we show how a play dough writing tray can be used to practice writing letters, sight words, spelling words and more. To set up this play dough writing tray we used rolled out three sections of play dough and set them out next to some tools that {Read More}

Frog Hop Blending Words

As kids learn the sounds that letters represent, they can begin to blend sounds together to make words. It can be helpful to do this in a concrete way. We decided to do a frog hop to practice blending words. It’s a great spring activity for a frog theme or a pond theme. To prepare this activity, I grabbed a small piece of drift wood, the frog from our life cycle set (affiliate link), green construction paper cut into lily pad {Read More}

Pot of Gold Sight Words St. Patrick’s Day Activity

Are your kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day? Mine are already asking when we’ll do our next St. Patrick’s Day activity and discussing how they’ll design their leprechaun traps this year to be sure to catch that little leprechaun. To channel some of that enthusiasm into our school time I decided to make little pots of ABC gold for the girls to use when practicing their sight words and spelling lists. Materials Black pots (Affiliate link) Gold coins (We purchased ours {Read More}