Below is an activity guest post from the lovely Jessica from www.education.com. Their website is full of brilliant and inventive learning resources for reading games which include matching words to pictures, stories, the alphabet, to name a few. There are so many to choose from and they are all so colourful and fun to do! They also have other learning resources such as lesson plans, workbooks/sheets, games etc. I find that the reading/letter games are perfect for mammies (or teachers) to work on at home with their little ones. But there are options for a variety of ages groups and abilities. The activity below is aimed towards younger children. I haven’t tried it yet with Ruby, but I definitely will be as it is right up my ally. I love to do activities like this with Ruby. I will also be a useful one to add to my Montessori class resources!
ACTIVITY: Make a Letter-Sound Book
A is for apple, B is for bear, C is for…Craft this funky picture book to help your little pre-schooler to practice identifying the sounds that letters make!
In pre-school, children are constantly practising the different sounds that letters make. Give Dora a run for her money by inviting your child to become an explorer in search of objects that begin with the letters in his/her name. Take some snap shots of different objects, and compile a personalised picture book that your child can use over and over again to practice their letters and the sounds they make!
What You Need:
Several sheets of 8 1/2″ x 11″ card stock paper
Small (1×4″) address labels
What You Do:
Lay a piece of card horizontally, and invite your child to write his first name in big block letters across the top. Then glue a photo of your child underneath and let him finish the effect with any border decorations.
Pull out the card stock, one piece for each letter in his name. Have your child write one letter, nice and big, at the top right hand of each page.
Now you’re ready to explore! Take a camera for a trip around the neighbourhood, the local park, or the zoo and encourage your child to point out any object that begins with a letter in his name. Take shots of a school for “s”, a tree for “t”, an car for “c”, a bird for “b”, etc. What you find depends on where you do your exploring. Who knows? You might find something silly, unusual, or exotic! Aim for at least two pictures for each letter page.
Print the photos, and then help your child sort them by what letter they begin with.
Trim and glue each picture down on the appropriate page. For example, if your child’s name has a “d” in it, paste the picture you snapped of the dog onto the “d” page.
Write the name of each object next to the picture. If your child can do this writing, that’s great! But don’t push it; it’s also fine for him to dictate to you. Be sure to read out loud each letter as you write it down.
Assemble the pages in order. Use the hole punch to poke a few holes on the left edge of the pages, and tie them together with yarn. You’ll end up with a gorgeous piece of work that’s personalised just for your child! Read it together to practice his letters and sounds.
Ruby is at that stage where she wants to be up doing what everyone else is doing or being carried around all the time. If its not that, she wants you to be down beside her 24/7 playing. I had heard about toddler learning towers, which toddlers can use to access the kitchen counter top or table in order to take part in baking activities etc. It’s safe too, as you don’t have to worry about your little one falling off, but obviously you shouldn’t leave them unattended whilst they are on it.
I looked into buying one but the prices were too high! So I took to Pinterest and came across a link to a fabulous website called www.happygreyluckly.com. It was here that I came across her brilliant IKEA hack for a toddler learning tower using the IKEA BEKVAM step stool. Now, I am by no means a DIY goddess, I’ve never even used an electric drill (which you really should used for this project), so unfortunately, I cannot take the credit for putting the learning tower together. It was my other half Andy who did all of the DIY work, after I sent him the website link and asked (very nicely), if he would put it together for Ruby. I think he did a wonderful job!! The only part I had in this was painting it afterwards and taking some pictures! So we headed off to IKEA and picked up our own BEKVAM step stool and followed the step by step instructions on the site.