In my first post about how you can make handwriting easier, I shared with you some simple activities to strengthen up those cute little fingers so a child will be able to successfully approach writing. Before I move on to explain forming letters with ease, there is one more activity I highly recommend for little hands....
As preschool teachers, we often find ourselves saying hilarious things that you would never imagine a grown up would need to say at work... It provides us with regular comic relief throughout our days for sure!
Since these statements bring us so many big smiles and giggles, I thought it would be fun to share them with you. Here is just a glimpse into some of the ridiculous things we find ourselves saying:
All kids need to eventually learn to write, but not all kids are naturally good at it! That's ok - there are plenty of activities to help with this. I am so glad you can join me for Part 1 of this series. Be sure to sign up with your email so you don't miss the rest...
Before you even show your child a worksheet or a pencil, there are some wonderful, simple, activities you can do to set them up for success.
The main goal of most of these activities is to work on hand strength. Without strong hands, handwriting will just be torture for everyone - so it's so very important to not skip this step!
One of the best (and simplest) hand strengthening activities that is kid and teacher approved is:
Preschoolers love songs! Not only do they love songs, but songs help them remember what you are trying to teach them. In our classroom, we teach a few preschool Spanish topics throughout the year. For each topic, we have a little song we sing.
Want to learn our theme song? You Are My Sunshine is a time-honored song that children and adults can all enjoy! We have developed these special hand movements and are excited to share them with others. This is a great song for all young children to learn. Enjoy!
Follow this link to watch it on YouTube:
Learning letter sounds is the first step to being able to read. Keeping it fun makes kids want to keep doing it!
In our preschool, we have great success with teaching letter sounds to kids by keeping it fun and making it like a game. Zoo-Phonics makes it simple because they have created letter cards with animals in the shape of the letters.
However, any letter cards will do. The most important part of the program is getting the kids to move while they make the sound. I am excited to share with our preschool families, and anyone else who wants to make learning letters fun, the motions we use in our preschool.
Follow this link to watch it on YouTube:
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Sometimes getting kids to line up nicely can feel like you are attempting to herd a bunch of cats. It's just not something they naturally want to do.
To make this sometimes daunting task easier, we like to use a chime or bell, sing a little song, and get the kids involved. Getting the kids to be "in charge" always seems to make any task go better.
Continuing on with our theme of kind children, I wanted to share with everyone a copy of our "Thanks Before Meals" poem. I really believe that teaching children to wait for everyone to eat, and to pause to be thankful, is so wonderful and important.
By having kids participate in saying thanks before they begin eating, you can easily teach them some wonderful manners. They need to be aware of everyone else around them before they can even begin the poem - it's wonderful!
This poem will easily work with anyone with any sort of background as you can choose who or what you are thanking!
We also do hand motions with it in class to really keep the little ones engaged. For food, we do a pretend getting food off a plate with a fork and eating it motion. The friends so sweet part is done by giving yourself a big hug. To make a bird, we cross over our thumbs and wiggle our fingers like bird wings. Finally, to represent love, we make a heart by putting our thumbs together and then curving our fingers around.
You can even choose one child who gets to start the thank you poem. We always give this job to our Student of the Week. Then, everyone says it together once that particular child begins it. If you are doing this at home, you can easily rotate nights or weeks also.!
Raising polite children may be work, but it will be so worth it in the end! Enjoy the print-ables for your own home or classroom in the links below. Feel free to pass our little poem along, too! xoxo
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