Having a two year old during the Halloween season is amazing. We have been having so much fun decorating and putting “ah-oh-ween” everywhere.
Today we put up spiderwebs on the porch and the little girl helped to attach the little black spiders all over it. She was more interested on sitting on the pumpkins we got over the weekend but it was still fun.
Our crafty activity today was using foam stickers of face parts and putting them on cut-out foam pumpkins. We have some crazy looking jack-o-lanterns in our window!
Activity ( letter recognition, name knowledge):
While the little girl was in bed last night I cut out some small pumpkins from orange construction paper and wrote a letter of her name on each one. We will mix them up and arrange them correctly so they spell her name. She will be able to play with them for a few days and eventually we will glue them on a paper with a fence and learn the song 5 little pumpkins. The little girl’s name is only four letters so there will be an extra to add on. 🙂
Decorations, crafts and treats. So much to do. The most exciting part for me is how much she has been enjoying the Halloween books I pulled out for her. We read a “ah-oh-ween” book every night!
Here are her favorites:
Froggy’s Halloween by Jonathon London
It’s Pumpkin Time
by Zoe Hall
On Halloween Night by Harriet Ziefert
One of the Pre K objectives in TX was being able to recognize 20 letters by the end of the school year. The majority of the kids that came through my classroom during my 9 years teaching started the year knowing 0-2 letters at the age of four. That is very low but thankfully I was able to get most up to or close to the objective.
I was not a drill and kill teacher, Prekindergarten should be fun and learning at this age and younger should happen through play. There are so many crafts, games, songs and rhymes that can be used with your kids starting pretty young that will help them learn letters.
|Finding O’s on the plaque
To a toddler, finding letters is fun! The little girl knows three letters, o e and a. She delights in finding these letters everywhere we go- park benches are her favorite. ‘O’ is most definitely her favorite letter but I wanted to get her as excited for the first letter in her name.
Today, I decided to pull an activity that I used to do the first week of school, with some modifications, of course. I gave the little girl a cardboard E that I cut out from one of the many boxes that we have. She decorated it with markers and stickers (all things that begin with E). During the whole process I just continuously talked about the letter and all the different stickers. She loved it.
Markers! Stickers! A big letter to put in her room and play with!
Please note, that there is nothing here about associating letters to their sounds. We are just playing with letters here. 🙂
First posted on MariReads.
Hoping this will be a place to share teaching strategies and fun kid activities. Right now, It will be a little silent until I figure out what to do with it. 🙂
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