Let's Review What We Learned!
Wow! 6 weeks of learning and 5 weeks of new letters, sight words, and numbers to read and write. The time is flying. This seems like a good breaking point to review all these new concepts. Aa-Ee and 0-5. We also have worked on sight words: and, the, at, stop, and by.
Reviewing Sight Words
Finding Sight Words - I started off doing out usual find the sight word and circle it, then I wrote a series of sentences with the sight words heavily used (at least five times) on the dry erase board. I have her use a dry erase marker and circle the sight words. This week I wrote a few sentences using all the sight words we have learned. I said circle the words you remember learning and when she did I had her read them to me.
Dry Erase Word Writing - She loves the dry erase board so we also used it to also practice writing the sight words. I would write them stating each letter as I write it and she wrote the same word under it.
Writing Words - I remember in college I wrote out my notes over and over because their is something to be said about writing and how it helps commit to memory. I am hoping writing the sight words will allow her to remember the word along with how to spell.
Letter Work & Writing Review
Googley Eyed Letters - It is Halloween week and I thought this was a fun way of revisiting the shape of the letters we have learned. Lucy glued the googley eyes along the lines of the letters.
Letter Puzzle - I was going to weed out just the letters we went over but I decided to see how many letters she can properly match upper to lowercase. I found this for you on Amazon here if interested.
Wooden Letters - This was a featured deal of the day recently. I found it on Amazon here (still on sale!!) by mistake and I was really excited to get it. When it came in the mail I had my hands busy and Lucy was hyper so I was like look what I got for mommy school! (We call homeschool mommy school) Want to try it out before we use in class? She was excited and out of my hair and I could go back to feeding my baby but the excitement was short lived, she was confused how to use it (understandably) so I do caution this is not an independent manipulative for a 4 year old if that is what you are looking for. Unless, of course you have used it before the manipulative is best used one on one describing the shapes of the letter and finding said shapes to build the letter.
Connect the Dots - It's a classic and great for number recognition, counting, and making straight lines. Her biggest issue when she started was making the line from number to number straight she trailed a bit so the picture was always a tad off, but something that will improve over time.
Pastel Chalk Numbers - I have said it before and can not say it enough, to make writing (numbers or letters) engaging and fun you need to constantly change the what you are writing with and on!! In this case we used pastel chalk and she thought it was the coolest thing and wanted to write numbers all morning. I would just suggest numbers (that we have gone over) and she made them over and over. This set was bought from JoAnn Frabric a few years back when I was into creating with pastels but I found a similar one on Amazon here if interested.
Wooden Numbers - The set mentioned above is also good for number practice! So we did make a few numbers on it as well.