The beginning of school for our youngest learners is filled with lots of new experiences. Some of the things we learn are to listen, to cut, to clean up after ourselves and to be kind to our friends. All of these things will help them to be successful throughout their educational journey.
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Listening is such an important skill to develop. Not only listening to directions, but listening to sounds in words. What sound comes first? What sound comes last? How many parts do you hear in this word?
Let these Little Monsters help your students have fun working with:
Initial sounds - Students then say the names of the picture cards and place them on the mat that has the same beginning sound. This is not a sound symbol correlation activity. Students do not identify the letters that go with the beginning sounds, only match the pictures that have the same beginning sounds. There are 2 sets of picture cards, one set has a color coded border on each card to scaffold learning.
Syllables - In small group ask the students to move the marker as they say the word parts. In a literacy center, students say the words and cover the box with the appropriate number of syllables with a marker.
Rhyming - Students then match the rhyming picture cards in a pocket chart .
All activities are based on listening for sounds in words using picture cards. After introducing the concepts and the materials, these activities can be easily used by the children for independent practice.
Without well-developed fine motor skills, a child may have difficulty learning to write. Use these cutting practice sheets and play dough mat activities to help your young students have fun while they develop those important fine motor skills.
• 10 cutting practice sheets containing straight, slanted, angled and curved lines. The practice sheets are formatted in color on a whole page, or half page (to conserve ink while printing), and the same formats in black and white.
• 9 play dough mats that contain scenes from favorite fairy tales and nursery rhymes that need to be completed with play dough. For example, “Give Humpty Dumpty 2 eyes.” Or “Make a moon for the cow to jump over.” Playing with play dough builds up strength in all the hand muscles which makes them ready for pencil control later on.
• 8 four piece puzzles that are pictures from the fairy tales and nursery rhymes used for cutting practice and play dough mats. Playing with puzzles promotes fine motor development as well as problem solving skills.
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