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A huge thanks to Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) for providing us with their Experience Preschool curriculum for free in exchange for sharing our honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. It’s been such a huge blessing to us! As always, my opinions on awesome stuff for little kids are 100% my own.
Keep in mind that all preschoolers do things in their own time and on their own terms. What one is ready for, another might not be. Please use your best mama judgement when planning activities for your little kids.
There are quite a few things that we can always look forward to from Mother Goose Time. Each month, we get a couple of letter cookie cutters, 2 sets of manipulatives, and a storybook. We also get letter cards for the letter that we’re focusing on for the month. Today, I thought I’d share a few ideas for using some of this stuff to create awesome language & literacy activities.
Building Letters with Link Strips
I thought I’d be fun to build letters using the link strips that came with our curriculum kit. Of course if you didn’t get the link strips, you could also use craft sticks.
Each month, I laminate our letter cards. Not only can the little guy use them just like flashcards, but we can also use them as Play-Doh mats.
I love that we can do so many fun things with the materials from Mother Goose Time along with what we already have around the house.
We took turns using the link strips to create letters on our letter cards. I sat with the little guy and explained how to build each letter. I would tell him that “T is one line down and another line across,” as I traced it with my finger. “Can you make a T too?”
We went through each of the letters that we’ve worked on thus far. And one at a time, we built them with our link strips.
Sometimes, it takes a few tries. Other times, it’s instant. The little guy is always so proud of himself any time he learns something new, though. And this activity was definitely no exception.
Exploring Letters with Play-Doh
We also spent some time exploring letters using Play-Doh and our cookie cutters.
Each week, we review letters. Most of the time, the little guy can recognize all of the letters that we’ve worked on. We’re also starting to work on adding the sounds as we’re talking about each letter.
These days, he can pick up a letter and tell me what it is. Sometimes, he knows the letter sound too. And occasionally, he can tell me something that begins with that letter.
Watching the little guy grow and learn has been nothing less than amazing. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What an awesome start to a few very important early reading skills, don’t ya think?
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