Why We’re Loving Word Puzzles for Building Pre-Reading Skills in Our Preschool Homeschool

collage of letter mats and cookie cutters with text overlay: Why We're Loving Word Puzzles Pre-Reading Skills

September was all kinds of awesome around here and we’re just about ready to wrap things up with our My Amazing Body theme. Next month, the focus is on Weather All Around Us and we can’t wait to get started.

In the meantime, we’ve been being very intentional about building pre-reading skills in our preschool homeschool this year and we’re finding lots of fun resources to help us do just that.

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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. 

One of the things I found in both our September and October boxes were word puzzles for building pre-reading skills and we’re totally loving them as we start working more on learning to read. So far, we have about a half-dozen.

preschooler holding up letter cookie cutter
Last year, we focused on letters + letter sounds. This year, it’s all about putting everything together. You know, that’s what makes these so helpful is that we’re using what we’ve already learned.

This week, we spent some time working with just a few of the word puzzles. I gave the little guy our alphabet cookie cutters from last year and we practiced building -at and -ad words and then sounding them out.

preschooler holding letter cookie cutter
We love activities like this that are hands-on. And you know what? These word puzzles are definitely great for kinesthetic learners like the little guy. I can’t wait to continue adding to our collection so that we can build even more words together.

preschooler matching letter mats and cookie cutters
Mother Goose Time is always inspiring us to do things that are somewhat out of the box. So many of the activities that we’ve done in the last year or so, I never would’ve thought of on my own.

Don’t forget to check back if you’re interested in seeing what we’re up to with our Weather All Around Us theme. 

Looking for more insight & inspiration? Here are the top 10 most popular posts from The Keeper of the Memories. You’re definitely not going to want to miss these!

Mother Goose Time Blog Ambassador badge with children playingAs a Mother Goose Time blog ambassador, I receive the Mother Goose Time Preschool curriculum in exchange for my honest and authentic stories resulting from our personal experiences. 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. #mgtblogger

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