After our three day introduction to PreK week, we jump right in to our About Me theme, along with some emphasis on the letter T. We also spend time working on recognizing the letters in our own names and the order. Although I have a letter of the week, we always do work with other letters during the week as well.
My students are familiar with the use of dot markers, but are not familiar with having to dot particular spots on a sheet or leaving some blank. I introduced my Alphabet Letter and Sound Search activity with students who chose to check it out. Since it was the first time doing an activity like this, I printed out the color clip art for letter T to place next to the sheet so students could just search for those to dot after finding the capital and lowercase T. These sheets, along with all of my alphabet activities, are found in the Alphabet Bundle as part of the letter books.
For some fine motor work, I got out my large push pin and cork boards. I used a smiley face from This Reading Mama’s About Me theme as well as the letter T page from this alphabet push pin set. I was very pleased with the endurance of my students with this center since I know that it can make preschool hands tired to work on these. I did make the smiley face half page sized to reduce the amount of poking needed.
Also in the This Reading Mama set were some cutting practice strips that I put out for scissor practice. I had students put the cut pieces into a separate bin so that we can use these later for making patterns or glue practice.
My students really enjoyed using the large legos last week in the block center, so I pulled out enough legos for them to make the first letter of their names as well as the letter T. I found the lego letter cards at Wildflower Ramblings. For this center some students made letters, but some just built with the legos. As the year goes on I will encourage students to do the suggested activity first before creating on their own.
Our sensory bin was filled with alphabet pasta, some green rice, and some foam alphabet letters. I used this pasta alphabet clip art to create each student’s name so they could find the letters of their names in the bin. I also made a sheet with the alphabet in order so they could search for alphabet letters.
My writing center this week was focused on recognizing if a letter was in a student’s name or not. I found a printable from Little Literacy Learners that we used with our letter stamps. I was pleased that just about every student chose to work on this center this week and were fairly successful in finding the sheet with their own name before starting stamping.
These are just a few of the activities we worked on this week in PreK. We also made our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Look Who’s In Our Room class book as well as creating self portrait dolls to remind us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made to go along with our Bible lesson.