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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A Fun Way to Learn Letter Patterns in Your Name

While working in a Developmental Preschool Classroom, I noticed the center in which students work on letter formation.  That doesn't sound like much fun, but the teacher was working hard to make it as enjoyable as possible.  

Just imagine a young boy trying to learn how to spell his name...
 C H R I S T O P H E R.

Since the next thematic unit is transportation, I decided to make him a special surprise. 
His very own parking lot with lettered cars.  
As he drives the cars into the parking spaces, he will be repeating this letter pattern in a fun way.
 Here is the parking lot, complete with individual parking spots for each car. 

I hope it makes 
F U N !

By the way, I don't want you to think this activity is only for boys.
I made a parking garage for 


Monday, January 29, 2018

"Think Out Loud Cap" to Promote Verbal Language Development in Children.

These materials were used in a Developmental Preschool that encouraged students to verbalize their thoughts to promote language growth. 

 That is the reason for the “Think Out Loud Cap.”  When I modeled thinking out loud and sharing my thoughts, I would put on the “Think Out Loud Cap.”  My plan was to concretely show student how to share their thoughts and ideas.
 I wanted more details!
Now, I couldn't have every student wear a hat like this, or share my hat with the speaker because of head lice concerns.  So I made a laminated  “Think Out Loud Cap” Card. 
 The students were encouraged to think out loud when I  handed  them the laminated “I am thinking” card. 

By the way, the blank cap was purchased at Hobby Lobby for about $2.50.  It actually had head breathing holes sewn in the fabric and that is how I stuck the pipe cleaners out through the hat.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Proper Nouns All About You

 I've been tutoring a 2nd Grader and a 3rd Grader in writing. 
We have been editing our writing and that lead to a short lesson about Proper Nouns.  I created this worksheet to create a connection between themselves and Proper Nouns.  I think it made a difference, so I thought I would share it with you.  
Let me know, in the comment section, if it helped your students or not.        

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