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Learning the ABC’s

Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

March 14, 2012
Published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children’s Beacon

I was thrilled to see my article for beginning readers was published in Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children Beacon newsletter. My article is titled, “Ignite the Love of Reading“. Let me know what you think. I will be speaking at their annual conference in Grand Rapids on Saturday, March 31 and...
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Blank Dot-to-Dot Leap Year Frog!

February 29, 2012
Blank Dot-to-Dot Leap Year Frog!

Dot-to-Dot Leap Year fun! I was going to fill in the dots to count by 4 (for every 4 years for a leap year) but my teaching partner thought to use it also for some of her students that need reinforcing counting by 2’s.  So I left it blank so you can use it...
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ABC Books

November 29, 2009
ABC Books

  ABC Books Fill your child’s world with books including ABC books. Read to them daily and often. Have books on tape available so they can listen to a story over and over again as they want to in order to absorb the vocabulary and the rhythm of the words. When reading an ABC...
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ABC Tracing Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Tracing Activities

Give your child an opportunity to trace letters in a variety of mediums. Not only will it help to imbed the motion in their brain, it will be fun! Here are some ideas that you can use: Similar to many of the activities you can find for practicing spelling words, your child can practicing...
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ABC Re-enforcement Activities

November 29, 2009
ABC Re-enforcement Activities

The following are activities that use a variety of learning styles. Finding out which one your child enjoys doing and helps them retain the information is half of the fun. In the car: When driving around town, you can play the classic car game of spotting the letters in the alphabet or just focus...
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Playing ABC Dominoes!

November 29, 2009
Playing ABC Dominoes!

Playing ABC Dominoes Match the upper case letters to the lower case letters. Materials: dominoes or old business cards print out of letters of the alphabet word doc or PDF 2 sets upper case 2 sets lower case tape scissors Make the Dominoes Print out 2 sets the letters of the alphabet in upper...
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Have fun playing Matching ABC!

November 24, 2009
Have fun playing Matching ABC!

Matching Games are fun and simple to make. Remember don’t overwhelm your child by putting out all 26 letters to match at once. Begin with 1 or 2 that they don’t know along with 2 or 3 that they do. Materials: old business cards, 3×5 cards cut in half or card stock markers, letters...
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Making Your Own Letter Game Board!

November 24, 2009
Making Your Own Letter Game Board!

Letter Matching Game Materials: cardboard or pizza board spring hinged clothespins markers stickers wrapping paper 1. Cut the cardboard in the shape of a circle (16″ in diameter) or use a pizza board. Pizza boards can be purchased at a local craft store or just ask your favorite pizza place if you can purchase...
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Listening to ABC Songs Together

November 24, 2009
Listening to ABC Songs Together

Singing the ABC song as you go about your day with your child singing along with you will help them become familiar with the letters. Youtube has some fun alphabet song videos to watch: Elmo sings the alphabet song from Sesame Street Alphabet Song. Let’s sing with TOONBO There are other ABC songs on...
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Name Game with Scrambled Letters

November 20, 2009
Name Game with Scrambled Letters

Children want to know how to spell their own names, so scramble the letters of their name and make it a game to put them in order. Materials – cards with letters (store bought or homemade) – your child’s name written down Give your child the letters in their name all scrambled up and...
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