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Today I had the joy of teaching concepts of print to my three-year-old.
Concepts of print. Sounds real exciting, huh?
To a three-year-old, you bet it is!
I chose an activity from my giant All About Me Theme pack.
First, we pinned our pocket chart up on the bulletin board. This handy tool is left from my teaching days, and I’m thrilled I get to pull it out to use with my own kids!
Next, I pulled out all the words I had printed and cut out from the download you’ll find at the end of this post. My Three helped me sort the cards by those with pictures and those without. (You can see the little hand of my 19-month-old, who wasn’t about to be left out!)
In the download you’ll find a variety of options for building sentences. This time I decided we would build five simple sentences.
“I can see the…”
“I can smell the…”
“I can touch the…”
“I can taste the…”
“I can hear the…”
For each sentence, my Three helped me find each word.
(Meanwhile, my One was staying busy in her own way!)
He was able to find the words “I” and “can” without any trouble. He knows the letter I, of course (thanks to our letter of the week curriculum!), and could find “can” by the sound /k/. I helped him find the other words. He chose which picture card to put at the end of each sentence.
This was the fun part! After we built the sentences, I pulled out our brand new pointers (which we LOVE – so glad I ordered the long ones!), and he pointed to teach word as he “read” it. I put read in quotes there because he really does not know these words in isolation.
But you can bet I made a big deal out of what a great reader he is! By pointing to each word and naming it, he is learning SO much.
- Print goes from left to right.
- Each word you speak matches a single word of print.
- Sometimes the beginning letter will help you figure out a word.
- Sentences have to make sense.
When we had built all the sentences, he read through them a number of times. And later, when Daddy came home, he remembered them and read them again.
And Little Miss Copycat had her turn too!
Our learning didn’t stop there. I pulled out my collection of nonfiction readers from my All About Me theme pack. The pack includes ten books about the five senses! He pointed to each word as he read.
(And my One grabbed each book as he finished it.)
He really enjoyed this quick five senses game, also from my All About Me theme pack.
And I can’t tell you how much he has been loving these syllable count cards! They include each picture from the sentence strips. I printed, laminated, and cut apart the cards. Then I put them on a metal ring. He says each word slowly and points to the black dots as he says each syllable.
This is so important for pre-reading – and I’m thrilled at how much he loves it. “I’m a good reader, Mom!”
Here’s one more (but not the last!) five senses activity in our theme pack. He did these a few weeks ago – clipping the sense he’d use for learning about each object.
We hope you enjoy our pocket chart sentences for the five senses!
And if you’d like everything in the post (plus way more!) be sure to order our All About Me theme pack for preschool and kindergarten!
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