ALPHABET NAME GAME

Have you ever wondered what letters you should teach your child first?  Teaching young children the letters in their names is a great way to introduce the alphabet. Young children need frequent practice to learn their ABC’s.  Using children’s name as a starting point for teaching letters will help motivate them.  After children are successful learning the letters in their name, choose other members of their family, friends, or pets.  You can even choose their favorite movie character.  Hint:  Think Frozen characters. Olaf is a great one!
Teaching Young Children the Letters in the Their Names
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MATCHING GAMES WITH ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT

ENVIRONMENTAL PRINT – WHAT IS IT?

Environmental print is everywhere!  Show any young child a picture of these labels: McDonald’s, Chickfila (mmmmm), Toys R Us, or Frozen and most will be able to read it.  Identifiable logos help build emergent literacy skills and provide young children with an “I Can Read” confidence.  Turning these logos into games is a wonderful way to learn and play.

Environmental Print Game
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SHAPES PRINTABLE GAME

Here is a fun children’s game for recognizing and naming shapes.  This game can be played individually or as a partner game. The shapes covered are circle, square, triangle, rectangle, oval, rhombus (diamond), and star. There is a free printable at the end of the post which has two versions.  You can choose either the diamond or the rhombus cards.

Have fun teaching shapes to your children with a fun printable game.
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IEP AND FAMILIES

Preparing for your child’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) can be emotionally draining for parents.  I know this firsthand because my youngest daughter has Down Syndrome, Diabetes, and Celiac Disease.  Not only were we advocating for educational goals, she also required having a health plan.

IEP Quote
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OUTSIDE WATER ACTIVITIES

Do you want a fun, easy way to build gross motor and fine motor skills in young children?  Take them outside, give them a paintbrush, add a small bowl or bucket or water, and let them paint!  Water painting is great for little ones and for children who have difficulty making strokes with writing tools.  My youngest daughter has Down Syndrome.  I will never forget when her occupational therapist took us outside and taught us how fun prewriting could be with a paintbrush and water.  Of course my older children loved it too!  And now I get to have fun all over again with my grandchildren.

Let’s talk about what is going on in this picture.  I’ve numbered each picture, so I could better explain how to support your child with this fun activity along with how it can strengthen fine motor, and gross motor skills.

M Chalk Paint Brush
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SIDEWALK CHALK ACTIVITIES

Here are some chalk activities that will promote fine motor, gross motor, prewriting, literacy, and math skills too.  I love to take my grandchildren outside to play with chalk.  There are so many different activities to do.  Exploring with chalk and water provides young children with sensory play.  Outside Fun Chalk [Read more…]