a daily learning and sharing program for moms and children at home
How Do the Games Encourage Learning?
Make and Create
The creative activities suggested in this program provide opportunity for your child to do most of the work, with emphasis on creativity, imagination and the process, rather than the appearance of the finished product. Of course, some craft skills, such as stitchery and weaving must be taught, however, for children younger than 5, providing the materials and a few suggestions is enough to spark the creative process.
Use New Words
Your child is learning at least 5 to 10 new words a day. Use descriptive vocabulary that may not have been heard before. It’s usually not necessary to explain meaning; the context in which it is used will do that. Every time the new word is used, will add an extra piece of the concept in your child’s mind.
Letters and Reading Readiness
This is a very large and complicated curriculum area, and very dependent on the developmental level of your child. Please check developmental checklists. In this program, I have suggested activities for letter and sound recognition, comprehension, rhyming, categorizing, memorizing, sequencing, and recognition of patterns.
Getting Ready to Write
I have suggested some activities for strengthening eye-hand co-ordination, and small muscle control.
Numbers, Reasoning and Predicting
Wow, what a fun curriculum area! Games, challenges, predictions, logical assumptions all prepare your child for the larger world of mathematics. Also included are activities for number recognition, organization of sets, and manipulating combinations of sets (plus, minus, simple multiplication).
Understanding How Things Work
This is the section about science and nature, including earth sciences, weather, physics, biology and astronomy. I have included some appropriate websites that give good background information for science concepts, and also some sites with activities for children. (in progress)
Sing a Song
The words to some songs and rhymes are given, as well as some ideas for creative
movement. I use songs and rhymes that have musical, traditional or educational merit. Although I have not included the tunes, most of them are universally known.
Read Some Great Stories
More to see ...
- Theme-a-Pedia - hundreds of printables and activities organized by theme
- Toddler Curriculum - for ages 18 to 36 months (over 1600 pages)
- KidSparkz themed activities packs, including the series "Theme Packs for Preschool". Plus letters, numbers, science, social studies, more...
- Pre-K Theme for a Day Series - a collection of low-cost downloadable mini teaching topics/units that are focused towards preschool and pre-K learners.
- 26 important things to do to encourage the love of reading in early childhood environments
- Creative Art Techniques - 70 open-ended creative art techniques for preschool that can be used for any theme
- Letters for Little Learners - an alphabet curriculum
- Free sets of theme flashcards