Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Preschool with toddlers

My friend was cleaning house for Lent and one of the items she wanted to give away was a box of preschool work sheets. They were the leftovers from several books. I had intended to be more structured and systematic in my approach to teaching Amanda how to read. But I can let that idea go. For now, I'm just pulling out a few worksheets a day and go through them with her using the pattern I learned in the Madsen Method which is what I had planned to use. We will go through program at some point to solidify her learning and fill in any gaps. Perhaps, when the toddlers are learning to read. Anyways, the pattern is to ask a question and then have the child repeat the answer with you. That way is doesn't matter if the worksheet I grab is something she doesn't know or can't do on her own.

If the worksheet is in black and white, when we're finished, she spends time coloring it on her own. If it has nice printed pictures, we cut them out. We had quite a collection of little cut out pictures so we spent some time gluing them. I gave each little girl a small paint cup with a little bit of glue and a brush. I initially tried to get them to paint on the backside and then flip it over to stick it to the page but that just didn't make sense to them. It was better to have them paint a spot on their paper and then put the picture on the glue spot. When the pictures were all used up, we were done.







After the pages dried, Amanda wrote letters on the papers and wanted to match up the letters with the objects. Then Tali had fun peeling of the pictures off her page. It was a fun and simple project that led to more learning and creative play. I have really been doubting my ability to get the schooling done with Amanda that she needs and wants so I'm happy to see progress in this area.

3 comments:

Salma @ Chasing Rainbow said...

neat...

snekcip said...

I think you are doing GREAT!!! I love this stage that Amanda and my Bre are in right now. They soak everything up like a sponge!! The other day Bre brought home a paper for a program that was be offered by an organization (sorry I can't remember what the name of it is) that helps teach or enhance a child's reading skills. I called the number instantly *because I felt the same way as you did* however, by the time I gather all the info, the TAB had already reached OVER 300.00 and that didnt include her books! I decided right then and there, who could better teach her than ME!!! I may not do it the traditional way, but I just went back to my "method" when my older kids were her age. I just wrote the things in the house on a INDEX CARD and taped them to things such as a chair, couch, table etc and made a trip to the library and found books with "beginner words" and books that contained some of the words in the house. She is starting to recognize some of the words already. I think we are mothers are the first TEACHERS that I child comes in contact. Afterall, it all begins at home! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK KATIE!!! I enjoy your blog immensely!!

Danielle said...

That looks like a lot of fun! I'm sure they're learning a lot and most importantly, learning that it's fun to learn. Good job!
I like your post about the new house. We're planning to make an offer tomorrow on a place. My biggest dream about that is that everything will be neat and tidy with a place for everything and everything in its place! It's a good goal, at least.