learning letters and colors?
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Erin - posted on 01/08/2010
I'm a kindergarten teacher in a "not so good area". The kids don't have books at home and most of the parents work double shifts or don't speak English. I'm sure you can figure out that their children came to school knowing next to nothing. By the end of the year my students knew 80 site words, wrote 6 sentences, added/subtracted, etc. My most successful method of teaching the letters and sounds is the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD. I swear by this DVD and so do many many kindergarten teachers. I also send the DVD home with some students since the parents don't help or can't help them. It is very fun and the best educational DVD I have ever used. Garanteed to work and your child will love it. Have them watch it multiple times, not just once. Hope this helps!
Traci - posted on 01/16/2009
When my kids were young, we'd have "Color Week." We'd choose a color and make it the special color of the week. We'd point out that color everywhere we went, wear clothes in that color, and even make crafts or collages using items only in that color.
One thing they loved to do was make a meal using foods of only that color (sometimes cheating with food coloring). They helped me think of foods and prepare the meal, usually lunch. For example, on "red" week, we might have toast with red jelly for breakfast, spaghetti with red sauce for lunch, and red meat and red potatoes for dinner. We'd also get in some good discussions. Why is this meat called 'red meat?' How are 'red potatoes' different from Idaho potatoes?
I have two boys so "Pink Week" was a challenge but they enjoyed pink lemonade, pink cupcakes, and pink cotton candy as a celebration for the end of Pink Week. =)
Debbie - posted on 01/13/2009
colors,,,, when I was out or around the house pick something out that is colorful, make it a game say things like I see something you can't see and it is red.... have the child look for things that are that color... it's fun exspecially in the car! letters go to walmart and pick up the pre-school workbooks that they can trace the letters... don't rush them though but say things like hey if you can trace these letters and have them learn the letters 1st in their name! let me know thks
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Anne - posted on 09/25/2010
Both my kids are loving the worksheets I got at http://www.worksheetsforpreschool.com they cover everything, in a nice step-by-step method, and we can do two or three a week without taking up too much time. As everyone else has mentioned, you can make learning about colors and letters fun by playing 'color treasure hunt' and 'find the letter' - there are loads of games you can make up to help them learn. What I liked about the worksheets was that by the time my eldest went to school, she was quite used to sitting and doing a 'task' - some kids struggle with that!
Stacey - posted on 02/19/2009
My son struggles with his letter recognition. His teacher has been working with him and has given us worksheets to do at home. We also brought him to the eye doctor and discovered that his eyes don't track well (moving eyes side to side with moving his head). He has glasses. I buy all the educational toys, puzzles, and writing tools and still he stuggled. Sometimes the stuggles are not from lack of practice or teaching but from not seeing properly. We are still working with our son to get caught up, hopefully he will end Kindergarten at the appropriate reading level. If not we may put him into a reading program over the summer.
Crystal - posted on 02/08/2009
highly reccommend Jump start computer programmes my daughter loves themthey have them for every age range and from babies right up to Grade 7 I've found so far. The alphabet one has really helped my daughter with her pronouciation of her letters and best of all she enjoys playing the games, I love it becasue she's learning while having fun!
What I did with my son was everyday when we walked up stairs I would count. When we took a walk I would sing the alphabet. I started this very young so when he was talking he would count and sing the alphabet. The colors was hard on him. He learned them at 3 years old.
Rachel - posted on 01/13/2009
Incorporate colors into their everyday life. Example- Let's play with the red ball or bring my your black shoes. You can do this even at a young age in simple conversation that you are having with your child.
Always try to make it fun !!!
Kathi - posted on 01/12/2009
I agree with the recommendation of The Letter Factory video. My kids LOVE it and my daughter is now reading at a second grade level. My 3-yr old asks for the video often and knows most of the alphabet now. I'd go even further to say the other videos are great too - Talking Words Factory, Storybook something (I forget the exact name) and Math Circus.
Lucia - posted on 01/12/2009
Teach without teaching!!
Use describing words for everything - wherever you are - every day! When you're going for a walk for example, point out the RED stop sign. When you're getting them dressed, ask them to choose from the BLUE shirt or GREEN shirt.
As far as the letters go, point them out as well in your daily activities. In another thread, I also recommended The Letter Factory video from LeapFrog. It teaches letter recognition and sounds in a fun, interactive way!!
Michelle - posted on 12/17/2008
My 2 girls have always been interested in books/toys that are educational in teaching kindergarten concepts. My son...not so much. He was much more interested in his own imaginary world & play. He needed a more direct teaching strategy. I kept flashcards in the car and would show them when we were at stoplights or waiting in carline. His goal was to get at least one more right than the last time we did them & if he did, i made a big deal about it & gave him a little treat. This worked for him. It doesn't work for my youngest... :) All kids are different!
Julie - posted on 12/17/2008
I taught my oldest (she is now 18) her colors with M&Ms.
The last three were just naturally curious about their surroundings.
Kids usually will begin noticing the difference in objects on their own. Like size, color, shape, and amount. Then you will hear them making comments about them. Just confirm or correct gently when you hear them do it. Also, make educational toys available for them. You can get small containers of blocks or animals that come in a variety of colors in the school supply isle. You can help them sort these by size shape or color, or even by animal type.
Katie - posted on 11/24/2008
My son's Kindergarten teacher makes up awesome songs for learning different things. She made up a cute one for learning the letters of the alphabet along with the sounds the letters make. She also has great little songs about all of the colors and how to spell them. If you would like them I could email them to you. Let me know...
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