As a preschool teacher/director for a rambunctious group of three to five year olds it is a challenge at times to make sure the children are progressing toward kindergarten. I accepted this challenge whole heartedly!
In my preschool we work on a letter a week. Each day we attack it with a different theme, a different word, a different craft and activities to support the letter. Therefor, I am always on the lookout for little games and filler activities I can add here and there to help propel those children that are making great strides, and help the ones that need a little more one on one.
Quite a few of our older 4’s and younger 5’s do not take a nap during rest time. The challenge is to keep them entertained and somewhat quiet. With this game I can play one on one with one child, or two children in tandem. It can be played with children of various pre-reading skills, during rest time, table time, or if a couple have finished an activity early. I have discovered there are three main academic levels in my class, I tend to set up the game based on these levels:
With younger 4’s, and those in need of building their pre-reading skills, I lay out the picture cards in front of the child. I let the child explore the pictures on their own before I interrupt. Then we go over the pictures together. Next, if the child is still interested I introduce the word cards. I read the card and have the child find the picture. I continue with the child until the interest is gone.
With older 4’s, and those with emerging pre-reading skills, I once again lay the picture cards out in front of the child. I let them explore the photographs on their own. Then, I lay the word cards out explaining that each of the photographs have a corresponding word card. As I set the card down I read the card, and ask the child to point to the photograph. When all the cards have been placed in front of the child, I ask the child if there are any words that they can place on the correct photograph. Once the child can no longer make any matches on their own, we work together as I read the card asking the child place it on the photograph. Again, we continue until the child looses interest.
With those children that are eagerly reading some words and have a strong phonetic skill set I lay out either one or both cards. After the child explores the photographs, I lay out the word cards. I ask the child if there are any words they recognize and can easily match. We continue this way with the child making all the moves until the game is either complete, or there are signs that the child needs my interjection. We continue until the child looses interest.
Thank you for purchasing this activity. I do hope you enjoy this game, and find it an enjoyable addition to your curriculum. I will be adding all the consonants, followed by the vowels. Please follow my blog to find out the latest information.