Igloos, inch-worms, insects – oh my! If you’ve been following along, it’s great to have you back this week. If you’re new – welcome to our preschool at home curriculum online. Did you know you can enrich your preschooler’s early childhood education with just a few simple preschool activities at home?
I’m an Early Childhood Education Teacher certified for preschool teaching in the US, and a Montessori practitioner for over five years. And if you are reading this online, you are joining us for my at home preschool program: Visual Montessori.
I spent over five years developing a preschool learning curriculum for my two boys and I used the principles of Montessori, and everything I’ve learned about childhood development, to create a preschool learning curriculum based upon the 12 Sensitive Periods for children between the ages of birth and six years old as outlined in Montessori.
If you want to enrich your preschooler’s early childhood education with preschool activities that will help them in the following areas: math, spatial, order, language, reading, character, music, writing, senses, small objects, movement, and potty-training; you are in the right place!
Three Ways to Engage with the HappyandBlessedHome.com Preschool at Home Learning Curriculum
There are three ways to join our family in our preschool at home efforts and all three are included in this post about the Letter A.
- Level 1: FREE – Sign up for my FREE Printables as a member of HappyandblessedHome.com. Whenever I send out a free printable, easy recipe, or idea for family fun, the post will go straight to your in-box. Plus, you always have access to these FREE 5 Packs of Alphabet Letter Printables whenever you visit me online.
- Level 2: Al la Carte – If you love the 5 Page Packs of Alphabet Printables, you will absolutely love the full packs with 30+ activities for each letter of the alphabet, you can purchase the complete 30+ Activity Packs online in my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.
- Level 3: Get the full curriculum, complete with training videos, lesson plans, resource guide, printables, and online support, sign up at VisualMontessori.com. For the latest coupon or sale price on the curriculum send an e-mail to support [at] visualmontessori [dot] com
5 FREE Preschool Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter I
Here I am sharing 5 FREE Preschool Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter I. It’s a sample pack from our family’s preschool at home program, Visual Montessori, based upon the 12 sensitive periods as outlined in Montessori.
If you enjoy the FREE 5 Preschool Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter I, you may also like the entire Letter I Printable Pack, it includes 30 activities focused on learning the letter “I” and short words that start with the letter “I”. Click here to purchase the entire Letter I Printable Pack online.
Download your copy of 5 FREE Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter I
To download your free copy of this 5 FREE Worksheets for Preschool Alphabet Letter I with 5 fun learning activities for preschoolers to help them learn about the Letter I. Simply click the yellow button below.
Preschool Curriculum featuring Preschool Alphabet Letter I
Sometimes it’s not easy to know if your child is ready to tackle the next step after learning their ABCs. If you would like to assess your preschooler’s readiness in the area of reading, I have a free chart in my post, Advancing Preschool Reading Behaviors.
If your child has shown an interest in reading and already knows their ABCs then this post is perfect for you. If you have children who are sitting up and pulling to a standing position, then you may enjoy our Letter I post from last year, which includes sensory ideas and set-up for an intro to the letter “I”, click here: Letter I, or our “Igloo Craft” post. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience
To do my lesson planning each week, I first look at the schedule for the week and then figure how I can incorporate some learning fun into our schedule. As I discussed in my Montessori planning post, a key element is to observe the child. My son enjoys painting, cutting, and glue; but he doesn’t like a lot of coloring. He likes sensory play – things like play doh and anything messy or sticky.
Montessori Preschool Lesson Plans
He loves it when I read to him but he is also very active and enjoys games and activities that are engaging. In my post on Montessori Planning I use Montessori guidelines to outline the key areas for focus when working with him. If you’re interested in Montessori, the post includes a planner and organizer to help you get started. I also created a vertical version of a Montessori planning chart for our Morning Board. I’ve attached the vertical versions below. Just click the image for a larger version that you can download and print at home.
In preparation, I spent some time on Pinterest looking for things that might be good for our letter I activities this week. I pinned everything that looked interesting. My goal is to create a board for each letter of the alphabet. Follow me on Pinterest if you want to get copied on all the resources and ideas that I discover via Pinterest. Honestly though, this printable pack includes 30+ activities, so you may not need to look for anything else online.
Reading is one of the 12 Sensitive Periods from Montessori
Reading is one of the 12 Sensitive Periods as outlined in Montessori. It’s one of our key focus areas in our at home preschool. A heavy emphasis is being placed on reading in our preschool at home efforts. If you’re looking for books for an emergent reader, I recommend:
- Pete the Cat: Pete’s Big Lunch (My First I Can Read)
- Cooking With the Cat (The Cat in the Hat: Step Into Reading, Step 1)
- Animal Babies (Rookie Ready to Learn: Seasons and Weather)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Carle – A children’s classic.
Start your Day with the Preschool Circle Time Morning Board
Our routine is to use the morning board about twice a week with lots of reading every day. The Morning Board helps cover key skills – how to read a calendar, how to tell time, count money, bible verse for the week, shape, color and number for the week. It includes some key life skills as well as basic math skills. I don’t expect any sort of mastery here – I’m just trying to introduce concepts to my son. During that time I also read a bible story. I will use various tools on the morning board for the entire year or until my son has mastered the skills. For a complete list of our morning board printables click here: Morning Board.
Teach Character in your at home Preschool
To supplement my plan, I also use God’s Little Explorers. Our letter I coincides with week 7 in GLE. In God’s Little Explorer’s the bible story for the week of letter I study is the story that includes insects (locusts to be exact). My favorite activity (used to emphasize the story of Moses and Pharaoh) is one where you make play-doh bricks and talk about how the Hebrew people were slaves and how they had to work hard at making bricks. Stacie has some wonderful ideas. Click here to learn more about God’s Little Explorers.
What’s Inside the Complete Letter I Printable Pack?
I’ve created a Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter I activity pack with an emphasis on vocabulary, reading and fine and gross motor activity. Click here to purchase the entire Letter I Printable Pack online.
- 12 Coloring Pages – you can use q-tips with paint, glitter-glue, play-doh, goo, goop, or whatever you like
- Letter I for sensory tracing
- Connect the Ice Cream Cones 2
- 0 flashcards with short words that start in “Ii”
- 4 Do-a-dot Pages
- Letter Ii with Ice Cream
- 5 Tracing Pages
- Igloo Craft
- Igloo Lace-Up Card
- Shapes Cutting and Matching
- Cutting Practice
- Align and Count
- Insects in the Jungle Game
- Dolch letter “I” sight words – focus on the shorter words first
Our Preschool at Home Journey
Our learning table set-up for the Letter “I”. My boys absolutely love this Mickey Mouse Table – given to us by my mom.
One of the fun sets of printables from the packet is the “Hide the insect in the jungle game.”
We attempted to paint the letter “I”. The boys are painting on our Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel. A gift from Nannie.
Games are always so much fun! Pretend you are an inch-worm. My 3 1/2 year old is crawling through the Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Tunnel. A gift from auntie Liz.
FREE Preschool Worksheets from my Preschool Alphabet Series
For each and every letter of the alphabet, you can access 5 FREE Preschool Worksheets for each letter of the alphabet. The worksheets are designed to illustrate what you can find in my printable packs online at TeachersPayTeaches. But if you truly want an awesome at home preschool experience, you’ll want to sign up for my online preschool at home program at VisualMontessori.com.
Moms who preschool at home with VisualMontessori.com gain access to 30+ training videos, 1,300 pages of printables that cover all 12 sensitive periods for learning from birth through age six, my Montessori preschool lesson plans, a resource guide for each and every letter of the alphabet, and online support.
Click through to gain access to 5 FREE Preschool Worksheets for each and every letter of the alphabet:
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter A
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter B
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter C
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter D
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter E
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter F
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter G
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter H
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter I
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter J
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter K
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter L
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter M
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter N
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter O
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter P
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter Q
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter R
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter S
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter T
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter U
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter V
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter W
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter X
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter Y
- Learn to Read Preschool Alphabet Letter Z
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