We’re on letter “X” in our preschool alphabet games. This week “X” is for xylophone. If you like FREE printables please like my Facebook page at: HappyandBlessedHome
This is our family’s version of a Tot school for my 35 month old son. We’re using a Montessori method of challenging little ones to learn by using their natural tendencies towards learning. You can read more about it on my Preschool Planning Post. On my planning post you can download a FREE planning chart and organizing chart.
The purpose of this tool is to help brainstorm new ideas on ways we can implement learning and I’m not using it like a checklist but more like a brainstorming tool. Some of the things we do during the week are also great for learning but were never planned.
I think that having tools like this mainly helps me to be more intentional about the time I spend with my little ones. There are 12 categories and each week I plan activities that help us to do at least one activity in each category. For this week (Letter “X”) here is a picture of our play table for the week.
I’ve been asked by a few moms how long it takes to do these activities. I’d say it’s anywhere from five to fifteen minutes per activity and I only do two or three a day. The rest is free play. Sometimes Peanut will take a real interest in something and spend more time at it, if he does, I let him lead. I’m just trying to introduce him to concepts and make it FUN. 😉
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NOW, back to our Preschool Alphabet Games…
Every day starts with character building and this week we’re focusing on “eXtra-effort”. We’re working with Peanut on sharing with his little brother so we always applaud him when he makes a little extra-effort to share. A great story on sharing is in John 6:1-14 where the young boy shares his loaves of fish and bread so we’ve been reading the story in “The Children’s Discovery Bible” by Cook Communications and talking about what it means to give a little extra and share.
Our set-up for our letter “X” study included flashcards of a xylophone, xerus (African ground squirrel), xeris (a type of wasp), an x-ray and an x-ray fish. We use “Hooked On phonics” flash cards and these “Go Fish” flashcards by School Educational Products. If you’re looking for a way to get inspired and organize your preschool activities, please check out my post: Preschool Planning Post.
Our favorite puzzle for teaching Peanut phonetic sounds is the “Sound Puzzle” by Melissa and Doug, click the image for more info.
Our theme for the week is xylophone. My youngest learned how to play the xylophone during this week’s study, you can watch the video: Playing the Xylophone to enjoy his cuteness.
We reviewed the sound the letter “X” makes and talked about the flashcards and the drawings I completed for this lesson a xylophone, x-ray fish, xerus, and xeris; . To download a FREE copy of the PDF slides of the Letter “X” click here: Letter “X”
The boys are also learning how to play “wrestling”. Here’s a cute pic of them having fun together.
Thank you for joining us on our journey through the alphabet. For me the letter “X” makes me think of the word “eXtrodinary”. What an extrordinary blessing it is to have these two precious children in my life!
I pray you are enjoying some eXtra-fun activities in your home this week!
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