This week we are focusing on the letter d in our homeschool preschool. Learning the alphabet well is a great stepping stone to reading. There are many fun ways to start. Here are a few of the ways that I taught the alphabet.
Books Focused on Homeschool Preschool Letter D
Books to read and discuss are a lot of fun for preschoolers. For me, they inspire me with other activity ideas. I have an older set that I picked up from a friend when she was done with them. The books go from A-Z and use the alphabet letter for teaching on each page.
I always read a book first. This sets the stage for what I am about to teach them for the week. Using books for learning not only engages the preschooler, but creates a life long love of reading.
In addition to reading the letter of the week book, try to assign a word to associate the letter with each day. My word for this purpose is Dino. I have a dinosaur lover, so for the week when he was a preschooler it was a Dino dig, Dino hunt, and many other ways to incorporate d in our learning. He is many, many years past the preschool age. To this day he loves dinosaurs and reading.
Preschool Paint or Draw Letter D
Next, add in some finger painting, bingo daubers or water paint. Using an outline write the word at the top of the page. Using this method helps the preschooler to identify the letter d quickly.
I like to associate the name with the letter of the week in our homeschool preschool so we find all of the D’s on the page.
Finally, hang up the picture on a cork board. Using a cork board for letter of the week activities in the room where you homeschool allows for reminders and conversation about what was learned. When we started we 12 years ago, we homeschooled in our kitchen, so I had to use a poster board on the wall. But, as we prepared meals and other stuff daily work was discussed. The kitchen wasn’t such a bad option, except for meal time. Any room where a cork board can be hung is good for homeschooling.
Preschool Letter D Scavenger Hunt
Play a find the letter game using d is one I use a lot in our homeschool preschool. For us, this was a scavenger hunt. I would make words on index cards that began with d. Also, I made several Letter d cards, both capital and small letters. I hid all of these cards around our home. All of my sons had fun with this game.
Playing games is fun and very strong reinforcement of learning. To this day my kids and I play several games in addition to the workbooks. Some fun games for letter d include : scavenger hunts for the letter d inside or outside, hopscotch, Dino prints (found on Pinterest), and whack the d (like whack a mole) involves a squishy hammer and lots of letter d’s on an index card. As they whack the d, it counts as a point. I place index cards in a row going down the hallway, as this gives me time to keep a good score.
Be creative when planning games and make them fun.
Sensory Bin With All Letter d Related Object
Pinterest has many ideas for sensory bins. As I mentioned before I had a dinosaur lover so his sensory bin was filled with dinosaur items. We did sensory bins with kinetic sand, rocks, water beads, playdough and nature items. To keep him guessing and make the boxes more fun I had a list of ten sensory bins that I would change out for each weeks lesson. Homeschool preschool provides so many opportunities to teach in fun ways for the kids to learn.
Handwriting Activity and Letter D Snack
Finally, our week of letter d in homeschool preschool wrapped up with handwriting the letter d, words that began with d and a letter d snack. Much of this was before Pinterest so for the snack I went to the store and browsed ideas to make a snack. Hostess was still a thing so I settled on ding dong’s. Those tiny delicious cakes were a hit.
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