Learning the letters each week and the sounds they make is key in teaching children how to read. I am convinced that my children became good readers because of their weekly practice with the alphabet. Working on our letters began at age two for my boys’, and it was because this was so much fun for us. I would plan lots of fun activities and games for them to learn in a relaxed way.
In addition to games, when they were older we added handwriting the letters and identifying objects that made the sound. So many ways to review and repeat letters each week that surround the beginning sounds of reading.
Preschool Letter B Games
We still talk about all of the games that I used to play with each of them. One of the favorites they remember is sock laundry. My games were not anything strategic, but they were fun. First, grab a laundry basket and some socks. I used two socks and paired them together. They made more of a ball shape to help with throwing. As we said words that started with “B” he would throw socks in the basket. At the end, it was so much fun to count how many socks went into the basket.
Likewise, we played another game where we used the scooter board and blocks. I would line up several blocks in alphabetical order. Then, ride the scooter board over too the blocks. The goal was they had to find the letter “B” in the line up and bring it back. Not only did this game help with identifying the correct letter of the week, it included exercise.
Preschool Letter B Handwriting
We did handwriting each week that circled around the letter “B”. Using the capital letter and small letter was key in helping to remember the letter. Each week I tried to make sure that the handwriting was fun, interactive and engaging. Try using the letter b in different ways on an index card. I would write the entire alphabet on an index card, and my sons would have to circle all of the letter b’s on the card.
Another way that I practiced handwriting with them was to use a chalkboard. I would write the letter, then have them write it. The chalkboard was a good idea for us because they were beginning learners. Making the letter was more important than how perfect it was. Sometimes I drew lines and sometimes we would just write and rewrite the letter b.
Preschool Letter B Object Identification
Preschoolers love to play games that involve hunting. While sometimes we would play hide and seek with the letter b index cards, other times we used objects in the bag. First, fill the bag with objects that begin with b. As they pull an object out of the bag, we say the letter b. I pronounce the word several times emphasizing the correct letter of the week.
Preschool letter of the week letter identification involved reading also. As we read stories that revolved around the letter, I would have my preschooler count how many b’s were on the page.
Preschool Letter B Review
Each day of the week I had a theme. One day was handwriting, another game playing and Friday was always the day of review. My review was simple, as I pulled one idea from each day. Review time never lasted more than an hour, then we colored the letter “b’ and hung it on a wall. By the end of the alphabet our kitchen wall was full of letters.
Planning out each week in advance is helpful. Keep in mind as each week something new is learned, find a way to review the week before. Whether it is just a quick review in the beginning of the letter of the week wall, or just saying the alphabet.
My kids’ are not little preschoolers anymore, but they do still reminisce and the fun ways to learn don’t have to end. Letter “B” is one of the easier letters in the alphabet to learn and so many fun hands on ways to relate it. Find objects for the object game they can connect with and remember. Then, each time they use the object have them remind you of the sound letter “b’ makes.
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