This is another fun way to teach letter i in homeschool preschool. So many times we overcomplicate teaching. Kids learn in various ways. The best way to teach is with a variety to assist with all learning styles. Here are a few affordable ways to teach this letter of the week.
Homeschool Preschool Read Aloud
Read aloud time happens in our home daily. It always has because reading is important. For me, I read, I want my children to see me read. Modeling reading behavior is important. Likewise it is just as important to read to your kids from an early age. Even if it is one book every day. I can attest to this fact and the reading skills it builds. My dad read to me every night. He read me a Bible story, then a kid story. To this day I still remember Rumplestiltzken, Snow White, David Copperfield and the many others’. He wasn’t someone who read himself, but he read to me.
Fast forward to my adult life and reading plays a huge part. Every Christmas I ask for a book. Books are my favorite hobby. If you love reading, and develop a love for reading in your kids they will never, ever be bored. Books take you to places you could never imagine. Books are without a doubt the best teachers in all subjects. Reading is the cornerstone to following directions and holding onto a good job. Develop this first and foremost.
Letter I Scavenger Hunt
Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt. Homeschool preschool scavenger hunts are a perfect letter learning activity. So many different objects start with the letter I. If actual objects are not available, then take pictures, find pictures or draw them. That can be another part of the activity. Drawing the pictures for the activity. Prepare them early to start developing their own games. I have always included my children in the games and putting them together because I love to see their ideas in action.
Object ideas for a scavenger hunt would be: island, iron, igloo, ice cream, icicles and ideas. For many of these laminated pictures printed off will withstand wear and tear. Don’t just go through this once, but find multiple ways over the next week of Letter I to incorporate them.
Letter I Homeschool Preschool Learning Board
Add a color activity then cut it out. When it is done tape it on the learning board. Then, grab index cards and start a word wall next to the learning board. Only words that begin with “I” go on the board. Homeschool preschool is the beginning stage, so some prompted words help. Also some videos on the letter “I” can fuel future words.
When my children were in preschool I used several books that held sight words. Whenever I found words that would go with my letter of the week program they were written down. This was perfect to reuse again for the children that came after for homeschool preschool.
Handwriting the Letter I
Handwriting can take many forms in homeschool preschool. Starting with thicker crayons to help with fine motor skills is one way to try one week. Then the next week on another letter work with a pencil, a regular crayon and finally a marker. The different types of writing utensils allow them to develop a writing style with their fingers in a good writing position.
The Letter I is an easy letter to practice. I usually I do not give much insight on how to make it, they are just asked to copy it. That gives me an idea of what they are looking at and how they see the letter I. Allowing them to see the letter formation and give an original handwriting of the letter. This is my preferred method instead of them copying my I or another person’s letter I. Over time we work on a more precise and readable letter I.
After practicing this letter alone on a whiteboard with no lines, grab a lined paper or grid paper and have them write the letter I and copy some words that begin with Letter I.
Review the Homeschool Preschool Week
Lastly, review the week with them. Ask them what they enjoyed and what they did not. Record it in a journal for yourself. Then, ask them to draw what they learned about and give a short presentation for the family. After dinner when every one is relaxed is when we do our presentations. Homeschool preschool is a great time to give independence at this age with presentation preparation and listening skills for older kids. Create an atmosphere of love and respect while someone else is talking.
To wrap things up, homeschool preschool doesn’t have to elaborate. One hour a day of learning with fun works and builds excitement for the next week.
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