Learning Outside the Classroom
Look for Letters Everywhere
Cut sandpaper letters to use for rubbings. Put printer paper on top of the letters and rub over it with the long side of a crayon.
Point out shapes you see in the environment. What shape is the sign? What shape is a orange?
Make letter shapes and letters out of clay, in shaving cream, or in finger paint.
Choose a "letter of the day." Listen for words that begin with that sound, clap your hands when you hear the sound. Children are more likely to remember the letter if you use letters based on them (their name).
Notice Print All Around You
Use puzzles that have pictures, letters or words.
Point out that a book has an author and an illustrator.
Let children help you make a shopping list. Match the words on yur list to the picture of the product.
Hand a book to your child upside down, and see if she/he turns it around.
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