Let’s for it for not having to reinvent the wheel!
I found these free printable alphabet strips and initial sound strips over on Pinterest from The Toddler House. Laminated, cut and paired with some alphabet magnets, these strips were the perfect practice tool for matching letter to letter and initial sound to corresponding picture. Noah (6 with Down syndrome) did the letter match, and Bella (4) did the picture/letter match. For those of you looking for cookie sheet activities – this is perfect. Noah used our nifty metal door for his background.
Next time we do this, I’m going to take it one step further and write the letters under the pictures in dry erase markers and let Noah use the “hints” to match letter to picture. Learning for these little guys is all about baby steps and modifying activities to match their ability level.
For the original pin, go here: http://pinterest.com/pin/234961305531046225/
For the site with a link to the free printable PDF files, go to http://www.geocities.com/thetoddlerhouse824/abccenters.html.
Here’s something new we’ve been doing this week:
These free alphabet image clothespin cards were provided courtesy of http://prekinders.com/literacy-printables/. I love clothespin tasks for preschool and early childhood skills because they are much more interactive than the typical phonics worksheets plus it’s a great workout for those Pincer grasp strengthening skills we’ve been talking about.
Bella (4) hit the floor running with these. Each card has an uppercase and matching lowercase letter plus two pictures to choose from. The goal is to clip the clothespin on the picture that has the beginning sound that corresponds with the alphabet letter on the card. An extra bonus to these cards is that the designer included images to paste on the back of the card behind the right answer. This means your child can check his own work. How cool is that?
I loved using these cards for Noah (5-Down syndrome) and Seth (2) because although I was pointing to all the right answers and doing most of the talking, they were able to operate the clothespins independently. This turned out to be a great way to introduce the process of how these cards work; expose the boys to the letters and alphabet sounds; review simple vocabulary; and have them strengthen their Pincer grasp muscles all at the same time. And no doubt about it, the children are absolutely mesmerized by being allowed to work with common household items like clothespins.
Thanks so much to Karen over at www.prekinders.com for making and sharing these cards with the rest of us.