Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Hello from ECFE. Now that the older children are back to school, it gives us an opportunity to focus more time on our younger preschoolers. This would be a great time to teach them some of the basics while playing with them. Practicing ABCs Here's an easy, fun way to practice making letters and words. Start with a big roasting pan. Pour a thick layer of salt into the pan and shake it from side to side until the salt is spread evenly. Now you're ready to write.
Children get the "feel" of letters better when their fingertips shape them than when a stubborn pencil point does. They can make letters as big as they like without wasting paper. And if they are unhappy with the way something looks, all they have to do is give the pan a shake. If your child is too young for writing, he can make swirly designs with fingers or cookie cutters. For those kids who love tiny bulldozers and dump trucks, the salt's fine, dry texture works better than sand for moving, dumping, and piling up. Look at the salt as a new kind of creative surface, and think up a new challenge for the kids at your house.
You could also do things like placing some magnetic letters on the refrigerator door and arrange some of them into your child's name; at other times spell out Mom, Dad or the name of a sibling. Just have some fun with this rather than turning it into a lesson. Give your child the tools they need. Provide lots of unlined paper and pencils or crayons for your child to explore making lines and