For letter A week we decided to make a paper plate Apple. This helped teach him letter sounds as well as his cutting skills, colors, how to use the right amount of glue as well as creativity. I love things that track multiple principles. Plus it's easy to throw together and you probably already have the supplies for it.
What you need:
Red Construction Paper
Markers or Paint.
Scissors (if you feel it is age appropriate)
Glue (we used a glue stick to keep the mess down a bit)
Green Craft Stick (you could also use green paper for the stem)
1. I let him rip and cut the red paper into enough pieces to cover the plate. We used about 2 sheets.
2. I let him color the plate red for a base for the apple.
3. Let them go to town gluing all the red paper to the plate.
4. Add your stem. (We used a green craft stick) but you could easily use green paper if you don't have one on hand.
I love how simple this was since we don't have a terribly long attention span.
With our at home preschool program we are doing the letter of the week plan to teach recognition, letter sounds, handwriting and upper and lower matching. Today is our first day! And we couldn't be more exciting. We did a couple chalkboard activities that went very well.
First I drew a letter A at the top for him to use for reference then made the dots for him to connect. We did this about 10 tes to really drill it in.
Next we erased the letters with some tips and water.
First I drew several sets of upper and lowercase A's on his chalkboard.
Then I gave him a small cup of water and a few quips and had him wrote over the letters with the water "erasing" them. He was so proud of himself after every set he did. You could really do this activity with any letter or number
The most important part when doing this activity with your preschooler is to make sure you stay as positive as possible even when they are not tracing things great. Positive reinforcement goes a long way and will help them so much more then telling them everything they did wrong.
We have a few more activities planned for today. I will keep you posted and hopefully give you some good ideas for teaching your preschooler.
When my son turned 3 I started looking into preschool and was incredibly frustrated by the things I found. The programs were either way too expensive, way below my sons level, or way too structured. So I decided that at home preschool would be worth a shot. I agree that there are some social aspects that are very important to his overall development so I did decide to enroll him in a sports program.
Right now when you invite friends to m join shopkick you will not only earn free GIFTCARDS for shopping but you will get enough points for a $10 gift card just for getting 3 friends to join with you. For those of you who aren't already a part of shopkick. It is an awesome app that gives you points for walking into stores such as target, Kroger, Macy's and more plus points for scanning items in the store. You can redeem instantly for free GIFTCARDS. If you are new you can use the link http://get.shopkick.com/sacramento5489 to get started. If you are already on it make sure you hurry and invite your friends before someone else does.
So like many of you I like to save money or make money any way I can but grocery coupons are a struggle for me. I however have found 6 apps that will pay me to grocery shop.
1. Shopkick - This is an app that will give you kicks for walking into stores and for scanning products. You can redeem your kicks for tons of instant GIFTCARDS and prizes. You even get 50 free kicks to get started. Get started here.
2. Checkpoints - similar to shopkick you get points to go to to the store and to scan the products that they are featuring. It's really easy to use and you can even get points for watching videos and more. They pay through GIFTCARDS and the payout is super quick. Please use code jessicaann88 at sign up.
3. Ibotta -this app gives you cash back on the groceries you buy. My favorite part of this app is that they have hundreds of different offers including offers on produce and any brand items. I have gotten cash back on every trip to the store since I got this app. I rarely look at this before shopping because I don't want to just buy things to get cash back. I scroll through when I'm done add my offers and snap a picture of my receipt. They pay through PayPal with a $10 minimum.
4. Checkout51 - this app is very similar to ibotta. It pays you cash back on the groceries you buy. They don't have as many offers as ibotta but I still end up with a couple items a week. They also offer any brand rebates and rebates on fresh food as well. Plus you can sometimes get cash back on both apps for the same product.
5. SavingStar - This app is similar to the last two but some stores it is automated with your store loyalty cards. They have different offers all the time and a lot where you buy $15 from a certain company or group of companies and they give you $5. The minimum to cash out is $5 and they pay via PayPal and gift cards.
6. RecieptHog - I have been using this app for years and love it. All you do is snap your receipt and you get points based on the total. That's it. Plus you get tokens to a slot game when you can earn more with every receipt. Takes 10 seconds and can be used after all the other apps as well. Use code sonk2593 to sign up.
The best way to use these apps is together. Use shopkick and checkpoints to get paid to go shopping. Use ibotta checkout51 and SavingStar to get cash back and then use receipt hog to snap a picture and your done. Happy Shopping. Let me know how it goes for you!