Nonna's Favorite Quotes:

Nonna's Favorite Quotes: "The best way to make children good is to make them happy." — Oscar Wilde, author and poet

Friday, March 23, 2012

What Would You Use?

Preschoolers need to develop the ability to think about more than one object, event, or person at a time. Categorization activities that encourage children to group things that are in some way similar, like the sheet below, are an excellent way to do this.

I've selected pictures that represent objects that can be used to clean, draw or cook. Before your child starts to categorize, I would ask them identify each object. Then have your child follow the directions by sorting the objects according to their use.

I've included a picture of an apron in the group to really get your child to think. Since the apron could be included in all three categories, it will have a circle, square, and triangle around it when your child completes all three tasks. That visual clue should help them answer the question "What object could you use to do all three?"

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

And Now a Word From Our Sponsor...

Over the past few months I've been receiving very positive comments about this blog. My followers seem to like what I have to say and are downloading the activity sheets that I have created and posted for their use. This makes me extremely happy. My goal has always been to provide parents, grandparents and teachers with reading readiness materials that are fun and easy to use.

My hope is that my followers will also go to the "Nonna and Me" website to preview the products that are available on our online store. Our products are designed to introduce readiness material in a fun, non-threatening way (nothing scary), using repetition and reinforcement. All animations, sounds, and music were carefully chosen, and particular attention was paid to controlling the volume of our audio and video presentations.


"Nonna and Me" started with our ABCs DVD. Here is a short video clip that contains small sections from the main feature. Our DVD introduces the alphabet, identifying letters and their corresponding sounds, together with words that begin with these sounds. As you'll see, this is done at an even pace, using animations, pictures, sound effects, and a wide variety of music. Our DVD also contains 25 additional minutes of Bonus Material that includes: Digraphs, Fun and Games, and Sign Language ABCs. 

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(Video clips from the Bonus Material section can be previewed from our website.)


Our ABCs CD uses the sound track from the DVD to reinforce the letters and their corresponding sounds. It integrates the DVD's sound effects and music to help children visualize words and concepts that demonstrate the sound(s) of each letter. We've included an additional section that introduces the sounds of five common digraphs: CH, PH, SH, TH, and WH.

We've also created My ABCs Book to accompany the DVD and CDReview activities are integrated throughout this alphabet book to provide a fun way to reinforce what the child is learning.

My ABCs Coloring Book gives children the opportunity to express themselves while they learn the alphabet. Each letter has four large pictures to color. Uppercase and lowercase letters appear on each page and can be colored or traced.

(Sample pages from our book and coloring book can be viewed on our website.)


Our latest addition to the product line is the ABCs Bingo Game. Our new game teaches letter recognition by matching uppercase and lowercase letters using an old-fashioned game of BINGO.


As always, parent-child interaction is an important element in a child's development. We strongly encourage you to watch our video, listen to our CD, read our books, and play our game along with your child and initiate discussion about what they see and hear.


"Nonna and Me" products are recommended for children ages 2 and up.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Yolanda's Yard and Zoe at the Zoo

The last two alphabet activity sheets teach the letters Yy and Zz. Print them out and you're alphabet book will be complete!  

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

New vocabulary words: yell, yolk, yoga, yak, yarn

New vocabulary words: zucchini, zigzag, zither, zap

Monday, March 19, 2012

Xavier and the X-ray

The letter Xx is unique. This consonant can make three different sounds. When an X appears at the beginning of a word its makes the sound of "Z". When it appears at the end or the middle of a word it makes the sound of "ks". And the letter X can also say its own name. When your child names the things that contain the letter X in the middle section of this activity sheet, ask if the sound of X comes at the beginning, middle, or end of the word.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Vocabulary words:  fix, excited, exercise

Vince and Walt Alphabet Activity Sheets

Good Monday morning! We'll start this week off with the letters Vv and Ww. Three more to go and your alphabet book will be complete.

To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

New vocabulary words: violet, vine, vane

New vocabulary words: wizard, wheelchair


Friday, March 16, 2012

"Tom theTurtle" and "Uncle Ulysses"

Friday brings you two more alphabet activity sheets. This time your children will learn the letters Tt and Uu.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

New Vocabulary Words: tug, tuba, trumpet, tuxedo
  
New Vocabulary Words: utensils, unicycle, umpire



Thursday, March 15, 2012

"Run, Ron, Run" and "Sam and Sally Shop"

Thursday's alphabet activities teach the letters Rr and Ss. Seven more sheets to go! (I'd love to hear your feedback on these activity sheets.)  

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it.  Then right click and choose Print Picture.

New Vocabulary Words: raft, rocket, race

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Patty's Picnic and Quincy's Quartet

Alphabet activity sheets number 16 and 17 teach your child about the letters Pp and Qq. I hope you've been saving all of these sheets so you can make an alphabet activity book.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Right click and choose Print Picture.


New vocabulary words:  quartet, quiver

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

My Nephew Nick and Olivia and Oscar

Two for Tuesday...

Here are two more alphabet activity sheets to add to your book. Today we will learn about the letters Nn and Oo. Be sure to talk about the long and short sounds of the letter Oo.

To Print:  Click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.



Monday, March 12, 2012

Leo the Lion and Marty the Mailman

Here are two new alphabet activity sheets to start off the week. We're halfway through the alphabet with the addition of the letters Ll and Mm. I hope you're saving your activity sheets as we go along so you can make a book when we get to Z!

To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.



Saturday, March 10, 2012

King Karl

Here's the next alphabet activity sheet that teaches your child about the letter Kk. I've introduced some new words (koala, kayak, kiwi, kettle) to help increase your child's vocabulary.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Iris the Iguana and Jane, Jon and Judy

Today's alphabet activity sheets review the letters Ii and Jj. Be sure to remind your preschooler that the letter Ii has a long and a short sound. When they identify the words that begin with Ii, ask them if it's a short or long sound. Have fun!

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012

George Loves to Golf and My House on the Hill

Today's letters are Gg and Hh. Eight down... eighteen to go!

To Print:  Double click on a sheet to open them both. Right click and choose Print Picture.


We All Make Mistakes...

...even me! I just noticed this morning that there was a mistake on the Cc alphabet activity sheet that was posted last week. If you scroll down in the blog to previous posts you'll see that I replaced it with a corrected one.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Fox, Frog and Fish

Todays alphabet activity sheet is all about the letter Ff. Remember, all the sheets in this series will all follow the same format:
  • a little story using words that contain the specific letter,
  • a section where children are asked to name pictured objects that begin with the letter,
  • and a third section where children can practice writing the letter.
When your child finishes all 26 you can staples them together and make an alphabet book.


To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Ed's Easel

Let's start off Saturday with the letter E. Print and save for your alphabet book.

To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.