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, April 27, 2012

Where The Action Is: Verbs

Verbs are action words...they tell how we are feeling, what's happening, or what we are doing. Here's an activity sheet that will help you demonstrate the concept of verbs. As your child names each verb, ask them to do that action for you. (They'll get very creative with this one!)

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Clown, Town, Crown: Learning About Nouns

Small children learn vocabulary and sentence construction by listening, but they have no idea about the correct usage of words.

As they study grammar, children will learn about parts of speech. Although formal grammatical instruction doesn't usually begin until Kindergarten, preschoolers can start learning about the most basic parts of speech: nouns, verbs and adjectives.

Let's start with NOUNS.  A noun is a word that names a person, place, or thing.

Begin the subject of nouns by asking your preschooler three questions.
  • Do you know what a person is?
  • Do you know what a place is?
  • Do you know what a thing is?
If they can't answer these questions, then give them examples. Name things that are in the room and help them categorize into persons, places, or things

I've created the activity sheet below to help you teach your child about nouns. In future posts  I'll provide you with activity sheets for verbs and adjectives, and then we'll start making  sentences using these simple parts of speech.

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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Help Mr. Caterpillar Recycle

Here's another activity sheet for Earth Day. This one introduces the concept of recycling by helping Mr. Caterpillar choose the correct items to put in his recycling bin. You can find out what items can be recycled in your area by contacting your trash collection service provider.

Teach your children that recycling (making new things from old things) saves money, uses a lot less energy, and saves Earth's natural resources. It also saves space in our landfills (places where all the garbage is dumped.) The energy saved by recycling results in less pollution and pollution is not good for the Earth.

Recycling helps our environment. 

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

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Earth Day 2012

Nowadays there is a tremendous focus on protecting the environment. It's a good idea to start talking about this subject with your children at an early age. The more they learn about protecting the environment, and the more they see you doing it, the more likely they are to embrace it and remember its importance for a very long time.

The celebration of EARTH DAY on Sunday April 22 is the perfect day to start learning about how to keep our planet safe. Here's an activity sheet that will help you teach your child about the importance of protecting our environment. I've used the letters in the words OUR EARTH to help you with topics for discussion. 

Oceans: Talk about protecting our water and the plants and animals that call our oceans and rivers their home.

Uncool: Littering and polluting is uncool. Would they want someone throwing garbage in their home? The earth is home to all of let's all work on keeping it clean.

Reuse: Now, more than ever, recycling and reusing is important to all of us. Talk about some ways that your child can reuse old items instead of throwing them away. Things like glass jars, milk containers, egg cartons, old clothes, and plastic bags can be reused for everything from storing crayons to wrapping up dirty diapers. Show your child that ordinary household items can be used in different ways after they are no longer being used for their original purpose.

Energy:  This will give you the opportunity to talk about different ways we can produce energy to light and heat our homes or run our cars.

Air quality: Ask your child about what things can pollute the air that we breathe. 

Recycle: Things that we can't reuse can sometimes be recycled. Encourage your child to take an active part in your family's recycling efforts. Put a list on the refrigerator as a reminder of what not to throw away.

Trees: Teach you child that trees produce oxygen, and oxygen is what people and animals need to breathe. Discuss the different uses of the wood that comes from trees and why it's important to plant new ones when we cut them down. Use the graphic to talk about how "acid rain" kills trees. (You can tie this in to air pollution.)

Healthy:  The earth belongs to us all so let's all work together to keep it healthy by doing what we can to protect our water, land and air. 

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It's Verb Time

When teaching verbs to preschoolers it's a good idea to first talk about what a verb is. Keep it simple. A verb is an action word that describes something we do... we eat, we sleep, we run, we play, we sing. 

Then you can break down verbs into two categories or tenses: present and past. Again, keep it simple. Present tense verbs are used when we are doing something now. Today I dance. Past tense verbs are used when we talk about something we did before. Yesterday I danced.  

Start with this first Activity Sheet that demonstrates how some present tense verbs become past tense verbs by simply adding 'ed' to the end of the word. 

Here is a list of additional regular verbs that you can use to demonstrate the 'ed' rule:
work         learn         turn        watch         open         walk         talk         beep         splash          

To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.
Present and past tense regular verbs

How many times have you heard your preschooler use the words 'catched' or 'teached' or 'thinked'? (I hear it a lot with my 5-year old granddaughter). So let's introduce these kids to the world of irregular verbs. Explain that some verbs, or action words, change a lot when you use them to talk about something that happened before. Use the Activity Sheet below to demonstrate. 

 Here is a list of additional irregular verbs that you can talk about:
 break / broke      fight / fought      buy / bought      go / went      eat / ate      sing / sang  
          swim / swam      sting / stung       hear / heard       draw / drew      see / saw   

Present and past tense irregular verbs

I've found that a good way to teach my granddaughter correct English is through simple conversation.  When she makes a mistake while we're chatting, I just repeat what she has said using the correct word. Example: "Nonna, my Mommy 'teached' me to dance." My Response: "Mommy 'taught' you to dance! That's wonderful."  

I think children develop an 'ear' for what sounds right and what sounds wrong. So if we get it right, eventually they will too.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Let's Learn About Colors

Here's a fun activity that will help reinforce the following skills:
  • Color identification
  • Word recognition
  • Following directions
Start by having your child select the crayons (or paints or markers) that match the color splashes at the top of the page. Then read the color names. Encourage your child to spell each color too. Then go down to the bottom of the page and help your child read the description by each picture. Ask them to choose the correct crayon that they will need to use to color the picture, and then have them color it.

Discuss colors by asking questions like "What other things could you color red?" or "Are all ants red?" or "What is your favorite color?" You could also play a color game by asking "I see something that is black." and then have your child walk around the room and find all the things that are black.

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Coloring Fun

Here are some fun Easter pictures to color. I will be celebrating the holiday with my children and grandchildren. I hope you all have the opportunity to be with your families too.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter Activity Sheet #2

Here is another fun learning activity for your kids. Find the Easter words in the puzzle then identify the letters that the words have in common.

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

Monday, April 2, 2012

Easter Activity Sheets

This week I'll be posting a series of Easter activity sheets. This first one will give your child a chance to express their creativity by helping the Easter Bunny decorate eggs.