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

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Learning Number Words - TEN

Sorry its taken so long to get to TEN. We've been remodeling our office for the past few weeks and it's been difficult to get any serious computer time in. So here is the last of the set of "Learning Number Word" activity sheets.

Remember to ask questions about the pictures and look for things around the house that come in tens.

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Learning Number Words - NINE

We've made it to number nine! Here are some questions that you can ask your children while they're learning about the number nine.

  • What number do you see if you turn the number nine upside down?
  • How many purple dots are on the domino?
  • How many yellow dots are on the domino?
  • 4 + 5 = ?
  • How many baseballs are on the top row?
  • How many baseballs are on the bottom row?
  • 5 + 4 = ?
  • How many things do you need to make a pair?
  • Do all the notes on a xylophone sound the same?
  • What shape is on top of the tree?


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

Monday, April 1, 2013

Learning Number Words - EIGHT

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. I've been really busy with family and Easter. Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here's an activity sheet for the number eight.  

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Learning Number Words - SEVEN

Let's continue on our way to the number 10. Today's activity is learning about the number 7.
Here are some discussion questions you can use with this sheet:
  • What other number rhymes with seven? 
  • How many points are on each star cookie?
  • How many bells are on the wreath? 
  • How many hamburgers are on the plate? Are there enough to feed all the people at the picnic?
  • How many crayons are in the box?  How many crayons are outside the box?
  • How many balls is the man on the top juggling? How many balls is the man on the bottom juggling?
  • How many leaves does the flower have?


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

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Learning Number Words - SIX

When you help your child with these sheets, get creative. Ask them to come up with words that rhyme with the word "six".  As they give you the words write them down. Then point out that a word doesn't have to be spelled the same in order for it to rhyme. 

Here are some examples: mix, fix, licks, tricks, ticks, kicks, wicks, picks, sticks. You can point out the the letters "cks" make the same sound as "x".

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

Monday, March 11, 2013

Learning Number Words - FIVE

We're half way to 10 with this new activity sheet that teaches about the number 5. Remember to look around the house or outside to find other things that come in sets of five.

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

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Learning Number Words - FOUR

Next in line is number FOUR. Hope you and your child are having fun with these.

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

Monday, March 4, 2013

Learning Number Words - THREE

It's time to introduce the activity sheet for the number 3.  As always, I'd love to get your feedback on this and any of the other activities that I post on the blog. 

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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Learning Number Words - TWO

Time to practice the number 2. Have your children take a walk around the house and see how many 2's they can find. This is also a good time to talk about the 2's on our bodies: 2 eyes, 2 ears, 2 legs, 2 arms, etc.

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Learning Number Words - ONE

Now that your child has learned all about ZERO, let's move on to number ONE.

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

Monday, February 18, 2013

Learning Number Words - ZERO

I thought it might be a good idea to start mixing a little math in with my reading activities. So I've created a "Learning Number Words" series of activity sheets that teach the numbers zero through ten.

These sheets will help reinforce the following concepts:

  • Number recognition
  • Letter recognition
  • Word recognition
  • Counting skills
  • Observation skills
  • Writing skills

Read the questions that accompany each picture and ask your child to write the correct number on the black line. Then ask them to practice writing the number word by tracing over the dotted lines.

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



Monday, February 11, 2013

Signing With Your Preschooler

Using sign language with babies can help them communicate before they can talk. But the recent trend is to use sign language with older kids too. The new theory is that using sign language with preschool age children will help them with letter recognition and will help them build their vocabulary. Studies have found that preschoolers who are taught to sign do better on vocabulary tests than children who do not sign. 
Sign for "I love you"

Little ones find signing easy and fun. There are lots of easy-to-use websites available that are geared to teaching young children to sign. You can also check out books and DVDs at the library. Try these websites: Baby Sign Language  and  Signing Time

Many of these beginning signs tend to look like the concept they represent (baby, eat, drink, sleep, book) and so they evoke a mental image of the word you are trying to teach. Starting with familiar words (mommy, daddy, yes, no, stop, go, finish) will also help make the connection between the words and their signs. 

At this age, preschoolers are learning to recognize and write the letters of the alphabet. They are also learning to spell their names. Many of the sign language letters resemble the shape of the corresponding written letter, which again will aid in making that connection between the sign and the concept it represents. Children love to learn how to fingerspell their names, so this is a great way to have them practice what they're learning.

Here is a video clip from the Nonna and Me ABCs DVD that demonstrates how to sign the alphabet. This will help you and your child to form the letters.


video


One of the most important benefits of teaching preschoolers to sign is this: Signing encourages communication. Young children are more comfortable using gestures rather than words. Children with difficulty communicating verbally often act out by hitting or crying because they are frustrated. Sign language gives these children another option to express their feelings. So be sure to teach your child the signs for happy, sad, mad...and don't forget the sign for sorry!

Have fun!





Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Alphabet Coloring Sheets (part 4)

These alphabet coloring sheets teach the letters S through Z.   Here are few sample questions you can use for this activity:
  • Have your child identify the upper and lowercase letter in the box.
  • Ask your child what sound (or sounds) that letter makes. (ex: long and short U sounds and the sounds of X)
  • Read the sentences in the box and ask your child to find all the words that contain that letter.
  • As your child colors the pictures, ask questions. (ex: What color socks do you have? What other kinds of flowers can go in a vase? Can you play the xylophone? Name some animals that you find in a zoo.)
To Print: Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.









Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Alphabet Coloring Sheets (part 3)

The next set of alphabet coloring sheets teaches the letters M through R. I hope you are working along with your children by asking them questions and discussing the pictures. (If you need some ideas, take a look at my last two posts for some sample questions.)

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




Friday, January 18, 2013

Alphabet Coloring Sheets (part 2)

Ready for the next set of alphabet coloring activities?  Today we'll work with letters G through L. Work along with your child as he/she completes this activity.

Here's a sample format you can use:
  • Have your child identify the upper and lowercase letter in the box.
  • Ask your child what sound (or sounds) that letter makes. (ex: long and short vowel sounds or hard and soft sounds of C and G, and the sounds of X)
  • Read the sentences in the box and ask your child to find all the words that contain that letter.
  • As your child colors the pictures, ask questions. (ex: Have you ever seen a lion? Where do lions live? What kind of sound does a lion make?)
  • Ask your child to find any words that rhyme.
To Print:  Double click on the sheet to open it. Then right click and choose Print Picture.





Saturday, January 12, 2013

Alphabet Coloring Sheets

Happy New Year! Let's start off the 2013 with a new set of alphabet coloring activities. We'll begin with letters A through F. Work along with your child as he/she completes this activity. 

Here's a sample format you can use:

  • Have your child identify the upper and lowercase letter in the box.
  • Ask your child what sound (or sounds) that letter makes. (ex: long and short vowel sounds or hard and soft sounds of C and G, and the sounds of X)
  • Read the sentences in the box and ask your child to find all the words that contain that letter.
  • As your child colors the pictures, ask questions. (ex: Have you ever seen a monkey? Do monkeys have hair or feathers? What kind of sounds does a monkey make?)
  • Ask your child to find any words that rhyme.

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