Friday, April 30, 2010

Some more tips to teach the letters of the alphabet

1. Hand out letter cards to all children. Call out a letter. The child with that card has to come in front of the class and display the letter.

2. The above activity can also be done with picture cards. In this case the child with the picture that starts with the letter called may come and show the picture. Then the class can say in chorus, for ex: ‘B’ for ‘Ball’

3. Divide the class into two groups. Give one group letter cards. Give other group various objects. The first group will hold up a letter. The second group should hold up an object that starts with that letter.

4. Kindergarten Worksheets: Use worksheets to help children re-inforce basic concepts in a fun and interesting way.

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Thursday, April 29, 2010

More tips to teach the letters of the alphabet

1. Write several letters on the board and ask children to choose the right letter. Initially do not write letters with very similar shapes that may confuse children at an early stage. Later, when they are more accomplished they will be better equipped to avoid confusion.

2. Bring objects or models of things that start with that letter. For example: for B you can bring a ball, bat, banana etc. Pass around these for all to see.

3. Have different objects on the table. Ask children to pick out objects that start with the given letter.

4. Call on a child whose name starts with that letter. He or she can say, for instance, Hello, I am Arun. ‘A’ for ‘Arun’ and so on. He can be the leader for that day.

5. Show a magazine or picture book to children. Ask them to identify all instances of the given letter in any page.

6. Play ‘Hunt For The Letter’. Ask children to look around the room and pick up all objects that start with the letter.

7. Use colouring pages often. Most children love to colour. The colouring pages should have letter in large size to colour. They may also have objects that begin with the letter.

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tips to teach the letters of the alphabet

Identification of the letters of the alphabet

Here are a few suggestions you may consider in teaching children to identify the letters of the alphabet:

The alphabet song: Perhaps the most basic, but very useful. Sing it slowly/distinctly and sing it often. Have a large alphabet chart and point out to each letter while you sing. If you can give all children letter cards in order (alphabet flashcards) they can even hold up each letter as it is sung.

Write a letter on the board and have children say it out in chorus. Write it out slowly each time it is said.

Bring models of the letter (you can make cut-outs of the letter in card-board) and pass around to all children. If you can make sufficient numbers you can give one to each child. They can slowly build up a collection of the entire alphabet.

Keep models of various letters on the table and ask children to pick up the correct letter.

Use kindergarten worksheets to make learning fun and interesting

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Using Kindergarten worksheets

How to use kindergarten worksheets for best effect:

1. Give children worksheets that are most appropriate to their level. Give an easy worksheet for a concept immediately after you teach that concept. Gradually give worksheets that may require a little more thought.

2. The worksheets should require a child to think just a little. If a child finds any particular activity too difficult, then give him an easier one. It is important that he doesn't get frustrated. One should always remember that different children have greatly varying levels of comprehension and pace of learning.

3. It will be good if the worksheets are well-illustrtated. Use of attractive cartoon characters would make it more interesting and fun for a child. Incorporating common situations encountered at home, school, in the market place etc and using common objects that children are familiar with would make the worksheets more relevant.

4. Try to supplement each worksheet with a real-life practical activity. For example after a worksheet on counting, you can ask the child to pick out 2 apples and 3 carrots from many.

5. Do remember, a child is learning many so new things at once. A child of this age has an amazing capacity to learna lot of new things very fast. But he can also forget them equally fast. Hence doing many interesting worksheets with cartoons etc while being fun for him would also help continually re-inforce what is learnt.

6. Always give positive feeedback and encourage a child. His finer motor skills are just developing. Do not expect or try for perfection. Spend sufficient time and continually re-inforce the learning in day-to-day situations. And most importantly, it should be fun for the teacher and the taught!

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Kindergarten Worksheets present an interesting way for kindergarten children to learn and re-inforce basic concepts. Since children learn best by doing and since children get bored very easily, giving them well-designed, illustrated worksheets to do makes it easier and more fun for them to learn. Completing a worksheet also gives children a great sense of fulfillment. However do ensure that the worksheets are appropriate to the level of the child - if they are too difficult it would only frustrate her and if they are too trivial it would bore her. Worksheets that use cartoon characters and incorporate practical day to day situations might be more interesting and fun for children.
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