Yesterday, I decided to pick up a preschool workbook and work through a couple of pages with my 2 and 4 year old just to see what we've been missing. We do a fair number of academically oriented activities, (like playdough spelling
, and post-it note words
) but they tend to be a little more hands-on.
At the end of our workbook time, I mostly felt that we had not been missing out on much (for one thing- the kids spend half their time trying to figure out what the directions are asking them to do. It's not a bad thing to learn how to follow confusing directions, but it's not the main skill I'm trying to teach them right now)
The one thing we did really like were the dot-to-dot pages- especially the alphabet dot-to-dots. My two-year-old doesn't have enough coordination yet to draw the lines herself, but we were able to work out a system that was fun for her and a great little learning activity.
Here's what we did:
Me: Can you find the "a?"
Me: Good, what comes next?
Me: Can you find it?
Me: (draw line to "b" while both of us make the bbbbbb sound until I get there)
It was especially a good way to practice lowercase letter recognition and letter sounds. G watched in happy anticipation for the picture to "appear."
Here's a site with some printable alphabet dot-to-dots
if you're like me and would like to do some dot-to-dots without having to buy a workbook full of the other stuff!
Do your kids like dot-to-dot pages? Have you found any fun or educational twists?