Preschool (Page 2)

Learning Colors in Spanish

I find that a good place to start when teaching a 2nd language in preschool is to introduce age appropriate concepts/labels in the 2nd language and then to build on that skill.   I like to start with color recognition(because most of the preschoolers have basic color recognition), counting to 10 and basic greetings and then move on to labeling objects and basic commands.   Today I am going to focus on color recognition activities to try at home to encourage learning the basic colors in Spanish.
Basic colors-Los colores
Colors – Los colores
Red – Rojo
Orange – Anaranjado
Yellow – Amarillo
Green – Verde
Blue – Azul
Brown – Marrón
Black – Negro
White – Blanco
Pink – Rosado
Purple – Morado
Grey – Gris
1.  Introduce the Spanish color words–I like to introduce one word at a time(I usually do one color a week), but some kids learn so quickly introducing more is possible.
    a.  Ask your child to label a color in English (ex. Red)…then state in Spanish that color is called…(Rojo).. If you do not know the correct pronunciation, do an online search for English to                 Spanish translations.
    b.  What can you find that is is Red/Rojo?
    c.  Throughout the day label items that are Red/Rojo and ask child to repeat the label or state the label on their own.
2.  Print and cut out color cards like these:
 
    a.  Use one set of the color cards to review the Engish Colors and then ask your child to label the Spanish colors when they see the color cards.  Make your way through the stack of cards to         practice labeling the colors.
    b.  Play a game to find the matching color card.  Lay the Engish Color cards on the table and have your child match the color with the Spanish color cards.  Practice saying the English label for the color and then the Spanish label for that color.
     c.  Play a memory game using all the color cards.  Place the cards on the table face down.  Take turns choosing 2 cards.  State the Spanish color label each time a card is turned over.   When you turn over two matches you keep the set and continue to find matches until all the matches are found.
    d.  Choose one color card and search for items around your house that are the same color.  Label the color in English and Spanish.   “This block is red or rojo.”
    e.  Have your child choose a color card.   Play “I Spy something (color)” using the Spanish color word.
    f.  Post a set of the Spanish color cards on the fridge or the wall to refer to throughout the day.
 3.  Print out the Spanish Coloring Page .
Help your child find the correct crayon/marker to use to finish the coloring page using the Spanish color label.
Have fun learning Spanish Colors!

Happy May Day!

To celebrate the first day of May, the students of Wee Disciples Preschool sent in pictures of flower artwork. We hope these bring you joy and happiness on this sunny day.

Happy May Day!

Learning the Letter Z.

Let’s learn the letter Z today!
1.  What does the letter Z look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase Z.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does Z make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    Z says /z/.
    Z says /z/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    Z says /z/.
3.  Show objects that start with the letter Z.   Talk about more words/objects that start with Z or have a Z in the word.
4.  Color the Z objects on the coloring page ( Click here for a Z coloring page) or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that has an Z.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with Z or have a Z in the word.
6.  Practice tracing and writing the letter Z. (Click here for a Z Tracing page)
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with z or have a z in the word.
Try to find the letter z in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter Z
Try making a Z with ojbects…try using rocks, sticks, pencils, pretzels, etc.
Create a zoo with your child using stuffed animals or plastic animals.
Have fun with the letter Z today!

Learning the Letter Y

Let’s learn about the Letter Y today.
1.  What does the letter Y look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase Y.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does Y make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    Y says /y/.
    Y says /y/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    Y says /y/.
3.  Show objects that start with the letter Y.    Talk about more words/objects that start with y or have an y in the word.
4.  Color the Y objects on the coloring page (Click here for the Y Coloring Page) or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that has an Y.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with Y or have an Y in the word.
6.  Practice tracing and writing the letter Y. (Click here for a Y Tracing Page)
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with y or have an y in the word.
Try to find the letter y in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter Y
Try making a Y with ojbects…try using rocks, sticks, pencils, pretzels, etc.
Have fun with the letter Y today!

Learning the Letter X

Let’s learn about the Letter X today.
1.  What does the letter X look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase X.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does X make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    X says /x/.
    X says /x/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    X says /x/.
3.  Show pictures of objects that start with the letter X.   Talk about more words/objects that start with X or have an X in the word.
4.  Color the X objects on the coloring page or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that has an X. (Click here for the X coloring page)
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with X or have an X in the word.
6.  Practice tracing and writing the letter X. (Click here for the X tracing page)
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with X or have an X in the word.
Read a book about a fox or box.
Try to find the letter x in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter X
Try making a X with ojbects…put rocks in place to make a X, use sticks to make a X,  use Pretzels to make a X.
Have fun with the letter X today!

Learning the letter W

Let’s learn about the Letter W today.
1.  What does the letter W look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase W.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does W make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    W says /w/.
    W says /w/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    W says /w/.
3.  Show objects that start with the letter W…whale,walrus, water, etc.   Talk about more words/objects that start with W.
4.  Color the W objects on the coloring page (Click here for the W Color Page) or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that starts with W.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with W.
6.  Play a game where everyone takes a turn stating a new W word.  The game is over when someone repeats an W word already stated.
7.  Practice tracing and writing the letter W. (click here for the W tracing page)
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with W.
Make a W Book…each page is an object that starts with W.
Read a book about something that starts with W like a whale book.
Try to find the letter W in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter W
Try making a W with ojbects…put rocks in place to make a W, use sticks to make a W,  use Pretzels to make a W.
Have fun with the letter W today!

Wee Disciples Preschool Update

Wee Disciples Preschool is not in session for the rest of the 2019-20 school year due to the Governor of Illinois mandate to Shelter at Home and not return to school.   The Wee Disciples Preschool Committee and staff are so disappointed to not have our students back in the classroom in May, but the safety and health of our Trinity and Wee Disciples Preschool family is our utmost concern at all times.  The Wee Disciples Preschool Director/Teacher, Karen Rohrer, has stayed in contact with families throughout the past month and will contine to until the end of May.  Here is a list of what Karen has been up to in April:

  1. Participating in Zoom Chats with individual students and their families
  2. Facetime chats with students who do not have Zoom
  3. Weekly whole class group meetings through Zoom
  4. Homework activities emailed to families each week day and posted on the website and Facebook
  5. Video’s sent to students via text

The plan is to continue these activities into May and also conduct a Drive-by Hello to students, set up a time for families to come a pick up student belongings, and possibly a preschool reunion in June or July if the social distancing is lifted.

May is a time of endings and the start of new beginnings.   As we come to an end of the 2019-20 school year, I want to congratulate our Wee Disciples students who are moving on to Kindergarten in the Fall.   Katelynn, Elliot, Matthew, Tobin, Tom, Josephine, Caleb, Samantha, Valerie, and Austin, we are so proud of how you have grown at Wee Disciples Preschool.   We will also miss Jason and James who are moving on to other preschool programs in the Fall.   Several students, August, Toby, Theodore, Rhiannon, Leila, Lucas and Lydia will return for another year with us in the 2020-21 school year.  Our long time Teaching Assistant, Karen Ross, is stepping down from her position in May.   She is moving on to new challenges as a substitute Teaching Assistant in Urbana District 116 schools.   Mrs. Ross has been such an asset to our preschool program for 10 years.   Please pray for her success and happiness.  Julie Elsts will be taking over Karen Ross’ position next school year.   We are so grateful for her continued commitment to our program.

Please continue to keep Wee Disciples Preschool in your prayers over the next few months as we navigate through this challenging time.

Learning the Letter V

Let’s learn about the Letter V today.
1.  What does the letter V look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase V.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does V make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    V says /v/.
    V says /v/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    V says /v/.
3.  Show the V page (Click here for V coloring page) with objects that start with the letter v…van,vase,etc.   Talk about more words/objects that start with V.
4.  Color the V objects on the coloring page or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that starts with V.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with V.
6.  Play a game where everyone takes a turn stating a new V word.  The game is over when someone repeats an V word already stated.
7.  Practice tracing and writing the letter V. (click here for V Tracing page)
8.  We have one student whose name starts with V..Valerie. Can you think of any other names that start with V?
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with V.
Make a V Book…each page is an object that starts with V.
Read a book about something that starts with V like a volcano book.
Try to find the letter V in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter V
Try making a V with ojbects…put rocks in place to make a V, use sticks to make a V,  use Pretzels to make a V
Have fun with the letter V today!

Learning the letter U

Let’s learn about the Letter U today.
1.  What does the letter U u look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase U.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does U make?  U makes 2 sounds the short U sound like uncle and up, and the long U sound like unicorn and universe.   I like to sing a song with the students:
    U says /u/(long like unicorn)
    U says /u/(short like up).
    Every letter makes a sound.
    U says /u/(long) and /u/(short).
3.  Talk about words/objects that start with U.  Show pictures of objects that start with U.
4.  Color U objects on a coloring page or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that starts with U.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with U.
6.  Play a game where everyone takes a turn stating a new U word.  The game is over when someone repeats an U word already stated.
7.  Practice tracing and writing the letter U. 
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with U.
Make a U Book…each page is an object that starts with U.
Read a book about something that starts with U like a unicorn book or book with an umbrella.
Try to find the letter U in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter U
Try making a U with ojbects…put rocks,legos, etc in place to make a U, use sticks to make a U, etc

 

Have fun with the letter U today!

Learning the letter Tt

Let’s learn about the Letter T today.
1.  What does the letter T look like?  Show your child the uppercase and lowercase T.   Talk about the differences and similarities.
2.  What sound does T make?   I like to sing a song with the students:
    T says /t/.
    T says /t/.
    Every letter makes a sound.
    T says /t/.
3.  Show the attached T page(Click here for a T Coloring Page) with objects that start with the letter T…truck, table, turtle, etc.   Talk about more words/objects that start with T.
4.  Color the T objects on the coloring page or challenge your child to draw a picture of something that starts with T.
5.  Search for items around your house that begin with T.
6.  Play a game where everyone takes a turn stating a new T word.  The game is over when someone repeats an T word already stated.
7.  Practice tracing and writing the letter T.(Click here for T Tracing Page)
8.  We have many students whose name starts with T…Tobin, Tom, Toby, and Theodore, and Elliot, August, Austin, Matthew, Samantha, and Katelynn have a t in their name.
     Can you think of any other names that start with T?    Can you think of any other names that have the T sound in the middle or end of the name?
Extension activities….
Practice writing words that start with T.
Make a T Book…each page is an object that starts with T.
Read a book about something that starts with T like a turtle book or tiger book.
Try to find the letter T in the newspaper, a magazine, a book or while you are on a walk…I Spy the letter T
Watch a show like Daniel Tiger and talk about how Tiger starts with T.
Try making a T with ojbects…put rocks in place to make a T, use sticks to make a T,  use a Pretzel to make a T
Have fun with the letter T today!