Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Letter E trays

After our short break from Letter of the Week, I'm excited to show you guys the hands on activities we did for the Letter Ee! Here's a look at several ideas for helping your little ones to learn the alphabet! 

As always, be sure to checkout all of the wonderful activities that Amruta from Mumma Diaries is sharing!


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning



Weekly learning binder


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Includes: 

  • Letter maze
  • Shape matching
  • Play dough mat/pre-writing mat
  • I spy mat 

Letter mats


For the next two works, you can use manipulatives or a dot marker. 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

English equivalent


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

English equivalent


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Play dough mat

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Letter e stamping


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Letter Ee book



Sounds


Because ear starts with the letter e, I included a sound matching work. You can read more about how I set this up in my post about sound containers

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

To go along with the 'ears' theme, Y explored musical instruments. We worked on instrument names, and identifying the sounds they make.

We played a 'guess the instrument' game. I got out 3 instruments. Y would turn around. I would make a sound on one of the instruments, and he had to guess which one it was. 

Counting  


We reviewed counting with sandpaper numbers (pre-writing) and number cards. I made these more challenging by having Y match the image with the quantity to the paper number and to the sandpaper number. 

This week, he seemed to suddenly really comprehend counting. We've had a few set backs and it seemed that Y was no longer interested in learning to count for a few weeks there. He still picked the sandpaper number trays, but quickly got tired of them and would put them back after only a few minutes. Suddenly, this past week, something seemed to 'click' and he just got it. He chose this tray, worked on it for quite some while, and identified each number quantity correctly. 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

The English equivalent

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Practical life


Water pouring into multiple glasses. I figured that water comes from the earth and this allows us to explore natural resources. 

Don't forget to add a cloth for cleaning up spills like I did. 


Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Washing a zebra... In Russian, this makes sense. For the English version, I recommend using an elephant

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Exploring natural resources: glass beads and rocks. This was not only a practical life work (using a spoon), but also a pre-math work because it involved sorting the objects in the tray into different bowls. 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Note: Y can hold a spoon, sort, etc very well. Even though he can do these things, his type of work is very important for him at this moment because he has expressed a desire to learn to write. Practical life activities that involve using a spoon, tonging, tweezing, etc are wonderful for developing the muscles needed to hold a pen/pencil as well as to work on proper pencil grip! 

Cut and glue trays

Initially, when I created these upper and lower case sorting activities, I thought of using velcro and simply making the sorting the focus. 

However, Y just loves using scissors and loves to cut apart the letters and glue them onto the paper. We always have these on display above our shelving unit. 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Cut and glue II 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Cutting to the Earths 

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Elephant lacing


We really love this wooden elephant lacing toy! I got it at a second hand shop, but this Melissa & Doug lacing set also has an elephant! 

Learning about the Earth

Sorting living and non-living objects

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning

Land form cards

Tot Labs presents Letter of the Week: Letter Ee! Here are tons of montessori inspired hands on learning activities for the letter E! #montessori, #preschool, #handsonlearning


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