4 Essential Skills for Preschoolers
1. Alphabetic Knowledge! Recognizing and naming upper and lowercase letters is the root of reading! January is a perfect time for a formal or informal assessment of your students so you know how well they know the alphabet! A good jumping off start for the new year!
*CR Success Learning provides Proficiency Assessments in the Jump Start program for preschoolers.
2. Letter-Sound Correspondence When your student understands that there is a sound associated with the letter, you are providing them with the key to unlocking the Alphabet and they will begin to read!
*CR Success Jump Start has wonderful letter/sound action cards and magnetic folders that keep preschoolers engaged as they match the letters with the sounds.
3. Segment and Blending. Start with using words and syllables. Preschoolers enjoy learning with their whole body so using movement (like jumping!) to highlight breaks between words or singing and clapping with the syllables and sounds can be a great learning tool and fun!
4. Rhyme Read books, poems and sing songs that rhyme. “Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they’re four years old, they’re usually among the best readers by the time they’re eight.” – Mem Fox (2008)
*CRSL has a wonderful Big Book of Nursery Rhymes, exposing your students to high quality literature while reinforcing targeted sounds.
Finally – Don’t forget to introduce new books to your class library!
A fresh turnover and care for literature in your class and home will peak your preschoolers interest and increase their love of the written word!