10 Letter activities to prepare your Preschooler for PreK / Kindergarten & Free Printables

As a retired teacher, I can’t stress enough the importance of helping your child be prepared for Kindergarten!

The advantages:

  1. They are confident, because not only have they heard this before but it is easy since it is familiar.
  2. They learn how to lead, other children look to those who already know for help.
  3. They can see that it is easy and are less likely to struggle later in school
  4. They can read earlier and quicker than the others.
  5. They will spend quality time with a loved one, one on one learning!

The Cons:

  1. NONE

I always felt sorry for the children who struggled in my classes, I taught middle school and a lot of times they were just moved up and couldn’t even hardly read. This was obvious when they didn’t want to participate and usually tried to get in trouble when they feared they would be called upon.

No child should have to experience this!

If you spend 30 minutes a day with your preschooler on activities you would be amazed how quickly they absorb the information.

Here is my top ten list of letter activities:

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq3yfQnllfQ (Letters and sounds video extremely important for them to learn the correct letter sounds)
  2. http://www.worksheetfun.com/category/letter/letter-tracing/ Free printable letter sheets.
  3. http://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2013/05/sidewalk-chalk-4-letter-activities.html  (Sidewalk chalk fun!)
  4. http://www.learning4kids.net/2011/08/16/alphabet-sponge-letters-bath-time-fun-2/ (DIY Sponge Letters)
  5. Interactive Notebook – (This is very important for them to learn, they will use interactive notebooks in school, so teaching them early is a plus and they can get all their work in one place to show their loved ones!)
  6. https://www.education.com/games/alphabet/ (this is a free online interactive game, I would limit it to maybe 15 minutes a day).
  7. http://www.abc.net.au/abcforkids/games/ (another online free site)
  8. http://www.themeasuredmom.com/letter-recognition-activities/  (A variety of letter recognition games)
  9. https://www.pinterest.com/explore/dollar-tree-classroom/  (Dollar Tree finds to use for letter games)
  10. Write their name on everything, toys, cups, and even their clothes tags, they will learn to recognize their name!

Feel free to add some ideas that you have used, I really just want to stress the importance of doing some daily with your little one and given them a huge advantage in school!

Comments

  1. I’ve been trying to find ideas for my grandkids. I watch them during the summer months and they love learning. I’ll use your tips to help them learn.

  2. Chelsea Elizabeth says:

    I definitely agree with starting early. Kids are like sponges, they retain lots of info from a very early age.

  3. I wish I would have had this list for when I was teaching ESL in Korea! Even though the kids are a bit older these activities for pre schoolers and kindergarten are great for beginning levels of learning a second language!

  4. My mum used to be a teacher and, as a child, she got me into interactive whiteboard, I WAS OBSESSED. Thanks so much for sharing these! x
    Lots of love,
    Marina Rosie x
    http://marinawriteslife.blogspot.fr/

  5. Thats very interesting! I’ll share it with my cousins that have kids age 2-5 years old ♥

  6. This would be great information to any parent with young children. Or it would be good for anyone that works in a daycare/preschool facility.

  7. Amazing resources. Bookmarking a lot of them. Thanks

  8. Ali Rost says:

    My grandson is in preschool and the perfect age for these ideas. Forwarding along to my daughter .. I know she always appreciates your posts about things for kids!

  9. Dusica (Didi) says:

    From my experience, it’s very important that the kids should go to kindergarten, so they can socialize with other kids and gradually detach from the parents. I have friends who had a serious problem with their child when sending him to preschool. It was to attached for the mother.

  10. This is so cool. Thanks for sharing these resources.

  11. Love You Wedding says:

    These are all great resources for parents to get their kids ready for school. I will pass the information to my cousin. She still has small children who would greatly benefit from these.

  12. Oh wow, this is super helpful! I will use it super soon! 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

  13. My children all went to preschool they are very good there at preparing them for school. I managed to find a Montessori for my son which is great as they teach a whole range of things and I will be working with them to make sure my son is reading before he starts nursery at his school. I will take a look at some of those links as they will come in useful.

  14. It is so important to teach children from a young age because like you said they retain information quicker at that age. An interactive notebook is a great idea x

  15. Great activity ideas. We started similar activities from a young age to give them a head start, and the kids love it! Learning can be so much fun!

  16. resourceful i am not a parent yet but gladly i will show this to my friends and neighbours with kids.

  17. I think it is so vital for our children to start as young as possible, to help them socialise and learn.

  18. This post would be very helpful for parents who are preparing their kids for pre-schools! Learning is so much fun with so many things available on the internet today!

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