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We are on to our next unit from Experience Early Learning, which is "On the Go." It's hard to believe that it's November already! Over the weekend our classroom transformed with new activities, toys and books that relate to this new theme. The children were excited to walk in and see new things out to explore on Monday. Transitioning to a new theme is always exciting.
'Down the Road' is our focus for this first week. Our third topic was 'Map' and during circle time my preschoolers talked about why we use maps and what we see on them. Maps can have both straight and curved lines. They show us where we are and how to get to where we are going. They help keep us from getting lost. I also introduced the letter Dd during this topic.
Every month we get Loose Letter Parts in our Experience Preschool curriculum box and I love these because they offer a hands-on way of building letters. They are sturdy so we get several uses out of them. This week we did more than just build the letter Dd, we also created 2D-3D maps!
This was a little bit challenging for some of my students, but once they got started they quickly were able to figure it out. Some took one look at the maps and said "I don't know how to do this." With some prompting to get started they got the hang of it and were able to do these on their own. We have vehicle counters this month and they had fun using these on their maps.
They were able to rotate, flip, and arrange the Loose Letter Parts as needed to recreate the map.
We used the Loose Letter Parts to build the letter Dd. This is a great hands-on literacy activity to become familiar with the way letters are formed.
We even used these to build our shape this month - the triangle!
As you can see, there are several ways to use these Loose Letter Parts! Hands-on, play-based learning is the best for preschoolers and I love all the opportunities my students get from our curriculum.