A number of the resources that I mentioned in my previous post, “My Favorite Kindergarten Resources,” are appropriate for pre-kindergarteners in an academic program.  Here are a few other things that I think are phenomenal for the little guys:

1.  Handwriting Without Tears  (www.hwtears.com) is a wonderful resource for pre-handwriting and handwriting activities.  Before your child even picks up a pencil, he or she makes letters out of play dough and wood pieces.  Look for their two CDs as well as their Mat Man products.  Start using these activities with your three year old, and you can follow the Handwriting Without Tears program all the way through fifth grade!  Highly recommended by occupational therapists.

2.  The Words Their Way series.  Your pre-kindergartener can start with Words Their Way: Letter and Picture Sorts for Emergen Spellers, and then move on to Words Their Way: Word Sorts for Letter Name Alphabetic Spellers in kindergarten.

3.  Find a plethora of phonological awareness and literacy activities at http://pals.virginia.edu/tools-activities.html.  Your child can use these fun activities to learn about rhyming, letter sounds, and so much more.  The activities are organized into three groups: PreK, Kindergarten, and 1-3.

4.  Do lots of fine motor activities– stringing beads, cutting, etc.

5.  Read, read, read, and then read to your child some more!

6.  Remember that creative play is priceless 🙂

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