Guest Author - Alissa Moy
The letter e is an excellent letter to study! Start with a circle time with your class, brainstorming and discussing the letter e. Think of words that begin with the letter e, and write them on a chalkboard, white board or an easel. Draw a small picture next to the word for a picture-word connection. Some words that can be explored include egg, electricity, eel, elephant, envelope and earring.
Science is extra special with the topic of electricity. The book, What Is Electricity? (Rookie Read-About Science), by Lisa Trumbauer is a great tool for teaching some of the basics of this complex concept to your preschool crew. While many science kids featuring electricity are fun, most of them are intended for children over age eight. It is prudent to follow these recommendations.
Eggs are not only a yummy snack, but they are also great for an egg toss. If you are an adventurous teacher, take your class outside for an old fashioned egg toss. Have plenty of towels and soapy water on hand for wiping up. Be sure to remind the children not to ingest the raw egg. Have even more fun with eggs by having your students take turns playing Green Eggs and Ham Speedy Diner Game
by the The Wonder Forge. This action packed game will also go great with a snack of green eggs, or after hearing the famous book, "Green Eggs and Ham".
Games are always good for centers, and perfect for building teamwork and cooperation skills among children. Elefun is a super "e" game by Hasbro the children will enjoy playing. Zimbbos is an excellent and very educational game by a company Blue Orange. This is a game filled with strategy, small muscle skill practice and elephants!
Bring blank envelopes to class and teach your students the basics of how to address a letter. It does not need to be formal. You can even have children write a short note or create a picture for a parent to put in their envelope. Giving mail can be fun!
Learn about the eel by reading the book Think of an Eel Big Book (Read and Wonder) by Karen Wallace. This age appropriate and exciting tale will generate interest and excitement from your preschool crew.
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