“Oral Language” is an important learning domain in the Core Knowledge Curriculum. At Meadows Academy, we use terms or vocabulary words (commonly known as “Language of Instruction”) to talk to students when teaching Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies or the particular subject for the day. On a daily basis, children at Meadows are exposed to a wide variety of words and syntax related to the lessons, as well as opportunities to converse, which is important since at this stage they learn much of their language through repeated exposure.
As an aside, three studies were published recently that build a convincing case for parents to talk to their children as often as possible instead of just talking in their presence. Talking in the presence of children– but to others– apparently does not convey the same vocabulary benefit. For more on the vocabulary development of toddlers, click here.
In Language Arts, the early preschoolers learned about the Letter F and worked on creative Letter F alphabet activities. Early Preschoolers listened to read-aloud stories such as “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish,” and “Fantastic Frog!” Mrs. Coltharp and Mrs. Toth incorporated the following “Language of Instruction” to talk about picture words that begin with F: family, fish, friend, frog, foot, feather, faucet, football, fins, firefly, face, fan, fox, and fern. To help the students have background knowledge on words that begin with the letter F, we played the “Alphabet Flash Cards” game. Try to play this game with your child at home.
We also enjoyed working on wonderful Letter F crafts such as Freddy the Frog on a paper plate, painting Fantastic Fish, F for Fox dot painting, and gluing Fun Feathers on the Letter F.
The Virtue of the Month character education story for the week for early preschoolers was “A Splendid Friend Indeed” by Suzanne Bloom. This adorable tale is about friendship and keeping your word. Through this simple read-aloud, the duck showed his friend the polar bear “what it really means to be a true friend.” The duck came back to make a snack for his friend and even wrote a kind note. The duck gave the polar bear a big hug! The moral of the story: A true friend shows integrity. Actions speak louder than words.
In Science, students enjoyed their Science Discovery Day at the Jacquemin Farms pumpkin patch field trip! All the students who attended the field trip learned about the names of all kinds of pumpkins and listened to a presentation on how pumpkins grow.
In Math, we reviewed the following shapes: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and diamond. We counted from 1 to 5. Students listened to the story, “Color My Rainbow” and touched the soft ribbons representing each color on the rainbow. We learned about the rainbow colors: red, orange, yellow, blue, red, and green.
At Home: Please review Letters A, B, C, D, E, F and their sounds. Review the Shapes Circle, Square, Triangle, Rectangle, and Diamond. Talk to your children about the words that begin with the Letter F. Help build their vocabulary by showing them pictures of words that begin with the Letter F. Read the Scholastic magazine, “My Big World” together with your child and talk about how pumpkins grow. Point to the pictures that show how pumpkins grow.
How to play the Alphabet Flash Cards Game at Home: First, stuff a small alphabet bag with small objects that start with the Letter F. Next, use alphabet flash cards to show pictures of words that start with the Letter F. For example: Show your child a flashcard of a fish. To play, your child must look inside the “alphabet bag” and choose the small plastic fish among other items in the bag. If your child chooses the correct object, always praise him/her with a hug, kiss, and enthusiasm!