Anticipating an early school year study of the Earth and preliminary lessons on Land, Air, and Water for this Fall, I have been mentally planning some basic activities. Additionally, I have been wanting to add some meaningful pre-writing and reading lessons to the Language shelves which will give my students ways to practice important skills. When I was on the playground with my children the other day, my eye caught the beauty of these rocks and I knew exactly what I would do with them!
First, pre-writers can fill in with lines, using water and a small paintbrush, moving from left to right to aid in training eye movement (for writing and reading). Holding the paintbrush will strengthen hand muscles needed for writing as well.
|Lines (or filling in) moving from left to right…|
They can also fill in with curves or loops – how fun!
Children who are ready to practice writing letters can write letters…
|Letters (or numbers, too!)…|
What I most appreciate about this lesson is how I can incorporate geography into the work as well. When introduced, I plan to explain to the children that the rocks represent the land, the water used represents the water on Earth, and for air, well this is the best part – I”ll place a fan (preferably one from another country, which I still have to find…) with the work so that the child may fan their work dry! What a fun way to demonstrate the effect of ‘air’? It will be the ideal match to one of the first songs I teach my kids at the beginning of the school year: