JAN
11
2010

# Prek Letter R

Welcome to the Letter R. We’ll be having fun with Rainbows this week! Hope you enjoy it!

(Scroll down for this letter match printable!)

Letter R Memory Verse:
“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter R on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Letter R Letter Hunt Worksheets: I read the story to her then she finds all of the letter R’s on the page. We also use our do-a-dot markers for this activity to make it more fun!

Rainbow Number Pegs: We sorted these by color, but you can have them fill in the correct holes for the number on the cards as well.

Alphabet Letter Match: This is a new one, but I couldn’t resist with the 2 halves of the rainbow it was too easy! So simple, cut the rainbows apart, then use as a capital/lowercase letter matching game! (Sorry, I realize there’s a typo on the jpg, but its fixed on the download!)

Roll A Rainbow! This is a new game for us too! I found the idea on Play 2 Learn Printables, and had to make one for my alphabet collection! The game is simple, cut out the pieces (they’re on pg2 not shown here). Roll the die and place the piece of the puzzle indicated by the number rolled. Its a fun way to practice number recognition skills! I like these fun Giant Soft Dice

Color By Number: This is a new idea from a faithful reader! Make sure to print on regular copy paper and follow the color key on the printout. You may have to help your tot associate the colors and numbers the first few times! But I’ll keep adding these activities because I like them! We’re using Mr. Sketch Scented markers, everyone LOVES the scented markers! (Including Mommy)

Letter Poking Page: I found this fun idea on Activity Mom. Instead of tracing, we are going to use a toothpick, or we have these cute Oversized Push Pins, to poke holes through the paper in the shape of the letter. Print on regular paper for easier poking, and do this one on carpet 🙂 Another idea would be to hole punch along the lines of the letter as well. Both work on motor skills!

Coloring Page: We color this, paint it, or use markers. I found some that fit my 3 year old well, they’re called Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers. They’re shorter and easier for her to use. These pictured are chubby markers, they also make a skinny version. I got mine at Wal-mart.

Letter Tracing Card: This is new, I made it for kiddos who aren’t quite ready for my pre-writing or writing practice books. Its large and easier to trace. You can trace the letters with their finger, pencil, markers, or laminate and use Expo Dry Erase Markers

Size Sort: Put these in order small to big or big to small then discuss which is largest, smallest and medium.

Scavenger Hunt: Fill the box with things that start with R! Some ideas: raisins, red, rat, rabbit. We’ve altered this a bit as my preschooler was having a hard time finding thing on her own, so now her brother helps her, and then we do a “Show-n-Tell” of her items. Much more fun!

Beginning Puzzle: Cut along the guides for a fun 6 piece beginner’s puzzle!

Pattern Activity: Just use the pieces to practice pre-math pattern skills.

Number Practice Skills: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for writing practice.

Be creative! Floor work seems to be a favorite for my little prek girlie.

Magnet Page: I use this cute activity with a cookie sheet and pom-pom magnets I made from pom-poms and self-sticky magnets from the craft isle in Wal-mart. I also use these magnets from Amazon: Power Magnets, 0.78 inch Diameter, Assorted Colors

Letter Matching: This is a fun letter matching activity, that practices both upper and lowercase letters recognition! If you’re looking for more challenge, use the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! (The download includes upper and lowercase letter disks and activity cards) Click here to see the process of making the letters.

(Please note, the original idea for this game came from Tot School and Carisa’s blog.)

Lacing Card: I make sure to laminate this one for durability, then punch with a hole punch every inch or so for lacing practice. Teach them patterns to do with this as well, like up from the bottom each time, or in-out-in-out sewing. Whatever pattern you can think of.

Capital/Lowercase sorting: Simple, just sort the uppercase and lowercase letters.

Graphing Practice: I laminate this and then have them either color in the dots with Expo Dry Erase Markers, or put bingo markers on it. You could also use the little stars I provided in the Jesus Number Cards game below.

Floor Numbers: I made these large floor numbers so that we can play a hopscotch type game. I call out a number and she jumps to it! You could also have them put the cards in numerical order.

Do-A-Dot Worksheet: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

Cutting Practice: Simple print and let your child try cutting along the lines!

Counting Cards: I use these with either mini-clothes pins, colored paper clips, or put a hole in them and have her attach chain links to them. Whatever you use, just have them put on the correct amount for the number on the card. These are also good for putting in numerical order.

Color Puzzles: I cut these little guys out then cut them in half in as many interesting ways as I could think of to make tiny color matching puzzles. For older kiddos, page 2 of this download includes clouds with color words on them, so you can have them match the correct color to the word.

11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!

Tangram Cards: These are so fun, you can make each picture with only 7 pieces. The cards go from easy to more difficult. I got mine at Lakeshore Learning, along with the plastic pieces. Here are some inexpensive Tangram activity cards from Amazon.

Finger Tracing Paint Bag: This is simple and fun, I filled a bag with tempura paint, you could also use cheap shaving cream. Then I’ll tape it to her desk for her to practice writing her letter on using her finger. You could also skip the bag and put shaving cream on your counter if you’re feeling brave ;o) After we do the letters we do numbers, shapes, and whatever else we can think of!

Letter Collage Worksheets: The download includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:

Color Cubes: I found a new use for our Large Alphabet Lacing Cards! First we traced the letters with her finger, then we used our 1″ building blocks to make the letter. She also picked 2 colors of blocks and did a pattern as she made her letters! We also use them for lacing practice, but this was a new variation since I’ve been making the shaped lacing cards too! Click here for more fun with Creative Color Cube Activity Cards.

Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!

Letter Bead Lacing: I’ll put an index card in this box with the word “Rainbow” so she knows the order of the letters. I got my lacing beads from Lakeshore Learning but these look more fun to me: Bead Bazaar Lacing Kits – Alphabet Lacing Kit

Letter Hunt: I created some Letter Hunt worksheets that you can download.

Kumon ABCs Uppercase Write & Wipe Flash Cards, they also have lowercase cards and Numbers.

Rainbow Button Challenge: I found this awesome idea on Mama Jenn’s blog, if you haven’t already, go check it out, she has tons of great ideas on her blog! Here’s her rainbow button challenge:

Rainbow Crayons: Click here to see how to make these sweet little guys.

Rainbow Shape Book: I found this cute You Tube video on how to create a Rainbow Shape book, check it out!

YouTube – Lapbook Lessons: Shape Books

Family Fun Night: Make some yummy Ravioli, and watch Ratatouille!

More Letter R ideas and fun!

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1. So many fun activities again this week. You are amazing with all that you put together for your children!

• Amanda says:

Love your rainbow ideas! I’d like to use some of the projects in my preschool class room but it won’t let me download them. do you have just regular PDFs?

2. Wow! There were so many awesome things that I need to go back and look through everything again. Thanks for providing such an amazing resource! Also prekinders.com has tangram/pattern block mats that you can print out for free if you go through the ones you bought and need more.

3. LOVE love love the Rainbow theme! Such a happy theme for a cold, wintry time of year… it makes me smile just to think about it! :)Thanks for so many fun ideas!

4. Muriel says:

What a good work.. You has a good idea for the R.. All people loves the rainbow… what a shame, it's not the same letter in frech…my daughter will be bilingual 😉

5. Super blog. Love the lapbook ideas. Be sure to check out Refraction and Rainbows Links at Homeschool Helps http://ow.ly/VyyJ

6. Wow! I just found you blog. I plan to start homeschooling my daughter next year and definitely be revisting. Thanks!

7. I found your blog via "Chasing Cheerios", and I'm so glad I did! You have such amazing teaching ideas! Thanks for the inspiration and tools. 🙂

8. Thank you so much for your willingness to share all that you do. I work part time in addition to homeschooling, and I know that being able to come here and use the things you've created makes my preschooler's time fuller.

9. I just found your blog through chasing cheerios, and I love your ideas. I will be revisiting as I need to start doing this sort of a thing with my preschooler.

10. I am always blown away by your printables. Maybe I should just put my daughter in front of the computer and ask her what she would like to do out of this set. Whatever printable I choose always ends up being a bust 🙂

11. wow your activities are fabulous and I am delighted by your printables and will be using some with my 3 year old.I am so happy to find your blog and will be back for more inspiring ideas!

12. WOW!! Your activities are SO cool and VERY inspiring!! I really need to do more with my 3 yr old. You have some really good ideas here! Thank you!!

13. Amazing. Letter R is our letter in 2 weeks and I dont think I will need to look for anything else to do, you have the most amazing unit! Thank you so much for sharing! Oh and yes, sented markers are the BEST, I need to get some.

14. Becky says:

Thank you so much for the fun alphabet activities! Both of my daughters love doing them (ages 4 & 2). Thank you again!

15. I am just now seeing this post. We are about to do R next week and of course I had to check out what you had! 🙂 Great to see your daughter doing the button rainbow. I have to admit it, but I didn't have the nerve to let me kids glue down all my buttons! Once they completed their rainbow (without glue) we put all the buttons away! 🙂

16. Tonya says:

All I did was search for the letter R and I found your website and I am very glad I did because I am currently using Preschool materials off of the internet that I find to teach my 4 year old daughter. This is great and I will be back to visit your site and get more material and great ideas. What an organized and sense of artistic ability you share!

17. HI,I posted your link at my Facebook group:ESL/EFL Preschool teachers.Your activities are great for English Language Learners. Thanks for sharing and I also invite you to join in our group and post your activities.Regards,Rosa Amelia Oropeza

18. Anonymous says:

Just found your blog and it is great! Definitely be revisiting!Tia

19. Thank you so much for your wonderful ideas! It's making prek so much easier and fun.I am having a hard time downloading your printables. The 4Shared website doesn't even open up. Just wondering if you knew what to do.Thanks again!!

20. JESSICA: One issue can be your browser. Are you using an older version of Internet Explorer? If so have you updated to versions 8? I use Firefox and it works much better than IE in my opinion. Also if you are using IE, I’ve been told you need to clear out your temporary internet files and then downloads will work again. Here’s a tutorial on how to do that! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/260897

21. Vicki says:

Wow! I never write comments on sites, but I just had to here. Your ideas are wonderful! I love how you incorporate so many ideas with the same theme. Our rainbow week will be truly magical because of you! Thank you!!!

22. On the pattern activity there is a colored rainbow in the green and blue pattern. Is that correct? Thanks!

23. Antoinette: LOL! No that isn't correct, but it's just the image, the download file should be correct…let me know if you have an old one, but I did just check the download and it should be fixed.Thanks!

24. I must have an old one. My file is the incorrect one. I will re download. Thanks!

25. Kristin says:

I’m having trouble getting your reading list for R – the amazon widgets. do you have another link?
thanks!

26. Kristine says:

This is incredible! Thank you sharing 🙂

27. GEEZ, I Wish mine was that young again! How I’d LOVE to homeschool then! These would be my most favvvorite activities due to all the COLORS COLORS COLORS