Paleontology Literacy Activities & Why We're Loving Them
Updated: Jan 17, 2021
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This week, it's all about Paleontology with Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) and I wanted to share a look at this week's literacy activities for preschoolers.
Every day includes math and literacy activities, circle time ideas, story suggestions, art, and of course STEAM.
How we approach literacy activities varies a bit. Some, we do together in small groups and others end up at the writing center. It really just depends on what makes the most sense for the group we have at the time.
Just like with the math games, there are 5 literacy activities each week too. Let's take a look at each one a bit more in-depth.
Paleontologist: Dino Nametags
The first literacy activity each month is making nametags and these are done on the first day of every new theme in small groups right before or after the creative art and then we hold onto them for the children's portfolios.
Excavation Site: Rock Letters
This is an example of a literacy activity that would be made and then kept in the writing center. Basically, you paint each letter on a rock and then the preschoolers practice creating words with the rock letters.
Fossil: Land of Dinosaurs
Another favorite is the theme poster and magnifying glasses. This activity stays in our circle time area all month and is great for practicing communication skills with the preschoolers. They can take turns using the magnifying glasses to identify what they see on the poster.
Bone: Dinosaur Bones
Usually, I set up activities like this one at the table opposite our art center and the children take turns with this activity just like they would a center. The preschoolers rolled a cube and then practiced copying the dinosaur names onto paper bones.
Tyrannosaurus Rex: Dinosaur Journal
We receive one of these fine motor journals with every new theme and they're definitely a favorite of mine. These journals include a lot of different creative prompts to encourage pre-writing and fine motor skills.
Experience Early Learning (formerly Mother Goose Time) has done an excellent job of creating literacy activities that fit perfectly with each day's topic and teach preschoolers important skills.
Don't forget to check back next week to see what we're up to as we learn about Types of Dinosaurs.