Posts by Jessica Davis

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Top and Bottom

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This week’s positional words are also opposites. As with positional words, learning opposites creates a foundation for your child to follow directions and better understand the world around him/her. Ask your child to identify the top and bottom of items you see everyday- cereal boxes, drink containers, shoes, trees- everything!…
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In Front and Behind

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Positional words help explain where things are in relation to something else. Many positional words are also known as prepositions and include words such as: on, above, next to, and below.    Practice this vocabulary with your children by giving simple instructions to place toys in different “positions” in their room…
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Amplify and Tune

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Music is a natural way to help very young children learn the meaning of new words and helps with reading comprehension later when they are in school.  Use songs to teach new words and make sure you explain the meaning of these words (explicit instruction) using terms that children will…
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Xylophone and Mallet

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Early Literacy Tip: clap out the syllables in the words of the week to begin developing phonemic awareness. The kinesthetic (movement) connection, helps children engage with the sounds of the words and letters. EN ESPAÑOLDefinitionsLiteracyArtScienceDefinitionsDefinitions XYLOPHONE – A musical instrument that has wooden bars that make different sounds when hit with…
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Upside Down and Right Side Up

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The words this week provide a good opportunity to raise your child’s print awareness.  As you read with your child, start with the book upside down.  Allow your child to help you position the book right-side up.  Ask your child questions to explore how they found the correct way to…
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Near and Far

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Near and Far are two words that describe where you are in relation to something else. Developing an understanding of space and location is an important Pre-Math skill for preschoolers. As you run errands with your child this week, call out different places and things you pass and ask, “Is…
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Size and Magnify

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Size is a way that children can categorize and sort items. Sorting items into different categories like “big” and “small” is a pre-math skill that helps them observe and compare the world around them. This week as you read to-gether, run errands, or do chores around the house, have your…
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Oval and Rectangle

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Oval and Rectangle are two basic shapes. Continue to review basic shapes with your child and help them identify what makes each unique. To build critical thinking skills, look at the difference between these shapes in comparison to others. Ask questions such as: “How does an oval differ from a…
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Enormous and Miniscule

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Size is a way that children can categorize and sort items. Sorting items into different categories like “big” and “small” is a pre-math skill that helps them observe and compare the world around them. Expand on “big” and “small” by introducing the words of the week. Help your child find…
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Pentagon and Angle

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Why are shapes and colors among the first things that we teach our children? It’s because they are things we can easily find and recognize all around us and helps us teach our children how to organize information.  Learning what color or shape something is, will help children develop pre-math…
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