Early Language Arts Fun



 Doing apple art for the letter A.


Today, I'd like to share how we homeschooled those precious early years...and how we did our Language Arts.  Everything was hands on, and all about exploring and learning together.  And with my active, curious daughter, there was always laughter, and lots of fun!


We focused on phonics, early reading, and handwriting during the early years.  And I found a great help for phonics, in Explode the Code. 

PHONICS




Not every homeschooler does phonics, but we did, and I found it helpful for teaching reading.  So for early Phonics, we used Explode the Code Primers.  This is a very well researched program, and is kid friendly as well!  It covers all the basic phonics, and goes from preschool, all the way to 5th grade, if you like, and does it in a fun way. It also includes learning to write the abc's, early reading skills, and word families. 

I can still picture my daughter working in her Primer so proudly by herself, after she had mastered the routine.  Of course, we talked about it afterwards, and reviewed all the sounds of the day.

READING
 
We introduced the letters of the alphabet with Alpha Tales.  This book has a humorous story for each letter of the alphabet.  There are ABC mini-book to make as well, which was a favorite activity in our house!   


We went to the library every week, and found so much there.  

When my little one was ready, we used the Bob Books series from there, as our first readers, which introduced one vowel at a time. We also liked the series at I Can Read  

My daughter also loved to work in Sequencing Simple Stories  by Evan-Moor. 
  
HANDWRITING                                




To help with writing, we did lots of fun small muscle activities,  playing with molding clay, painting, drawing, cutting, etc.  Arts and Crafts were popular in our house, as well as some easy knitting and sewing.  We wrote letters in pudding, in the air, and later used some of the fun activities in  Small Muscle Games.  They helped to strengthen the finger muscles for grasp. 





We used a variety of activities to help my little one learn to form her letters....practicing writing the letters in the air, making letter shapes in fingerpainting, even using pudding!  I gave my daughter a lot of time to explore the shapes, and learn her letters.  

Once she could write the letters of the alphabet, she was ready to put her words into action.  More fun, easy to do, early writing activities are here, in Teach Your Kids to Write.

Develop Hand Strength with Clay Fun has lots of ideas for strengthening the hand with clay, including making clay animals! 

Does your child have trouble holding his/her pencil comfortably?  It is a developmental thing, ie, it takes a lot of time!  For a fun way to learn grasp, check out 9 Ways to a Mature Grasp - Games and Fun!.


I hope these resources give you inspiration in finding what works for your dear child.  What do you like to do for early reading and writing?  I enjoy reading your comments.



Happy Homeschooling!

Betsy


Betsy blogs at BJ's Homeschool , where she writes about high school, collegeand all the fun of homeschooling the early years, too.  As a veteran homeschooler, Betsy offers homeschool help to families 


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8 comments:

  1. Aww, I love these look back posts at the early years!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!


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  2. Thanks, Jill R, and now that my daughter is in college, I have more time to look back, and share more of how we homeschooled the earlier years, it is such fun to do.

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  3. Love your blog! I grew up in WA and miss it so much! I am currently homeschooling my only son for kindergarten and having a blast but sure do wish I could do it in WA ;)

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  4. Hi Brooke,.... another Washingtonian...it's nice to meet you! I remember homeschooling my only for K, it was so fun to see her excitment as she learned something new. Wishing you great memory making times with your only, in K and more!

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  5. More great tips, thanks for sharing at WW!

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  6. Thanks, Jen Altman, from Workbook Wednesday!

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  7. GREAT post, Betsy! Thanks so much for sharing, Love! GOD bless you! :-)

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  8. Thanks, Tai East, and you have a wonderful week!

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