One of my goals for this (pre) school year is to teach my 4 year old her home address, my cell phone number and how to use 911. I hope and pray that she doesn’t have to use these skills for a LONG, LONG time but I figured it was better for her to be prepared should an emergency situation arise. Plus it’s also just good practice for memorization, number and word recognition.
What I came up with below is a combination of info I found from other sites and my own ideas. If you’ve found others that work please feel free to share with me!
Music has a way of sticking with you. I’m always shocked when lyrics from a song come flying back into my brain to a song I hadn’t heard in years. So, find a simple song, preferably one your child already knows the melody to (e.g. twinkle, twinkle little star, you are my sunshine, etc) and set the numbers and street name to the melody. It just so happens at our local library’s story time last week they sang the 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Indians song and it stuck in my head for a couple of days, since I was also thinking about our address they both came together nicely. It only took about a day and a half of singing it out loud and now my 4 year old daughter can sing most of it. My 2 year old son just sings bits and pieces but he’s trying!
Address Activity Board
A whiteboard, a coloring page and a tracer page….what a great combo! I saw this awesome pumpkin whiteboard craft from No Time For Flashcards and made it for my daughter. She had fun making silly faces, but since we were working on our address today it made me think of how I could use the whiteboard idea to help her learn our home address. So, here’s what I did and the supplies you’ll need to make on yourself.Supplies:
Bright colored paper/card stock
Laminating paper (or sheet protector)
Dry erase pens or markers
1.) Firs,t using a bright-colored sheet of paper I wrote out our address in dashed characters so it looked like the tracer pages she’s become accustomed to writing on. (I placed a sheet of lined paper behind the sheet I was writing on to help make sure my characters were all about the same size and evenly spaced.)
2.) Next, I went outside and took a picture of our home (I couldn’t find one on our computer) and transformed it into a sketch using an app on my iPad (you could also just change it to black and white or leave it colored.) I wanted it to look like a coloring page so she would be encouraged to color (not an activity she likes to do very much.)
3.) Lastly, I glued the print out of the sketch onto the paper where I wrote our address and laminated the whole thing.
The result is a whiteboard on which she can not only trace the address but also a photo of our home so she makes the connection that the numbers and words mean our home. As an added bonus she is encouraged to color and trace which helps improve her fine motor skills and word recognition. I must say, I am very happy I put this all together! :)
FYI, if you don’t have a laminator you could use a sheet protector, just test out your markers/dry erase pens to make sure they wipe off. We used both dry erase markers and regular color washable markers and they both wipe off very easily.
Here’s a picture of her using her new address whiteboard. (Most of our address is covered by ** symbols for privacy, but I think I left enough so you get the idea :)