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  • Paint-Chip Play Ideas

    Everyone has gone to the hardware store and seen the massive wall of cards showing the plethora of paint colors. But have you ever thought of incorporating them into the classroom?

    Preschool Elementary
  • Interactive Bulletin Board Ideas for Preschool

    Bulletin boards have always been a staple of preschool classrooms, but recently, teachers have begun creating interactive bulletin boards perfect for hands-on learning and creativity. When deciding on a preschool classroom theme many teachers may wonder “what is an interactive bulletin board?” or “how is it different from a regular bulletin board?”

  • Silly Syllable Activity Ideas for Kindergarten

    Early childhood literacy plays a crucial role in the future development of young children, impacting them cognitively and in academic areas beyond literacy, like math and science. Early literacy development allows children to start forming their own understanding of concepts like problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity while improving their own pre reading skills. Lessons focusing on literacy concepts like syllables, and other early literacy activities for Kindergarten are a great way to prepare your little learner for growth in their early literacy skills.

    Infant Toddler
  • 5 Fun Fingerplays for Preschoolers

    Preschool fingerplays are a method of introducing critical pre-reading skills all in the package of fun preschool music and movement songs. Fingerplays for preschoolers also teach listening skills, order and sequence, memory skills, spatial awareness, imagination, and so much more. Just when the day seems long and dull, introduce preschool music activities with these fun little fingerplays from the popular Gryphon House book The Complete Book and CD Set of Rhymes, Songs, Poems, Fingerplays, and Chants (Also available book-only, here). With more than 700 selections, this book by veteran educators Jackie Silberg and Pam Schiller will keep your students moving, singing, and learning all year long!

  • Word Play: Compound Word Lesson Plan & Activity Ideas

    Sunshine. Cupcake. Applesauce. What do these words have in common? They’re all compound words! Early childhood literacy is an important part of every preschool classroom and compound words are a great way to introduce early literacy skills to your students.  Working with compound words can help improve listening skills, increase understanding of early literacy concepts, and bring a little fun to the classroom. 

  • Ready to Read Activities for Preschoolers

    Are your students ready to start reading on their own? With the school year half over, this isn’t a surprise! After several months of early literacy activities, children are ready to move beyond reciting the alphabet. Teachers can broaden their students’ early literacy skills by introducing writing activities and reading games to the classroom curriculum. Simple activities that focus on stringing letters together to form words encourage children to begin reading on their own and will build their confidence as they begin to read and write independently. 

  • ABC Letter Formation and Practice

    Learning the alphabet is one of the first things we do in school, and something we use every day for very important tasks—(like reading this article!) While most of us remember learning the Alphabet Song as young children, knowing the letters of the alphabet doesn’t stop at singing them; we also need to know how to write them.

  • Guided Reading Activities for New Readers

    For new readers, reading is not an automatic process: it must be learned. Guided reading lessons help students develop their own awareness and understanding of all elements of a text, allowing them to learn at their own pace. An effective teacher tool, guided reading activities allow teachers to help students focus on improving and developing their reading comprehension skills.

  • Story Time Activities for Infants and Toddlers

    Language is perhaps the greatest resource we can share with babies and young children. Activities for infants and toddlers that focus on talking, storytelling, and reading are essential to the development of young minds. Within the first three years of life, children are constantly forming connections and building their minds in all areas. Being read aloud to helps jumpstart this developmental process. The ability to use spoken language to establish the cognitive, social-emotional, and even physical development of a child is an important skill for teachers to have.

    Infant Toddler

Use "baby talk" with infants to encourage language development. Watch how toddlers lip-read to pick up language sounds. Explore more complex language with preschoolers. Find all these resources and easy activities from Gryphon House experts in literacy.

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