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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?”

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • Fun Alphabet Games for Preschoolers

    Literacy doesn’t have to be limited to books! We use our reading skills all the time, whether we’re reading a stop sign, a shopping list, or a recipe. Engaging literacy activities pull reading out of workbooks and into real—or imaginary—life. Literacy is one of the most important skills we learn, but before we can read words, we have to start with letters. Young children may know how to sing the ABC song, but that doesn’t always mean they can recognize letters on paper. That is where early childhood literacy activities come in. Fun activities that incorporate letters into imaginative play let children approach reading from a whole new perspective, and make them more likely to see literacy as a fun and useful skill!

  • Fostering Emergent Literacy

    Learning to write is one of the largest milestones in childhood learning. Aside from talking, it is the most important language skill, and it opens the door for many new modes of communication. As soon as they near school age, emergent readers are often instructed to complete repetitive letter copying in an effort to quickly develop their writing skills. This overlooks words being used to express ideas—the core purpose of written language. Emergent readers and writers must first be taught the symbolic use of language before they can fully grasp its lexicography.

  • How to Teach Sight Words with Animals

    Our Learn Everyday About Animals book is a great resource for preschool teachers wondering exactly how to teach sight words in their classrooms. Grabbing the attention of your preschoolers long enough to shape their emergent literacy skills through sight words can be difficult. Making the process of learning as engaging and interesting as possible is a wonderful goal for teachers to keep in mind when introducing literacy to their students. 


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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