At our school, our preppies are expected to know approx. 50 sight words by the end of prep. As I’ve said in previous posts, literacy rotations are not my style, and so the challenge for me is how to teach these words playfully. After making several sets of alphabets stones, I decided to make some sight word rocks as well.
The children will be able to play with them, feel them, copy them, match them, sort them and make sentences with them.
After making the alphabet stones and sight word rocks, my thoughts turned to numeracy. I had some lovely polished, red brown rocks and turned them into a counting and sorting resource. Using puffy paint I put dots, numerals and number words up to ten on them. I painted the dots in patterns, lines and random groupings to provide the children with opportunities to develop, not just their counting and one to one correspondence, but also their subitising skills with the smaller numbers. Subitising of small numbers is a mandated outcome in the national curriculum.
Now my preppies have 3 new sets of rocks to explore and play with at the start of next term.
Now scissors, paper and rocks are truely an essential part of our classroom!