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My little preschooler cannot wait for school to start back up. She’s definitely into Back to School more than my older two kids. When I was back-to-school shopping a few days ago at Walmart for my older kids, I noticed they had some preschooler Back to School supplies from Disney Junior.
Her preschool provides her school supplies, but she still wants to buy supplies with her brother and sister. So, we picked up a few things from Disney. We got Doc McStuffin and Sofia the First learning activity games, and these fun pouch activities for rhyming and letter writing with Mickey Mouse and Jake and the Neverland Pirates.
Last year she was in the 3 year old class for two mornings a week. This year she’ll be headed to the 4 year old class. She is thrilled it’s almost school time. Preschool is a lot about play, so at home we work more on the academic part.
She’s learned to write her name, and she’s really good at identifying all the letters and their sounds. I can tell she is ready to put it all together and start reading and writing. We’ve been using the Disney Junior First Words Learning Activity to get a jump start, and she’s so happy her big sister has been helping her.
Fine motor skills can be a bit frustrating for preschoolers, so besides writing on the wipe off sheets, we also make the letters out of play dough and shaving foam, so she can spell while she plays and create words with different textures.
I call it Creative Learning with Disney Junior. She just discovered Sofia the First and is really into everything Disney Junior right now.
I simply pull out a cookie sheet or parchment paper along with shaving cream and play dough, and we just have it along side the activity we are doing. It seems when we do it at the same time, she really gets more out of the activity. We use play dough and roll it into “snakes” to make the letters. Or, I keep regular ol’ shaving foam under the kitchen sink to pull out for letter writing time. It’s a fun messy way to learn your letters.
After just a few days, I started seeing a difference. She’s finding words everywhere! She’s putting her magnetic letters together on the fridge into some of the words we’ve made. She’s even identifying words in books we’ve been reading together.
Preschoolers have a huge desire to learn all the time, so I try to turn as many fun things as I can into learning. What do you do with your preschooler to get #Ready4Preschool?