Ah, the summer slide! That brightly colored tube-shaped tower at the local park, right? Nope. I’m talking about the “other” summer slide. The one well-known by educators. It refers to learning loss that can (and does) occur during those off-school months.
Let’s prevent that with engaging summer lesson plans for preschoolers! Children’s counting books, emergent reader books, and this free summer printable for preschoolers will ensure your preschooler’s only sliding will occur down that delightful tube.
Counting Activities for Preschoolers:
COUNTING 1 TO 10 ACTIVITIES with preschoolers
COUNTING GAMES ARE WONDERFUL MATH ACTIVITIES TO PRACTICE NUMBER RECOGNITION AND COUNTING FLUENCY.
Counting fluency is important in the early years because it provides a solid foundation for future math instruction.
This summer preschool theme is a great way to end the school year or to send home as a summer activity.
I like to introduce a page or two each day during circle time. We count the items on the page, identify the numeral, and practice “reading” the sentence at the bottom of the page.
When children are familiar with the number book, I will put it at the math center for them to work on independently.
In addition to sharpening counting and math skills, this summer theme printable also helps students practice reading!
- One to one correspondence
- Numeral recognition
- Tracing numerals
- Reading predictable text with sight words
What Can Preschoolers Learn From a Counting and Numbers Book?
ACTIVITIES FOR COUNTING AND NUMBER RECOGNITION
PRESCHOOL COUNTING ACTIVITIES SHOULD BE AS HANDS-ON AS POSSIBLE.
There are a number of ways preschool teachers can make this summer counting book tactile.
- Place mini erasers (or another manipulative) onto each picture while counting up to that number.
- Use a crayon or marker to trace each numeral.
- Color the pictures.
- Separate the pages, mix them up, and challenge students to place them in the correct order.
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How To Use The Preschool Summer Number Activity
COUNTING with preschoolers
YOU CAN MIX THIS ACTIVITY UP IN A “NUMBER” OF DIFFERENT WAYS TO KEEP IT FUN AND ENGAGING.
First, just print the black and white activity.
Then, cut the pages in half.
Finally, staple the pages together to form a little booklet. Or don’t.
- Work through the booklet page by page. On each page, students will count the object, identify the numeral, and read the sentence.
- Place a manipulative onto each picture while counting. Or, make a slash mark/dot on each picture with a crayon.
- Keep the book pages separated, giving one each day for ten days.
- Laminate the pages and place them at the math center. Students can count objects onto them and use a dry erase marker to trace the numbers.
Other Ways To Use Summer Theme Counting Book:
Mix up the pages of the book to challenge students to put them in order 1-10 or 10-1.
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