The primary job of all preschool teachers is to keep the child engaged and interested. Children love color and are naturally creative and imaginative. The focus should be on enhancing these qualities and encouraging learning through play. Play is often the most powerful medium of learning. There is so much a teacher can achieve by introducing play that is attuned to fine motor skills, coordination or problem-solving skills.
Letter and number recognition through play
It is a much easier task to teach the three R’s through play. Most preschools have found Play dough to be one of the most engaging ways to introduce the child to alphabets. The vividly colored clay is an incentive to create letters. Fine motor coordination skills are also enhanced in the process.
Letter Blocks are very useful for imparting a basic knowledge of numbers. The colorful stackable blocks help in number and letter recognition. The child learns to recognize colors and fine motor coordination skills are improved vastly. Young learners enjoy the activities and learn at the same time.
Creativity and imagination are built up with this activity
At QualityKG accredited preschools, both play dough and letter blocks are used to encourage toddlers to give wings to their creativity. The imagination of the young learners is fired and the children find expression in the colors and shapes they create from the pliable play dough.
The learners find satisfaction in giving form to their thoughts. Something new comes into being with every attempt with the clay. The confidence of the children is boosted and they also get a takeaway gift from school.
In the same way, letter blocks also act as a stepping stone to creating new words and to spell through phonetics. These letter blocks can be incorporated in play. The child may be asked to pick up the corresponding block when a picture is displayed. This is helpful not just in picture recognition but also in learning new words and phonetics.