Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Preschool Activities that Promote Fluency

It's Wednesday, and here at Preschool Ponderings, that means time to focus on the standards.  Every Wednesday I choose an Early Learning Standard and share a number of activities that can be aligned with that particular standard.  Remember, the Standards that I use every day, and am most comfortable with are Ohio's Early Learning Development Standards - you can review them here, however I've found that even if your State's standards differ, many of these activities can still be aligned similarly. I've rounded up some great ideas today!

Domain: Language and Literacy

Strand: Reading
Topic: Fluency

In preschool, fluency means that children use intonation and phrasing when they participate in shared reading, chants, rhymes, and finger plays.  The goal is that children are able to recognize familiar tunes and repetitive phrases. Here are some great ideas for meeting this standard; 

My class LOVED our Monkey Mitt - It's a fuzzy glove with velcro on each finger, you can get different characters for.  The characters go with familiar songs like "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" "BINGO" and "5 Green and Speckled Frogs."  We found ours at a garage sale, but you can get one on Amazon (affiliate link).

The "There Was an Old Lady" books have a rhyming structure and repetitive story that children can easily follow along with.  Try this activity so children can follow along.

Dr. Jean is the queen of cheers and songs.  Check out her site for some new ideas - she has one for every single theme and topic!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Every child knows this book (or can pick up on it really really quickly), introduce the book and then let the children read it to you, they'll get a kick out of it, while practicing fluency! (Affiliate link).

These are all fun easy ideas for encouraging reading and fluency, and ideas that make every child feel successful!


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  2. Lots of great ideas. I love the old lady retelling paint stick!

  3. Lots of great ideas. I love the old lady retelling paint stick!