Early childhood education is such a rewarding level to work with. Those little minds are like a sponge as they soak up everything that is offered to them in their day to day classroom life. If one were to stand on the side and watch the busyness in a preschool, kindergarten or even a 1st grade classroom, they would be astonished at the amount of learning that really goes on...when at a first glace it might seem as the children are just "playing".
From the minute they walk into the room, learning begins. From the table activities that are waiting for them in the morning to keep their hands and minds busy while the teacher scurries around his/her classroom completing morning tasks, to the carpet-time routines where they learn songs, poems and many social skills...those little people soak all that up and their educational foundation grows.
When I was an EC teacher, I loved to have lots of activities available for my students. They needed to be hands-on, provide opportunity to learn new skills and most of all FUN! I also sent "Book Bags" home with my students with some of these same type of learning games that they could play with their family members and always with a special picture book---fostering the love of reading is so important!
Two of the emergent literacy skills that are taught in EC classrooms are learning letter names and sounds. The cards below are fun to use as a memory game.
I've just posted this activity as a FREE download (for a short time) at my TeacherspayTeachers store. Feel free to click on the link, download and print off to use in your classroom or or play at home in your living room with your own child.