Our kids love learning about trees. Greg helped me construct a free printable tree that we used to do a simple art activity which incorporated counting and left to right orientation for reading. We also used it for sight word recognition.
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You will need:
- Free printable Tree (click link to access printable)
- Do-a-Dot Markers, crayons, markers, circle stickers, paint and paintbrush, or pen to write sight words
- Paper to write sight word list for matching if doing sight words
I admit that I thought the instructions I gave the Sugar Snaps for the first activity were quite simple. Start from the top and count in rows from left to right: 1-1,2-1,2,3 etc. It turned out that though I have encouraged the left to right orientation when practicing reading skills, this activity was a challenge for them. When counting, they are used to continuing rather than stopping and starting. They had the tendency to say 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on rather than beginning again at each row. We practiced several times before they got the hang of it. Once, they understood the activity, I had them use the dot markers in rows starting from the top, going from row to row from left to right. Alternatively, you could have your children fill in the rows from left to right using crayons, markers, circle shaped stickers or paint applied with a paint brush. Use whatever you have on hand
We have also been working on matching sight words. I filled the tree in with sight words and had them find the matching sight words that were written on a separate piece of paper. Older children could fill in the tree by figuring out which sight words had the appropriate amount of letters to fit the spaces.
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