I have been doing some reading on working on vertical surfaces and there are so many benefits!
Here are just a FEW of the benefits:
1. We’re using a whole new set of muscles or at least were are using them in a different way so we can “cross train” aka strengthen our muscles in a different way.
2. Bilateral coordination and crossing the midline – Your Lil’ is using both sides of their body to work and crossing over the center of their body to work (again new muscles being strengthened).
3. Sensory – I mean how many times are we saying that our Lil’s just can’t sit still. Well, when we are working on a vertical surface, they don’t have to. They can move their feet and they can bounce a little while they work. Our brains work even when we are moving. In fact, some people thrive and work better when they can move a little.
This means I will be incorporating more activities that use vertical surfaces in our lessons.
Today’s lesson works on letter and sound recognition as well as motor skills (you know the ones use in the vertical surface activities.)

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Can identify all capital letters and some sounds

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Can identify all capital letters and most sounds

Fine Motor

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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*Painters Tape

*Magnet Letters

Step #1
Using tape on a magnetic surface (garage door, magnet board, refrigerator) create a web.

  • I started by making a t and then adding two more straight lines intersecting the t.
  • Then I use smaller pieces of tape to connect the lines.
Step #2

Invite your Lil’ to play with the letter magnets on the web.

I only offered the letters that we were working on this month.

Lil’ Explorers – B, L, G, O

Lil’ Creators – Pp, Ll, Oo, Bb, Gg, Ff

Teacher Tip

Add conversation to your Lil’s play. When they pick up a letter, wait for them to name it. If they don’t rather than quiz them, name it for them. After a while they may just start name them on their own (even if they don’t they are totally soaking in ALL of your language).

If your Lil’ is mastering their letter identification add in sounds. So when they pick up the B say “B, like bear, book, and big. Buh Buh B.”

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