Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, so I like to spend the whole month of November teaching my preschoolers about gratitude. This Thanksgiving literacy activity does just that, and it is really low prep, too!
There’s no better way to enjoy the holidays in preschool than to work in those special holiday themes in an educational way. This month we’re being pretty straight forward with our theme. We’re learning about Thanksgiving and what it means to be thankful. To kick off our new theme, my class started with this Thanksgiving literacy activity: I’m Thankful Predictable Chart.
Predictable charts are a great way to incorporate literacy into the preschool classroom. They give preschoolers authentic experiences that help them build concepts of print, like reading from left to right and from top to bottom, reading with one to one correspondence, and it teaches children to return sweep. All these concepts of print are taught in this simple Thanksgiving literacy activity.
This activity is one we keep returning to. I leave the predictable chart out for my students to work with during free choice centers, thus allowing them even more opportunities to practice those prereading skills that are so important. The best part though, is how it makes my preschoolers feel empowered to read with the limited skills they have at this age in at this time of the year. How motivating for them!
To read more about how to incorporate predictable charts in your classroom, and about this “I’m Thankful” acivity, which is perfect for Thanksgiving, head on over to Preschool Spot and read the whole story and how-to for this Thanksgiving literacy activity!
I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.