So we are thinking of using LOTW with our 4 year old. For those of you using it, I would love some feedback. I am so used to having a book in hand… not a download. Feel free to answer 1 or all questions. Thanks in advance.
- Did you go with the download or the cd?
- Did you print it all out? If so where?
- If you didn’t print it all out, what did you print out and when?
- Did you do all of it? Piece it together with other things?
- Any add’l. feedback?
We are using LOTW with our 3 year old. Per my friend’s advice I didn’t print everything, I printed and prepared what I needed for the first week. This was good advice as there were some things that my daughter loved and some she had little interest in. While her older sisters would color all day if we let them, she didn’t want to color hardly at all, but she loves the counting, sorting and letter matching activities. I am using the 100 days tracker and printed one of each of the Monday through Friday pages of the daily learning notebook and put them in page protectors to re-use with dry erase markers. She isn’t that into them so I was glad I didn’t print the entire book. There is a lot of great stuff in the LOTW curriculum that appeals to kids of all abilities and skill levels, but you don’t have to use it all, use what works best for your child which you can gauge as you go along. By the end of the year, I’m hoping she will have gained skills and interest to do all of it, but I don’t want to force her or make her dislike it.
Also on the flash card pages, shapes, letters, memory verses etc., I used the print multiple pages on one page feature, I selected the pages I wanted and printed them with the orientation and number that best fit. This saved tons of ink, paper and laminating sleeves! I also laminated the letter discs and cut them out, I didn’t attach them to wooden circles and it seems to work fine and store easier.
My daughters all love the songs, especially days of the week and “the letter says ____”
~ I did the download
~ I printed all of the activities(at home) for letters A-C to get an idea of what my son liked and disliked. Then I just started printing the activities he liked 3 letters at a time. I laminate certain things, such as the lacing letters and the tracing sheets, and the rest I use as consumable items. The laminated items and the letter disk activities I store in folders by letter and and put several folders in a binder. We use the saved activities for review or for fun.
~ I’d say that we do about 2/3 of the activities for each letter, plus I added a pre-school math workbook and bible activities. I also found a worksheet generator online to create worksheets where he can trace his name and we work on that one day a week.
~ My little guy(he’s 4) has really enjoyed this curriculum. By far his favorite things are the lacing cards, the pre-writing and cutting practice and the letter collages. He doesn’t care much for dot to dots and coloring just yet. He loves the colorful pictures and is always super excited to learn a new letter!