In the beginning of November I started a letter exploration with the whole class. I have used a variety of medias and learning styles to introduce the letters and their sounds to the class. In the picture above I made a parking lot out of blue painters tape on the carpet. Then I put a piece of tape with the upper and lower case letter in each parking spot, and a matching car with the letters taped to the top. Many of the kids went nuts over this. You could expand this idea in many ways, by making the parking spots have only upper case letters, and the cars have lower case letters, or numbers, etc. It gets the children playing, moving, and learning all at the same time!
I also introduced the letters in a more traditional way. Because many of the students in my group are familiar with most of the letters, I decided to read one book each day that had a focus letter. The first morning we read “Alligator Baby” by Robert Munsch. Then I made an alphabet box that has one letter in each drawer. Each drawer holds a number of little charms or items I have collected. In the picture above you can see all of the charms that start with the letter A:
After building the letter A with our wood pieces, we pulled out each charm and said the sound for A while labeling the charms. The final part of our project was to make a letter A craft. We made the A into an alligator! So far we have discussed the letters A-N in the past two months.
I have enjoyed the combination of approaches when talking about each letter. With combing the phonics part of the letter study, it allows children that already may know how to write or form the letter a more advanced way to learn.
I made this glittery gel writing bag too. While the children are at choice time I have been calling them over to make the letters out of wood pieces, trace the letters in the bag, and draw the letters in the learning journals.
One of our learning trays has been this alphabet monster (a baby wipe box in disguise!) They can put the letters in the box in alphabetical order, or simply pick up a letter, name the letter and then feed it to the monster.
We also ate a delicious letter snack! Sarah (one of my preschool moms) told me about these pretzels you can make yourself. We made the dough, and then each child rolled and formed the dough into the first letter of their name. It was fun and yummy!
Golden brown out of the oven!
Gluing down fruit loops or stringing fruit loops is always excited to this group! I wrote out their names using the different colors of the fruit loops. Then they had to find the correct color and glue it onto their letters in their name.
The finished products looked great!
We also made a hop scotch that was all of the letters of the alphabet!
This week we also had pattern blocks and felt pieces on the tables to explore. Lots of neat creations were made.
These next photos are just some of the things we did while we were studying letters, or moments captured around the classroom.
The trains were a lot of fun the past two months. They made endless different train tracks.
This was group art project outside. The paints were made of clear hair gel, liquid watercolors and confetti.
The mud kitchen continues to be a hit!
The purple rice bin was filled with gems, hearts, test tubes, and ice cube trays.
Another art project was an simple invitation of metallic pens, popsicle sticks, and washi tape. They had so much fun coloring the sticks and covering them with different styles of tape.