We have jumped back into January with a bang! We picked up where we left off in December discussing our letters. Each morning we continue to read a book associated with the letter we are concentrating on that day. After talking about the way the letter is formed, we will look inside of our sound box and see what items represent that letter’s sound.
I have also been trying to incorporate a whole language letter approach into lots of other parts of our morning activities. The picture above shows one of the games we played at morning meeting last week. I had post-it notes with upper and lower case letters on the ground. Then each child used a piece of yarn to find the matching lower case letter on the floor. It was like a giant matching game with yarn!
Last week we had a discussion around the magnetic board about our letters. One side of the board was labeled “Letters with Holes” and the other side was labeled “Letters without Holes.” After I modeled a few examples I called on each child to pick a letter and place it in the correct category. This really got the children analyzing the formation of the letters and how they are made. After we completed the activity, I moved all of the letters to the bottom and invited everyone to move the letters around during choice time later that morning.
I made a batch of plain gelatin in muffin tins, and hid our transparent letters inside of each muffin container. I popped out all of the gelatin and left it in the art room to explore with kitchen knives. They were really interested in this new texture and freeing the trapped letters.
Of course we wrote some of our letters in our learning journals. The “F” is much easier to form than the letter “G.” Therefore I gave some starting points and guiding dots to help some of the class with their letter G. They have come a long way, and many of them are displaying such wonderful pencil grip and fine motor control. It must be all of the play dough and tweezers work we have been doing!
Ellie helped me get our “I Spy” wall hung up. Each child has been bringing in environmental print to share that they have “spied” letters on the cover. I will share a picture of our completed “I Spy” wall soon.
We are back to school, and it has gotten off to a great start!