Although my philosophy of letter learning is that they cannot be studied in isolation and should be learned in the context of words, as this is how we see them most often, we have a letter of the week at Mommy School.
Why, you may ask, do I do something opposite to what I just finished saying I believe in? Well, for one, we don’t study the one letter in isolation. Typically, we complete a letter craft, create a search and find sensory bin using items that begin with that letter, learn about the various sounds the letter makes in different parts of words (because the English language is crazy!) and plan our weekly fieldtrip to somewhere that begins with our letter. Sometimes, I include the letter in other ways throughout our week, but that’s often just a sweet combination of luck and coincidence!
Here’s what we got up to for Letter B Week:
Each week we will be adding a page to our cumulative alphabet dictionary. For Mr Man, this consists of tracing both the upper and lower case letter and choosing a letter object from the sensory bin to draw. Little Momma also chooses an object and dictates a sentence to copy – “B is for Bear.” (I also take a photo of each child with their chosen item to add later to their dictionaries!).
This week we made a Letter B – Bumblebee!
To make your own, you’ll need the following:
– letter B, cutout of yellow construction paper
– stripes, wings and stinger, cutout of black construction paper
– wing cutout of parchment or wax paper
– black pipecleaner antennas
– googled eyes
This week has to have been one of my favourite field trips we have ever had at Mommy School. We took a BUS to the mall and visited BUILD A BEAR!
Riding the bus was an exciting adventure in itself.
Add the excitement of building and dressing their own stuffed animal – these kiddos were over the moon!
Meet “Dunks”, the basketball monkey and “Good Kitty”, the glamorous cat, newest members of our clan!