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 E Week:
Each of my children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. Little Momma chose some Easter Bunny ears and Mr Man selected an egg.
I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. Little Momma writes a sentence and illustrates, “E is for ears.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his object.
E is for Elephant.
To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter E from light blue or gray construction paper. Provide a trunk, an ear cutout and googly eyes for the details. Little Momma also likes to add her own details with crayon or marker.
Our field trip was to an awesome, local, family-run farm, called Rock n Horse Farms, where we got to follow the farmer along on his morning barn chores. This included, feeding and watering the hens and collecting their eggs.
And we even got to take a dozen of these farm fresh eggs home with us!