Although my personal 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 N Week:
Each of my older children gets the chance to find a hidden object that begins with our letter of the week from the rice bin. This week Little Momma chose some nail polish and Mr Man selected a Ninja Turtle.
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, “N is for nail polish.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.
N is for Night.
To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter N from black construction paper. Provide a moon and some stars cut from yellow paper. And allow the kids to creatively create their very own night sky!
Fort this week’s field-trip Friday we visited the Wild Bird Sanctuary to check out all of the various bird nests they have on display. The kids thought it was lots of fun to match the display eggs with the appropriate bird’s nest and guess how many eggs each bird likely lays.
And of course before leaving we took a little stroll and fed some of the birds outside!
To end-off our week the kids each spend some time writing in their journals about our weekly field trip. Often it is pictures for my younger guy with a few scribed sentences, while my eldest will write a few simple sentences on her own, using her word wall, ‘best guess’ spelling and some assistance from myself (she’s my perfectionist!).