Letter of the Week ~ S

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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 S Week:

Letter Dictionary:

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 a sheep and Mr Man selected Sleeping Beauty.

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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, “S is for sheep.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.

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Letter Craft:

S is for Snowman.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter S from white construction paper. Provide a black hat,  orange carrot nose, pieces for a mouth, buttons, a scarf and some googly eyes. And allow your child(ren) to create a cute snowman of their very own.

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Field Trip: 

S is for stamps. For this week’s field-trip Friday we visited the Canadian stamp collection at our local History Museum. The kid’s loved picking out those with their favourite pictures and Mr Man was especially excited to see both hockey and super hero collections!

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Journal Writing: 

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!).

Art Appreciation: Kadinsky

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I love the arts, especially the creativity it evokes in young people. However, my own artistic ability, as it relates to visual arts, is very limited, and so I thought a fun way to integrate it into our school plan for the year would be through monthly Art Appreciation projects.


Back in February we tried our hands at the abstract works of Wassily Kandinsky. 

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After discussing Kadinsky’s background as a founding father of abstract art and exploring how he believed shapes and colours evoked feelings in people (i.e. squares would bring on a sense of calm), we got to work making own interpretations of his painting, Farbstudie Quadrate” (pictured above).

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Using large lengths of easel paper taped to the floor we drew in the squares with pencil and then began painting circles with watercolour paints. The kids enjoyed choosing a variety of colours and worked hard to make each of their circles unique.

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The finished masterpieces were both colourful and individiual!

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Letter of the Week ~ R

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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 R Week:

Letter Dictionary:

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.

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I take a photo of the kids with their chosen objects and then have them complete their dictionary page. This week they both chose ‘Rockets’, which happens when candy is an option, I suppose! Little Momma writes a sentence and illustrates, “R is for Rockets.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.

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Letter Craft:

R is for Raccoon.

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To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter R from blue/gray construction paper. Provide black ears, mask, stripes, nose, claws and some googly eyes.

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R is for rest, reading, Rio and racing! For this week’s field-trip Friday Mommy was feeling under the weather, and so Little Momma suggested some R & R at home!

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Hot Wheels Races:

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Journal Writing: 

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!).