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:
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.
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.
S is for Snowman.
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.
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!
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!).