Better late then never, right?! With a Spring baby, a busy, fun-filled Summer and settling back into Fall routines, I fell behind on our Letter of the Week posts. However, I don’t do well with unfinished business, so I will be finishing these posts over the next couple of weeks, in interest of completion 🙂
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 U 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 and Mr Man both selected an item of Fire Fighter uniform.
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, “U is for uniform.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.
U is for Underwater.
To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter U from blue construction paper. Provide some blue tissue paper to attach behind and an assortment of fish to swim around! This doubled as a great fine-motor, counting and colour learning activity, in addition to our letter of the week craft!
U is for uniform.
For this week’s field-trip Friday we visited the local Police and Fire Department in our town. The kid’s loved checking out the officer’s vehicles, trying on the uniforms and seeing the ins and outs of both stations!
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!).