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 P 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 police car and Mr Man selected a polar bear.
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, “P is for police.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.
P is for Pig.
To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter P from pink construction paper. Provide a pig nose, tail and ears cut from pink paper, as well as black details for ears and nostrils and some googly eyes.
For this week’s field-trip Friday we visited the Parliament buildings here in Ottawa and went up the Peace Tower. The kids loved the view of the city (though they thought it was the whole world!) from up in the clock tower!
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!).