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 I 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 Indian corn and Mr Man selected an ice-cream scoop.
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, “I is for Indian corn.” and Mr Man copies the upper and lower case letter and then draws his chosen object.
I is for Iguana.
To make your own: Pre-cut an upper-case letter I from green construction paper. Provide an iguana’s head and tail, googly eyes and of course a red tongue for the details.
Our field trip this week was to our local Reptile Zoo and Insectarium, Little Ray’s Reptiles. The kids enjoyed looking at the insect display and then learned more when the zoo keepers did a special presentation on insects and the amphibians and reptiles which feed on insects!
We picked up a fun package of insects as a souvenir of our trip and the kids really loved sorting them and making imprints in playdough!
To end-off our week the kids each spend some time writing in their journals about our 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!).