This week the kiddos and I started to look at letters. I know that they are a bit young for letter recognition and pre-reading, but I also thought that identifying a letter S and the sound it makes is no different from shape recongition, or pointing to a picture of a dog and pretending to bark right?
Because I'm wary of 'teaching' and things like 'tot schools' I wanted to make sure none of this felt like work - we have been doing some letter 's' activities throughout the week (our seaside small world and playdough were some of our vaguely 's' related activities) and I steered clear of things like worksheets and flash cards.
We started with the letter 's' because that is one of the first phonic sounds that is taught in pre-schools - the system I am familiar with goes S, A, T, I, P, N for the first sounds. We did some snake-like hissing and hand movements to go with our learning.
I had hoped to make some Montessori sandpaper letters, but time got away from me this week. Of course there are 39 other phonetic sounds we need to master, so there is plenty of time for a spot of DIY resource building! Instead I decided to use some textures from my craft stash to get the same effect.
I cut out lots of 's's from corrugated card, fabric, felt, foam, tissue paper and sponge cloth as well as some from magazines and the kiddos made some touchy-feely collages. I also cut out some big card letters and they decorated them with stickers and glitter glue.
I put some of them into a ringbound book for Vin and I to look over when we are practising. I added some more 's' word elements on one of the pages and wrote out some of the words for him to match on the opposite page
I have some more 's' activities to share soon - because I am completely taking my cues from the kiddos I am not rushing onto another letter just yet so we have lots more 'slimey', 'stripey', 'squeaky', 'spotty' playtimes to enjoy!