Remember a while back I shared our Tactile Letters - well we've been working on some more. As I introduce a new letter I have been using some words beginning with that letter to focus our activities and to give some context. For example, when we were looking at letter A we learnt that a is for apple and ant - then we did some projects to do with apples and ants. I'm trying not to get too hung up on the word association though, I read a great article somewhere about a well-meaning teacher trying to teach the letter 'm' to her class - the kids were given a marshmallow to eat, looked at a map and wrote letters to their mothers - but of course a child does not associate the soft sweet marshmallow with the crinkly paper map and so the association is often lost.
I have been keeping all our activities and the tactile letters I am making as we go along and have mounted them in a big ring bound book - this way we can sit down and read it together, practise saying, feeling and tracing the letters. Vin especially liked this 'T is for Tree' page.
How did you go about introducing letters to your kids? Any other fun letter tips you want to share?