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Letter and Writing Practice

At parent conferences and the Celebration of Learning, a few parents were wondering about activities for additional practice with letter recognition and letter sounds. We are also working on the progression of writing, beginning with pretend writing (or inventive writing, which looks like scribbles or random letters put together to form “words”), and now are exploring sounding out each letter to try and spell words on their own (which has also turned into lessons and learning about perseverance and trying things to completion on their own…. :)). Please look at the following activities to try at home with your child! Remember that these are homework or expected to be completed at home…. it’s just if you are looking for some fun activities to practice with your child at home. These might be great ideas to do during the summer to help avoid the “summer slip” too and keep them ready for Grade 1!

~ no matter what activity you do, keep it fun! If it’s in the form of a game or activity, if it is fun it will be more engaging and therefore more effective 🙂

~ Letter Hunt: when you’re in the car or going somewhere, do an alphabet hunt looking for words that have a specific letter (ex. S in a STOP sign). You can also do the same thing by choosing a letter and finding things that start with that letter (ex. h sound “huh” – house). If you’re child is struggling with letter recognition and sounds, begin with only the letters in their name.

~ Memory – it’s a classic game, but a good one! You can easily make a set of uppercase and lowercase (mixed or individual) cards to use. There are also TONS of resources online that you could just print out and use as well.

~ Letter Matching Game – just like the good ‘ol fashioned game of matching, just with upper and/or lower case letters. You can also do this with matching pictures to beginning letter sounds too. Using clothespins, have your say the letter at the top of the card and attach the clothespin to the matching lowercase letter. 

~ Playdough: choose a letter (you can use the letter cards for the matching game) and have your child make the letter out of playdough (make sure they MAKE the letter, and not draw it in the playdough…. the fine motor skills practice is an added bonus!). You can also make it more challenging by showing them a picture card, they have to say the starting sounds, determine the letter, and then make the letter out of playdough.

~ Playdough and Lego: Using lego, have the kids form different letters in the playdough using the bumpy side of the lego. You can even use this to try spelling basic words (ex. it, in, mom, the, etc.). You can use the Alphabet cards as visual prompts, and then have your child say the letter and make it with playdough. 

~ Slap It! – Have alphabet cards and divide them in half (kind of like Slap Jack). When a letter that’s in his name comes up, he can slap it and say the letter before he can move on.

~ Letter Hunt in a magazine – Starting with the letters in his name, hunt through magazines to find the various letters (they will be in various fonts and styles), then cut out and glue onto a page or in a book. After a certain point, he can just find random letters and add to the book without focusing on a specific letter. 

~ Slides and Ladders – includes a board for both Upper and Lower case letters. When playing the game, it will be important for your child to identify and say the letters that they are landing on, climbing up to, or sliding down to. 

 

At RMS, our Early Literacy teacher, Miss Imorde, has a wonderful blog with ideas as well as other blogs she follows (see links below). If you type in your email address to follow the blogs that you’re interested in, then they will send you updates with new blog posts that they do so you don’t have to keep going back to check!

This Reading Mama blog:  http://thisreadingmama.com/category/alphabet-activities/

This Measured Mom blog:  http://www.themeasuredmom.com/learning/

Miss Imorde’s blog:  https://readingtipsforhome.wordpress.com/

 





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