Hello!! Soph has had the alphabet memorized for quite some time and can recognize a few letters but I have really wanted to start working with her on a consistent basis on recognizing letters and their sounds and so it’s now a priority and I have decided to spend some time each day with her focusing on one letter at a time.
We decided to start with the letter S since it is a familiar letter to her. We also had Jack join in on the fun as well!
I spent some time printing out some great activities for us to do and laminating some of the pieces with my Scotch Thermal Laminator to make them more durable so we can reuse them.
I set everything out on the table for her to check out and decide where to start.
Soph decided to start with the S is for Submarine dot sticker page that I found over at The Measured Mom. I had set out some dot stickers that I had picked up at the store but she ran in her own room and found some of her own stickers to use. She had a great time picking out the perfect stickers and placing them on the page. I had set Jack up with a coloring page and helped him trace the S while going over the sound that the letter S makes and some words that begin with the letter S with both of them.
Soph has been all about learning to use scissors for some time now so once she was done with her dot sticker page she was ready to move onto her cut and paste activity. We used the cut and paste activity I had found over at This Reading Mama. Most of our printables this week came from her “Learning the Alphabet” printable pack for the letter S. Soph really enjoyed cutting out each of the pictures for both her and her brother. It was at that point that I realized we were out of glue so tape would have to do! I placed a small piece of tape on the back of each picture and they could tape it to their letter S (or themselves as Jack decided to do!). We took the time to say the name of each picture out loud so we could focus on how all the pictures had the same beginning sound.
I had laminated the S tracing sheet from This Reading Mama so we could reuse it for practice from here on out but it very quickly became a play dough mat. Both kids have gotten really into play dough in the last month or so and we spent a good 30 to 40 minutes making “sugar cookies” out of play dough!
We finished off the day’s activities with a little bit of screen time. She hopped on ABCmouse.com. We have been using this for a couple of months now and she really enjoys it. I like that it introduces her to a lot of different subjects and it does it in a way that she finds fun and engaging.
We will continue working this week on the letter S and hopefully I can share some of those activities with you next time. Overall I think it went really well. It was nice to have a structured set of things to do. We did each activity until they were ready to move on. Sometimes we took breaks in between activities so they wouldn’t get overwhelmed.
Have a great day!!
Here are just a few of the other items that we use at home to work on letter recognition and beginning letter sounds with the kids:
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