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Preschool Letter D

Preschool Letter D was a tricky one for us! We started out just great, but on day 2, Filip noticed it; yep, he realised that letter b and letter d “look the same”, as he put it. But, before I get on to talking about that, let’s start with Day 1 and what we did!

We started off with our beginning sounds basket. Filip took out each item and named them, emphasizing the “d-d-d” sound at the start.

Preschool Letter D beginning sounds basket

After naming the items, and noticing that DVD starts AND ends with d, we moved on and Filip practiced forming the letter D on our Alphabet Play Dough Mat.

Preschool Letter D - finger tracing on play dough mats

And then tracing, using our whiteboard markers. This continues to be a favourite for my little man!

Preschool Letter D write and wipe with dry erase makers

I bought the following worksheets last year to use with my daughter, but we did not get around to using them! However, I thought Filip could use a change to the usual letter recognition worksheets we did, so we used these worksheets with some stickers!Preschool Letter D upper case and lowercase letter recognitionAnd here he is with the completed page! If you’d like a copy of them, they are available in Dawn’s store on TpT right here!

Preschool Letter D letter recognition

We then did our preschool Letter of the Week Craft, which is always lots of fun! Here is a photo of Filip putting some dotty stickers on the dinosaur.

Preschool Letter of the Week D alphabet craft

And the end result:

Preschool Letter of the Week D craft dog dinosaur

We finished the first day with the Alphabet Find It sensory game.

Preschool Letter D Alphabet Find It sensory game

We started Day 2 with out Ice Cream beginning sounds sort. And that’s when IT happened.  He noticed that “b” and “d” look the same. No, they don’t sound the same, but they sure look the same and this puzzled my little one.

Preschool Letter of the Week D beginning sounds scoops

We finished sorting out the pictures.

Preschool letter of the Week D beginning sounds scoops

And then we did the cut and paste follow up activity for letters A-D.  (Download the sample from my TpT store here to get the picture scoops for Letters A, B, C, D and cut and paste worksheets for them.)

Preschool Letter of the week review a,b,c,d

All this time, I was thinking of how to explain the difference between “b” and “d”. Now, I’m addicted  a bit of a Pinterest fan and have come across many ideas of how to teach children the difference between these two tricky letters. I had a light bulb experience then! I remembered seeing a Pin that said, “Little a is in little d”. My mind ticked over and came up with this:

Preschool Letter of the week D b and d letter reversalsI found some corrugated paper and, using the templates located at the end of my  Alphabet Play Dough Mat unit, I cut out letters a, b, c and d. I used green for “a” and “d”, and different colours for the other letters. I placed some starting dots on them and asked Filip to trace over each of the letters. We talked about how “b” started with a smooth going down sensation on his finger, and how “a” and “d” started out bumpy and by going around, instead of straight down.

Preschool Letter of the Week teaching that little "a" is in little "d

I then put the “a” on top of the “d” and that’s when it really clicked inside my little preschooler’s mind that “little a is in little d”!

Preschool Letter of the Week teaching that little "a" is in little "d

Success! We jumped over that hurdle just fine 🙂

We moved on and did our beginning sounds worksheet.

Preschool Letter of the Week D beginning sounds

My daughter is in Prep (Kindergarten) and because  she is already reading, we do a lot of CVC word building activities after school when she asks for extra work. This week Filip insisted on doing “Cami’s work”, so we borrowed her activity and gave it a try. This is way beyond Filip’s capabilities to work on individually, but he really did enjoy it! We used the answer cards as a guide and he built the words using that, instead of trying to figure them out on his own. If this is something you might like to try, you can download a sample from my TpT store here!

Preschool Letter D word work

Filip did some more uppercase letter D tracing using the printables from The Measured Mom.

Preschool Letter of the Week D tracing

And we finished the day off with a pre-writing practice sheet (From the Pond).

Preschool Letter of the Week D pre-writing practice

We started Day 3 with some sensory fun: writing letters in salt! We coloured our salt the night before by adding some poster paint to table salt, mixing to distribute the colour as evenly as possible, and letting dry over-night. I then grabbed a lid off a gift box, poured the salt into it, and let Filip have fun! Here he is writing the capital D:

Preschool Letter of the Week D writing practice in salt tray

… and lowercase d! He LOVED this activity! Highly recommend this as it is great for kinesthetic learners!

Preschool Letter of the Week D writing practice in salt tray

We did our  Q-Tip Letter d with some glue and glitter this week.

Preschool Letter of the Week d Q-Tip activity

We also did the letter D Alphabet Counting Mat.
Preschool Letter of the Week Alphabet Number Puzzle

And we finished with our booklet for the week!

Preschool Letter of the Week D Alphabet Flip Book

David had a dentist appointment on this particular day and stayed home from school.

While we were doing our Preschool Letter of the Week, he got busy looking up craft ideas on my Pinterest Boards. He found this cute leprechaun craft made from a paper plate which he duplicated.

Leprechaun craft

And also a spring flower. We are heading into Autumn in Australia, but I’m sure my friends from America are looking forward to Spring 🙂

Spring Flower Craft

8 Responses to “Preschool Letter D”

  1. Cherie says:

    You are a genius! I’m going to use that little a on top of little d idea! Quick question: When do you teach capital letters to Filip? My son’s preschool uses Zoo-Phonics and Jolly Phonics, and he is solely taught lowercase letters. I was told this is because most of the text in books are written in lowercase.

    • Lavinia Pop says:

      So glad you like the letter reversal tip! 🙂
      Currently, my focus with Filip is on learning letter sounds but we also touch on letter formation for both capital and lowercase letters. (I’m hoping he will remember the sounds better if he can associate each sound with the path of motion for the corresponding letter.)
      I have heard from other parents that their kids are being taught only lowercase for the same reason… I think, however, that at some point during the school year kids will also be taught the capital letters, but perhaps less formally and through matching games and other similar activities.

  2. Mariela says:

    How much fun your little boy is having :). Thank you for sharing your ideas, I love them!!

  3. San says:

    Love this. I have been using this conversation wirh my classroom of threes for quite a while to help with letter recognition and writing skills. It also helps with learning left and right.

  4. joy says:

    love the dinosaur and dog craft. do you share the template somewhere? can’t seem to find it.

  5. margaux wisniewski says:

    I loved your ideas. Thank you so much for sharing. I am a special education teacher and found this information extremely helpful.

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