Preschool Letter J

Last week we did our Preschool Letter J! We used our Beginning Sounds scoops to start us off. I turned the scoops and cone upside down and Filip turned over each of the three scoops, identified the beginning sound and then checked his guess by turning over the cone. Yep, he was right: they all started with the J sound! As for the previous Preschool Letters, we used our Alphabet Playdough mats and Filip learned the path of motion for J by finger-tracing the letter. When he was confident finger-tracing the letter, he used a whiteboard marker to trace upper and lower case J. He continued with an upper and lower case letter recognition sheet from my Letter Find unit. He loves using his dot paints for these worksheets! (Click on the pictures to get letter J.) Once he found all the letters, we counted the upper case letters and recorded the number in the circle provided. We did the same for the lower case letters. He gets a kick out of seeing who wins – this time it was a tie, much to my little man’s dismay! Next, we practiced identifying the sound of our focus letter, and used this page from my Beginning Sounds Color It unit. This week, we did an upper case letter J. (Click on the pictures to get letter J.) All done! We then moved on to our focus number for the week: 2. Once again, we used our Number Playdough mats to help Filip learn the path of motion for writing the number… He actually makes car sounds as he forms the numbers. Never does this for the letters, but always for the numbers! Interesting! And then, once confident in forming the number, Filip used a whiteboard marker to write the number and colour the dots on the ten frame. Filip also did a number matching cut and paste worksheet… Of course, I helped him colour in! (Click on the picture to get the free unit from my TpT store.) And we finished the first day with a number puzzle. Now, we have just moved into a new house and we don’t have our number posters up. ( Click here to get them free from my TpT store)! This posed a bit of a problem for Filip as he had to rely on his knowledge of number order to correctly place the puzzle strips. (Click on the pictures to download the free unit from Google... read more

Word Work Galore in Grade Prep (Kinder)

This is my little princess, Camelia. She will always be my princess, and I fear that when she is married and has kids of her own, her hubby may not appreciate his mother-in-law calling his beautiful wife “Princess”. But we will cross that bridge if we ever come to it – because according  to my Princess, she will never get married. She will become a chef, live at home with me and make me good food… I’m quite certain that’s her sweet way of wink-nudging me that she wants me to cook awesome food like grandma 😛 Here is a pic of my Princess and her beautiful smile!   Camelia (Cami for short) LOVES all-things-Literacy! When she was younger, she liked to sit next to her older brothers and listen to them read. During her preschool year, she drew all sorts of amazing pictures and used invented spelling to label her drawings and later write sentences. Here is a great article on Invented Spelling from Reading Rockets if it’s an idea that you’d like to check out! I’m sure this was something she picked up from the boys as I did not have much time to develop this interest in her { insert great, heavy sigh and sob here}. Anyhow, let’s look at what Cami has been doing for homework these past 2 terms! The school she attends uses a Phonics curriculum called LEM Phonics and students are taught “phonograms”, which, and it took me a while to fully comprehend, is really another way of saying “all the sounds a single letter makes.” An example would be for the letter A: most preppies are taught that the letter A makes the short and long a sound. LEM Phonics teaches the 5 main letter A sounds (I know, I was like what?!? 5?!?!) and then children are taught to blend letter sounds together and read basic words as soon as they have learnt a, d, c, and s. On most days, Cami came home with one of these reading sheets. Pictures below, she has identified words that contain the short i sound (orange) and long i sounds (pink) and is tracing the letter i with her finger. Here she is reading the words at the bottom of her homework reading sheet. For beginning readers, the LEM Phonics curriculum places a number above a letter that produces multiple sounds to make it easy for children to identify which sound “the letter is saying”. So,... read more