This week I decided to kick off our Letter of the Week activity by doing an Alphabet Week. 🙂 I’ve been seeing my fellow homeschooling moms do this activity with their kids. I decided to research more about it and found the site letteroftheweek.com. It’s the ultimate resource for letter of the week ideas! One of the mommy blogger’s suggestions was to start off with an introduction by doing an alphabet review. 🙂 That’s just what we did!
Timmy loves letters and he’s a born reader if there’s such a thing. 🙂 I really thank God that He gave him that natural inclination to read. It made my job a whole lot easier when I was teaching him phonics and reading. 🙂 Since he’s crazy about letters (and numbers) we bought him different kinds of letters over the years. I decided to sort them and put them in containers and place them in a huge bin as my BIG SURPRISE when he woke up last Monday. 🙂
I also picked the books that we will read for the week. 🙂
For Arts and Crafts I asked Timmy to make an alphabet artwork using my scrapbook stickers. 🙂 He arranged the letters in chronological order and doodled some random design. He enjoyed doing this one!
We also formed letters using pipe cleaners and clay! 🙂
We did our usual spelling practice, too. I also asked him to sort the upper case and lower case letters. 🙂
For math, we did some counting exercise using his letters. I asked him to put the corresponding number of letters in the boxes. 🙂 We also sorted the letters by color. 🙂
Timmy already knows that we’ll start with letter T tomorrow. 🙂 We’re both excited about it! We plan to spell his name first and probably his dad’s name then mine before we go chronological with our letter of the week. 🙂 I’m grateful to moms who generously share their ideas online. They inspire me to be creative and make learning more fun for my toddler. 🙂 I also praise and thank God, the giver of all wonderful ideas! Will share with you how our first letter of the week went in my next blog! 🙂
Luchi Ann LagmanPosted at 14:31h, 17 November
Hi, thank you for your post it is very informative. I am encouraged to start (informal) homeschooling my daughter. I have a 3 y.o. She knows most of the alphabet but not all of them, but knows and spells the letters in her name. I want to teach her the alphabet properly and formally this time, can you give me some tips and pointers? Do you teach upper or lowercase first? Should I do a letter of the week? I really have no clue . Hope to hear from you.
Ivy San Diego-GuerreroPosted at 07:01h, 19 November
Hi, Luchi! Thanks for dropping by! I taught my son phonics first. 🙂 When he learned the sounds it became easier for him to put them together. 🙂 I blogged about his reading journey here: http://thevinethatwrites.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/timmy-learns-to-read/ 🙂 There are loads of tips there! I think I did both big and small letters together. Singing the alphabet song always will help in retention. Seeing and touching them will help your daughter in identifying it. Letter of the Week would be great! It will help her be more familiar with the letters. For reading though, phonics is the way to go like A makes AH, etc. 🙂 I can send you a copy of the powerpoint I made, too. 🙂
Luchi Ann LagmanPosted at 07:10h, 19 November
Hi Ivy! Can I start her on phonics even if she can’t recognize all of the alphabets? I have introduced it to her but some letters is just hard for her to remember. I am not a teacher so I don’t really have a clue how to go about it, hence my somewhat “clueless” questions. Lol
Ivy San Diego-GuerreroPosted at 16:25h, 20 November
Hi, Luchi! Yes, you can! In Montessori they teach phonics first before alphabet names. 🙂 I’m not a teacher, too. Haha! Check out KidsTV’s phonics videos, my son watched it a lot so he learned phonics and the alphabet at the same time. 🙂
Luchi Ann LagmanPosted at 18:03h, 20 November
Okay, well do that. Thank you so much! I’m so thankful I came across your blog. Thanks for taking time to answer my query. Excited to be my little one’s teacher. Keep blogging! God bless you!
Luchi Ann LagmanPosted at 18:47h, 03 December
I would very like a copy of the PowerPoint you made so I can go over it and know how to go about it. We are loving the phonics song video. I just want to be equipped so I can be effective in teaching her. And confident?
Thank you so much!
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