Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Letter of the Week: X

I'm not gonna lie, I didn't even pretend to make the letter X exciting for Mercedes. X is a boring letter for preschoolers, especially since all the letter X activities out there are for the words x-ray, x-ray fish and xylophone, none of which help the kids learn what sound the letter X actually makes. I wasn't in the mood to be creative and this close to the end of the alphabet I really just wanted to get through the rest of it, so we flew through the letter X all in one sitting. It took us about 20 minutes. I know. It was a homeschool mom fail. Anyway, here's what we did:

I was out of construction paper this day too which made the letter X extra boring. I wrote the big and little letter X on a piece of paper and we practiced making the "x" sound.

I wrote a bunch of words ending in X on a piece of paper and had Mercedes find the X in each word. I helped her sound out the words and she practiced making the "x" sound.

We played a bunch of games of tic-tac-toe so Mercedes could practice writing the letter X.

She learned how to sign the letter X using ASL.

She colored a letter X coloring page. 

And we used construction paper confetti to make the big and little letter X.

And that's it! Next year when Mercedes is four and we are doing real phonic, we will tackle this letter again. For now she recognizes it and knows it's sound and that was my goal.

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