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.

Letter of the Week: W

Here's what we did for Mercedes' letter W week:




I wrote the big and little letter W in Mercedes' notebook and we practiced making the "w" sound.


We played restaurant and Mercedes was the waitress.






I filled a busy bag with items that begin with the letter W. A water bottle, wand, watermelon, hand weight, watches, whale and walrus.




We used a water bottle to make a glitter bottle. We used sequins, glitter and gems and filled the bottle with water. 




Mercedes practiced writing the letter W in her notebook. 


She learned how to sign the letter W using ASL.




She colored a letter W coloring page.




She made the little letter w using words. I used words from a couple of smashed board game boxes I was going to throw away anyway. Words from a newspaper or a magazine would have worked too.




We made a big letter W using wax paper.


I made the girls an indoor water table.


Mercedes made a necklace out of wooden beads.




She watched a video on youtube about worms. Which led her to a video about dissecting worms. Which led her to more videos of other things getting dissected. Starfish, frogs, sheep hearts, etc. I never discourage or limit Mercedes when she wants to learn about something. She wants to be a doctor and found these videos absolutely thrilling.

Mercedes made towers with wooden blocks.

And the girls cuddled up together by the wood stove.