Sound Action: Pretend to be a puppy holding a rag and shaking your head from side to side saying 'rrrrr' (Jolly Phonics)
Theme: Color wrap up
We introduced the letter Rr this week. The students are given both the capital and lower case letter as well as what sound the letter makes.
Parent questions worth sharing:
"Why do you teach letters out of order?"
In my kindergarten class we used the reading program Jolly Phonics as well as the Harcourt program. I like both of these programs because they use the phonemic approach that combines a mixture of introducing consonants and vowels that are common in three letter words.
For example the letters 'm, s, r, t, p' (Harcourt order) combined with the vowel 'a' will make the 'at' word family:
mat, sat, rat, pat,
In the Jolly Phonics they introduce 's, a, t, i, p, n' first. Which would make up the 'it' and 'in' word families. This program also teaches an action for the sound that is easy for most kids to remember. Such as the letter 'm': Rub tummy as if seeing tasty food and say mmmmmm
I feel that by using a combination of these methods as well as teaching alphabet songs the preschoolers will truly learn the letter's name, sound and recognize where it belongs among the other letters.
*You will also notice that when I test the kids it is based on what order I have introduced the letters. *
One of the kids favorite letter introduction activities is using the dot-to-dot paint marker.
Skills being used include color identification by both color squares and color words. Fine motor skills of being able to pick up the small square and squeeze the glue to place on their rainbow. Children also had to listen for directions as to what step would be next. At the end of this activity each child had to use their own words to describe their rainbow. They used their verb in the blank: " My rainbow is _______"
A farewell to friends this afternoon! Best wishes Israel!