Happy first day of spring!!!!
We typically spend our first block playing with the letter of the day. Some things you can do at home are to cut a piece of STRING and have them keep shaping it into a letter S. Put out a plate of SALT or SAND and have them draw an S with their fingers. Encourage them to start at the top - back and around, forward and around, back and stop! Show them how the big S looks the same as the little s.
Doesn't the letter s look like a ssssssnake?!? Craft one up! Cut it out for them (even white printer paper will do if you don't have construction paper) and let them decorate it. Maybe you have some stuff lying around that you can let them glue on on and decorate with.
Since you're already crafting, why not try out this SPIDER craft :) Kids love these once they figure out how to make them move!!
Next up, talk about the s sound...like a ssssssnake! Go on a SCAVENGER hunt looking for things that start with the same sound as the letter S. Challenge the kiddos to find SIX or SEVEN s sounds! Make sure you find some STINKY SOCKS!! (Be mindful of things that WE know start with s but don't sound like s to the kids...eg. Shell and shark won't sound like sssss to the kids!)
Time to read! Perhaps you have some S books at home? Make sure they find the letter S in the title before you read!!! I like to show them how I can sound out the words in the title. Let them know the authors name...the author is the person who wrote the book! Show them the cover...what do they think might happen in the book? Why do you think the spider is so busy?
If you don't have any good S books you can always lots of books online like this one...
Time to sing!! Start out with our Jolly Phonics...they practice from letter A each week!
Introduce the action for letter S (see pic below) and give them a few tries at the letter S song. Then start the video from letter A and as the letters come up, before each song, have them try to shout out the letter. They know the actions, though the last few (p-r) are still in the learning phase!
Let them sing along with some other letter S songs like Skinnamarinkydinkydink (with actions!)
And You Are My Sunshine! And make sure you give Spring is Here (from yesterday) another go!
Laura from Evergreen
I've started this page during the COVID break to help the kiddos continue learning at home. Most activities can be done with kids of all ages if parents vary the level of content, participation and discussion appropriate to each child! (differentiated instruction). Before the break we were at letter S. Visit our facebook page for letter A-R activities at https://www.facebook.com/evergreenacademy.ca/