The second letter for term 1 week 1 was letter j – jaguar. The jaguar is another animal which has a pattern on its body.
The children created a jaguar’s body with the j shape and then created a pattern by dipping a pencil end in paint and printing spots all over the jaguar. The jaguar came to life by adding a head, hands and feet 🙂 . Just like the lion you can also see the jaguar hanging outside our classroom.
As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the j sound. The words like jump, jacket, juice, jeans, jam, jewel, jug and juggle are the words that they came up with. They also mentioned the two Julia’s, Jeremy (Kay’s brother) and Jonathan (one of the children’s dad).
They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game.
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter j sound:
A mummy and her daughter are making some jelly. When it is read they tip it onto a plate. The jelly is tall and red and has four layers. As they carry it to the table it wobbles and wobbles. The girl laughs and pretends to wobble just like the jelly, saying /j,j,j,j/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter j sound
The children pretend to be the jelly and say /j,j,j,j,j,j/.
Letter j formation
- Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
- Step 2 – And hook
- Step 3 – Lift and dot
As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter j formation in the scrapbook and then circled letter j from other letters on the workbook. Last but not least they circled the words which start with letter j amongst other.
Practice Ideas for Home
- You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch. In this case letter j.
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter j sound.
- Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound j. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂