The first letter for term 1 week 1 was letter l – lion. The lion is one of the animals we saw during topic work which has a two coloured pattern in its mane, orange and yellow.
The children created a lion’s face using a paper plate which they coloured in and then created the mane alternating one orange cardboard strip with a yellow one. You can see the lion pattern work hanging outside our classroom.
As you got used to by now we brainstorm for other words which start with letter sound l. The children came up with the following words, light, leg, lip, lemon, leaf, letter, lollipop, lick and ladder.
Last but not least we took a look at the names of the children whose names start with l, Lashaya, Luisa, Luca and our last addition to the class Lemonie (who the children welcomed warmly 🙂 ). They also played the magic window game on the interactive white board which they like very much.
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter l sound:
Some children are at a birthday party. There are lots of balloons and some lovely food. They eat little cakes and drink some lemonade. One girl wins ’pin the tail on the donkey’ and gets a lime lollipop as a prize. She licks her lollipop /l,l,l,l/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter l sound
The children pretend to lick a lollipop making a continuous /l,l,l,l,l,l/.
Letter l formation
- Step 1 – Start at the top, go down
- Step 2 – And tail
As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter l formation on the scrapbook and then circled letter l from other letters on the workbook. Last but not least they circled the words which start with letter l 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 l.
- 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 l 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 l. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they do not understand exactly what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂