The second letter for this week was letter w – worm.
We created a story where our friend Wiggly Woo went on a journey because he had lost the letters of his name.
On the way he passed through different places where the weather changed a lot. The children went on a music sound journey where they heard clips of water lapping against the shore, water becoming rough and waves rising, they heard water falling from the sky (rain) coming down in sound patterns, they heard the wind howling on a cold winter’s day and finally when he managed to gather all the letters in his name he heard the wind chimes tingling away 🙂
Below are some of the links we used for the sound effects in the story.
- Water Sound effect –
- Wind chime effect –
- Waves becoming slightly rough –
- Water from the sky rain music –
- Wind from the north pole –
The children ended the lesson by creating Wiggly Woo Worm and paint brushing the w formation on its body. The letter w will be continued tomorrow.
In fact I asked the children to think of and look for objects that start with w so that we could mention them during the literacy lesson.
Letter w formation
- Step 1 – Start at the top, slide down
- Step 2 – and up the hill
- Step 3 – slide down again
- Step 4 – and up the hill once more
Important point – I pointed out that this letter has two points at the bottom for them to differentiate it from the letter v which we will be doing shortly.
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 w.
- 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 w
- 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 w. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂