One of the letters of this second week 2 was letter z – zebra.
This is another animal which has pattern work all over its body. The children got to know that in nature more often than not patterns can help protect them from danger.
As usual the children were enthusiastic to try and come up with words which start with the z sound. The words like zip, zoo, zebra crossing, zig zag, zero, zest (as in lemon zest).
This year we do not have children starting which z names but we managed to mention someone have a cousin called Zach.
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 z sound:
A girl (we called her Zoya) is playing outside with her toy zebra. She watches a bumblebee which is buzzing around the daisies. As it goes from flower to flower, it makes a loud buzzing sound /z,z,z,z/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter z sound
The children pretend to be the bees. They tuck in their elbows and flap their arms like wings, making a continuous / z,z,z,z,/.
Letter z formation
- Step 1 – Start at the top, go across
- Step 2 – slant down to the left
- Step 3 – Go across
As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter z formation in the scrapbook and then circled letter z from other letters on the workbook. Last but not least they circled the words which start with letter z.
Craft associated with this letter – The children had a z cutout. This was the body of the zebra. They then added a pattern using black strips of paper as strips. They also added the eyes, mouth and the mane which had a pattern in itself.
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 z.
- 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 z
- 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 z. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂