We started the week by working on letter w which we had started on Friday. (Please see previous literacy blog for first part). Besides revising Friday’s work we took a look at the story which accompanies letter sound w.
Jolly Phonic Letter w story
This story is based on one of Aesop’s fables. The sun and the wind are competing who will manage to keep on or take off the jacket a man is wearing and so show who is the stronger of the two. The wind blows strongly and the sun shines hotter and hotter. I gave the story our own ending by saying that the wind won (since we are working on letter sound w.) The man remained with his jacket on!
As usual the children also came up with their own w words. They mentioned words like wind, word, window, wolf, win, wand, watch and wall.
They also played the magic window game on the white board which showed some of these words.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter w sound
The children pretend to be the wind and blow on their own hands saying / w,w,w,w,/.
As is the usual routine the children circled letter w from other letters on the workbook and also circled the words which start with this sound.
Here is a picture of Wiggly Woo worm we created on Friday 🙂
Practice Ideas for Home
- Whilst reading a book you choose the letter of the day and try and find it in the words starting with the w sound.
- 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 🙂