During week 6 we worked with first letter sounds we can find in words starting with s,a,t,i,p,n. It is important to play games with your children at home so they develop further their skill of listening to sounds in words especially the sounds words start with:
Such as s-sun, a-apple, t-train, i-insect, p-pot, n-net.
We worked a page on the works where the children had to circle the initial letter sound of each picture.
Besides the revision we finished working with letter i and started working with letter p. This letter belongs to the category of the one-armed robot letters because it has like an arm jutting out.
As usual we started with the revision of the work done during term 1 such as the rhyme and the jolly phonic story which accompanies this letter. (See literacy blogs in term 1).
Here is how our writing pages look like for this particular letter.
Writing letter p
It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing p. The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.
- I always mention our two friendly robots WALT and WILF who help us in this regard. The formation is written in the snapshot of the pages above.
- When “going down” we try to write straight not curve the line.
- We bounce back up straight away and don’t lift the pencil to continue writing.
- The head of letter p must not be very big and not very small.
Other important points
- I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, then we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left. Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
- Sometimes the amount of boxes in a page may be overwhelming for some children until they get used to it. There are a couple of things you can do to help them.
- One of them is to cover the page with a blank paper leaving only the row the child is working on. Encouragement after each line is finished is a must.
- You can put a smiley face at the start of the line before the child starts writing in that row as an indicator. With some children it works better if you put the smiley face of any other little drawing after they finish the row of letters as a reward.