Letter of the Week
One of the key constants in my program is my Letter of the Week Program. Each week we focus on a new “Letter of the Week”. Children do thrive on routine and this is reflected in my “Letter of the Week” program. It is a simple program that will run for the first 15 minutes of our learning. We follow our Literacy learning with an obstacle course that focuses on Fundamental Movement Skills.
All printables are in the EYLF Resources Premium Bundle.
Each Week there are the following pages included:
- Alphabet Chart
- Vocabulary Chart
- Tracing Chart
- Phonemic Awareness Chart
- Find It Chart
- Cut and paste Letter Sort (magazine)
- Morning Skills Worksheet
- Number tracing
- One to One correspondence chart (use counters)
- Count It Worksheet
- Number Write and Count (Count to 10)
- Letter and Number of the Week Collage Worksheet
- Playdough Mat
- Weekly Homework Chart to print off as a photo or A4
Each week children will build upon their knowledge slowly. Parents will have an opportunity to know what you are doing in your class. They can focus on the content you are covering.
Create a Letter of the Week Table. Each week children bring in an item beginning with the Letter of the Week.
One of the key constants in my program is my Letter of the Week Program. Each week we focus on a new “Letter of the Week”. Children do thrive on routine and this is reflected in my “Letter of the Week” program. It is a simple program that will run for the first hour of our day. We follow our Literacy learning with an obstacle course that focuses on Fundamental Movement Skills.
How I Implement my Letter of the Week Program
- Each week children bring in an oral news item and place it in our “News Box”.
- Once they have placed their item in the news box children will come and sit on the class mats.
- When all the children have arrived we will “Find Our Name” and place it on our attendance easel.
- I welcome the children with some singing and then we move onto our “Letter of the Week Song”
- I will show children our weekly Phonemic Awareness Cards as they match our song
- From there we form a circle and we sing our Name Song.
- As we sing children collect their name chart and practice writing their name.
- Weekly Literature
- When we have finished this we move onto our weekly activities
- Table Top 1 – Letter of the Week Art and Craft
- Tabe Top 2 – Letter of the Week Booklet (always with me so it can be fun and encouraging)
- Table Top 3 – Sensory ( Playdough with Weekly Playdough Mats / Weekly Letter Writing)
- Mat – Literacy Centers
- Mat – Math Centres
- Children take Home their Weekly Vocabulary Card to clap syllables each week, as well as talk about the meaning of their new words in order to extend the child’s language and pronunciation.
- Please note you can laminate the pages in the booklet and turn these into Literacy Centre Activites
Some children come to Kindy with their “letter knowledge” however their phonemic awareness skills are lacking. The focus of the Letter of the Week program is not to rote learn letters but rather develop and extend the child’s vocabulary and word understanding as well as phonemic awareness skills. This is formost in my mind above letter recognition. This will come over time and is not a priority for all the children. Pre school children from babies – pre schoolers can benefit. They love collecting the weekly cards. Especially the Animal / Food cards.
Letter of the Week Classroom Display
Each week we make a display that focuses on the “Letter of the Week”. The Phonemic Awareness cards are displayed as photos in a plastic cover. Here are some ideas for your “Letter of the Week” Display Table. I like to include what the children bring for their News Time. It always makes the table interesting and meaningful to the children.