Today M and I focused on the sound-to-letter correlation of the letter E. He knows E is a happy letter because when you say it’s short sound, your lips form into a smile. I printed off some pictures of things that start with the letter E, and then cut out the letter E from some card stock.
M started by verbally labeling each picture. The second time he labeled them, I had him exaggerate the initial sound, and then say what letter each object starts with (eg. ‘elk, /e/- elk starts with E’). He grasped onto this quite quickly.
Next, M traced the capital and lower case ‘e’ onto a ziplock bag filled with paint.
Then he used the pretty eggshells, from the naturally dyed eggs we decorated at Easter, and glued them onto the cutout of the letter E (I’m planning on creating tactile letters for each letter of the alphabet to display on M’s bedroom wall).
As he pressed the eggshells onto the letter E, M and I used descriptive words such as : crunchy, brittle, and sticky to describe the texture of the eggshells and the glue.This is how M’s eggshell E turned out:
And that’s how I kept my oldest bug busy today 🙂