Letter of the Week

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  1. TeacherGrl7

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    What are some of the most fun, creative things that you have done in your classroom for Letter of the Week?

    For example, I just saw a picture of a classroom where the teacher decorated a big box and it said "Jack in the Box." The kids got in one at a time and they jumped up when they heard the /j/ sound. Love it, doesn't take a lot of time (I only have a limited time for these things in my curriculum), and it costs no money!!

    Any other great ideas? For specific letters, for every letter? I'll take anything you have to offer. :love:
     
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    That is a neat idea. I don't have anything to offer. But thougth I would bump your post up for you. :)
     
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    S - Silly sock day
    S - Read Sunflower House by Eve Bunting. Use a very large box and have the children decorate the outside by making sunflowers from construction paper. A couple children go in at a time.
    T - For Show & Tell - something Teeny-Tiny

    I'll post more when I think of them...it's late.
     
  5. TeacherGrl7

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    Ooo I found another cute one... For W the kids got to sit on a whoopie cushion any time they found something that started with the /w/ sound. I bet they love that.

    I wish I was this creative...
     
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    Oh, love the whoopie cushion idea, too funny. It'd be perfect for learning the "wh" blend!

    I use masking tape and make the upper and lower case letter of the week on the floor with it. I do this big enough that the kids can step it off, drive their cars on it, place blocks or legos on the letter shape. And we go on an I Spy search for things of that letter to place in its area. (This is great for shapes as well!) I leave the letters on the floor the whole week, so they are constantly reminded of the letter, even at free play.
     
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    Put up letter cutouts or letters written on index cards all over the room - don't forget on the ceiling (flat as well as hanging). You could also "hide" them, put them in surprising places you know they'll find accidentally (inside tote boxes, bins, etc.). If you make them fancy, you can tell them you lost some magic letters. That should heighten the excitement factor when they find them.
     
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    I've put the letter of the week as well as other letters on post-its all over the room, and we'll hunt for whatever the letter is. Also fun for a letter review ;)
     
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    we teach the class the the letters in sign language . the parents love it and the children leave us to go to k and have all 26 letters and the signs.
     
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    We do the sign language as well! We also have either pictures or an actual item that begins with that letter. We also make the sound that the letter makes. In the school I work at, we are just trying to give them a little introduction to the letters. I work with 3 turning 4's. In the Pre-k they work more formally with the letters.
     
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    I'm doing the sign language thing this year also, I'm so excited about it!
     
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    We also do the sign language for the alphbet and many every day words. My children love it.
     
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    hi could you also tell me abt this sign language letters? am new to preschool and wld love to do it with my class.right now they have learnt the standinf sleeping line letters like I T L H E F....the slanting lines start next week....
    thanx
     
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    This will be my first year doing it, but I plan on teaching the children the sign for each letter of the alphabet as we learn them. For example, the week we do "A" I will be teaching them what the letter looks like, the sounds that it makes, how to write it, and how to sign the letter in sign language. I also plan on teaching them the signs they need to sign their names, and I purchased a book from a teacher supply store that contains several lessons for teaching common classroom words in early childhood classrooms- I found the link to it, but there's no picture! I also purchased an ABC poster with all of the signs for them to refer back to. I'm really excited to get started!

    http://educationalmaterialcatalog.com/sign-language-early-childhood-classroom-p-167248.html
     
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    wld you be able to tell me abt this sign language letters ?thanx
     
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    I think she is referring to the actual hand signs for each individual letter of the alphabet- they are used for "fingerspelling" words that do not have signs- like your name. Here is a picture of the hand signs for the alphabet letters.

    http://www.orgsites.com/ar/betheldeaf/fingerspelling.jpg
     
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    thank you now i understand:)
     

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