I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, because its importance cannot be overstated. It is more important for children to be able to hear the difference in the SOUNDS letters make (auditory discrimination) than for them to know the NAMES of letters.
As a matter of fact, I’ll take it one step further to say that it is not important for them to know the letter names at all.
Children can learn to read (fluently!) without knowing ANY letter names!
Here, these children are sorting pictures by beginning letter sound. These consonant sounds (“ssssssss, fffffff, lllllllllllll, mmmmmmm”) are often taught first because they (the sound) can be drawn out and are more easily distinguished from each other. As always, if the children do not know what sound each letter makes, I will tell them. (This means they are still using their auditory discrimination skills, even if they do not recognize the letters.)
We’ve been working on the “sssssss” sound since the beginning of the year, but notice we’re STILL working on it. We’ve simply added to it. This is because the “ssssssss” sound is STILL important, there is no sense in learning and forgetting. It’s also important that each child experiences success. Some of the children may not remember what sound our newest letter “Ll” makes, but while they are being challenged, they still can experience success.
Notice we use lowercase letters (we used uppercase and lowercase with “Ll”) for our activities. Often, children will be taught uppercase letters first, but it’s more important to be able to recognize lowercase for reading because the VAST MAJORITY of letters used are lowercase. If you don’t believe me, just re-read this article (or any article!) and count how many uppercase vs. how many lowercase letters are used.
Video to accompany this photo.
I saw this idea on the Organized Classroom Blog a few days ago. My kids are loving these “Magic Revealing Words”. I’ve got them in my art center. Be sure to follow the OC Blog if you haven’t already!
I like it!
My favorite new addition to our “learning room”. I still need to find objects for some of the cubbies. But I’m on a roll!
Bubble Wrap is a great Motivator! Write sight words on the flat part of the bubblewrap and when they a student reads or spells the word correctly, they got to pop the bubble! (You could do letter recognition, number recognition, math facts, etc.)
Pre-Reception (3-4 years) ~ Sound Table
A selection of some of the items the children have brought to our sound table, over the past academic year.
Lots of ideas for making discovery bottles for children to make and/or observe.
Saw this post and it reminded me of what the early years (0-2 years) section of the Nursery, have in one of their sensory boxes. Not quite the same, but has given me a few ideas of what kind of sensory bottles to add :D
Some inspirational photos for some Guy Fawkes / Bonfire Night / Fireworks poems!!
the fifth of November,
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
We see no reason why
Should ever be forgot!”
Credit: Play. Learn. Dream
Taken: Chicago & New York, USA & North Yorkshire, England.
— I’m off to my local Bonfire Night celebrations tomorrow evening, which this year, or so I’ve heard..is being set to Music!! Can’t wait to discuss this with the children on Monday!! Especially as Monday (5th November) is the official day of celebration/remembrance.
Random Fact: The day before the 5th November (4th November) is known as Mischief Night, as this was the day when the Gunpowder Barrels were planted in the Houses of Parliament.
- I’m not sure where this comes from but this night is commonly known in my area and others throughout the country. Guy Fawkes was born and educated not to far from where I reside and I have visited the city where he grew up, the church where he was baptized and the school that he attended (Yes, the School is still open and flourishing to this day). Guy Fawkes also has very strong links to the town where I live, due to his parentage and therefore… we made a big deal about this day!! ENJOY and STAY SAFE!!
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