During this week we revised the letter s sound done on orientation day. At this early stage the emphasis should be on how the children become aware of listening to the first sound in words as opposed to writing the letter with a pencil.
Letter writing using a pencil is covered later on. Letter writing is done indirectly through painting, colouring and various crafts as you saw on orientation day.
In class we will be developing the skill of listening to the first sound in words by looking at various objects and saying their names, emphasizing the first sound in each word example sssss-snake, sssss- sun, sssss-star…….. At first the letter sound is associated with the topic work like we had the s for school bag because the theme in class was Going to School.
We then take a more generic approach to the letter using the jolly phonics programme. The children listen to a story related to the sound, learn the rhyme and action of that particular sound.
Jolly Phonics Story For Letter s sound
A boy went to the park with his dog. They heard a hissing sound in the grass ssssss. They saw Sam the snake. It hissed sssss and slithered by.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter s sound
- We start at the top
- Make a curve
- Go down the slope
- And curve back like a snake
The children practiced listening to and forming this letter in several ways using a rotation system.
- They looked at pictures starting with s and emphasized the first sound (Pictures were snow, spaghetti, strawberry, seal, sand castle and s)
- They also practiced identifying letter s from other letters using the butter beans you sent in.
- They also used buttons to form letter s.
- Last but not least they practiced s in the sand.
- They did the formation of the letter s on the scrapbook using various crayons in the space provided. This is what I call the rainbow technique.
Please try to spend some quality time with your kids to find objects around the house which start with the s letter sound and say them together emphasizing the first sound.
It will help them a lot to start developing their listening skills in this area 🙂