One of the letters for this week was letter e. As you know from one of the last topic work blogs we took a close look at the Earth. We associated this with e for Earth.
We also discussed other words which start with the e sound. These are some words we came up with: egg, elbow, enter and exit, elephant and envelope. The children discussed amongst them whose name starts with the letter sound e – Emily.
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter e sound:
Some children are staying on a farm. In the morning they feed the hens and collect the eggs for breakfast. They take the eggs back to the kitchen and give them to the farmer’s wife. She cracks the eggs open on the side of the pan, saying, /e,e,e,e/.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter e sound
Pretend to crack an egg at the side of a pan with one hand. Use both hands to open the shell saying /e,e,e/.
When saying this letter sound e at home the children might try to stretch their mouths horizontally by putting a finger at both sides of their mouth.
I told them to practice it this way to distinguish it from the letter a sound where you have to open your mouth like in biting an apple. These two letters don’t have the same sound.
- Step 1 – Start in the middle, go across.
- Step 2 – and make a c or curve.
- Step 3 – Stop.
We ended the lesson by creating the earth with a small blue circle and splashing drops on blue paint on half of the circle.
They then folded it to create the same image on the other side. (Introduction to symmetry). This work is displayed on our wall outside the classroom.
Practice Ideas For Home
- You can practice the letter formation by using a white board and colourful washable markers using the steps above.
- You can place about 5 objects or pictures on the table, amongst which you have objects starting with the letter e sound.
- Say the name of each object emphasizing and exaggerating the first letter sound of each object and ask your child if that object or picture starts with the letter sound e. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding at first what this means. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence.