Term 1 Week 9 – Letter g

The only letter for this week was letter g – grass grow.

The children became aware that all things that are alive grow.  At first we are babies, than we start to crawl and walk.  At this stage we are called toddlers.  We grow some more and start going to school and so on.  Same applies for animals and plants. They grow.  (Refer to topic work blog).

We also discussed other words which start with the g sound.  These are some words we came up with: green, grass, girl, gate, glass, glasses, goat and game.

The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter g sound:

Granny’s sink is blocked and full of water.  She calls the plumber and asks him to fix it.  He unblocks the sink and the water drains away.  As it goes it makes a gurgling sound, saying, /g,g,g,g/.

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Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter g sound

Turn both your wrists in a circular spiral motion, as if the water is gurgling down a plughole and say /g,g,g,g/.

Letter g formation

g formation

  • Step 1 – Start at the top at the dot, make a curve
  • Step 2 – Go up
  • Step 3 – Go down
  • Step 4 – Make a hook.

The children created a gate out of brown recycled paper as well as grass effect using green recycled paper which they stuck on their literacy workbooks.

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 g 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 g. This is a skill which needs loads of practice, so don’t get worried if they are not understanding exactly what this means.  Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence    🙂

 

 

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Term 1 Week 9 – The World Around Me – Recycling (continued)

During week 9 we continued developing recycling topic.  We focused on other things we can do to help keep our Earth healthy through recycling.

We mentioned that trees are very important because they give us healthy air to breath.  So it is very important to take care of the trees that already exist and to plant new ones.  We also mentioned that a lot of trees are cut down every year because they are used for making paper and furniture amongst other things, so it is important to replace them.

tree

First we saw how trees grow from a single seed.  The children had to opportunity to touch and feel different kinds of seeds such as pumpkin, butter bean and popcorn seeds.

The children got to know that plants need certain ingredients for them to grow into plants, vegetables and fruit.

They need space in the ground where there is some soil, sunlight and water.  Sid the Seed is one of our friends who helped us understand this idea.

Sid The Seed –


Grow little seed grow
which shows us all this.


This led us to our hands on creation – Planting the gulbiena.

 


The children then played with a seed sensory bin were they were able to sort out the by size thus revising big and small as well as by shape and colour.  They also practiced their fine motor skills by drawing triangle shapes following dotted lines on their workbooks and colouring a growing plant.

The concept of a seed growing into a tree was linked to the letter g.  You can find more information in the literacy blog.

You can spend some time with your children watching a short sweet film called the Lorax, the concept of which evolves around trees and plants and discuss it.   Here is the link:

The original version of Dr. Seuss’s Lorax.


The Lorax Movie


Enjoy   🙂