The second new letter for week 3 was letter x – xylophone.
The children learnt that this is an instrument originally made out of small wooden bars stuck next to each other and then hit by sticks to make a sound. Nowadays the bars can also be made from metal. The children watched two clips to listen to the sound that such an instrument makes, as well as appreciate the talents of people around us.
Young boy playing the xylophone
A professional Player
The children got to know that this letter can be called a special letter as there are very few words which start with this sound example xylophone.
- However there are words which end with this sound so the children tried and managed to come up with two words fox and box.
- I mentioned that at times a word can start with the letter name such as x-ray.
- Last but not least the children became aware that the x sound can feature at any part of a word. They watched these video clips to understand this.
Letter x songs –
The children watched this story called AlphaTales A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish –
The children also followed the Jolly phonics story for the letter x sound:
Two boys are playing outside. One of them falls off a tree and hurts his arm. In the hospital a nurse takes an x-x ray of the arm /x,x,x,x,x,x/. The x-ray shows that his boy’s arm is broken. The nurse puts a plaster cast on it to help it mend properly.
Jolly Phonic Rhyme Letter x sound
The children pretend to take an x-ray picture, pointing the camera and saying ks, ks.
Letter x formation
- Step 1 – Start at the top then ks ks like a pirate.
They also played games on the white board such as the magic window game and sorted out the letter x beans from others.
As is the usual routine the children practiced their letter x formation in the scrapbook.
Craft associated with this letter – The children had an x shaped cutout and they had to assemble from smallest to largest coloured foam pieces, representing the bars on a xylophone. Then they stuck them on. They are hanging outside our classroom door.
This is how they look like.
Practice Ideas for Home
- You can give them a handful of magnetic letters which they stick on a board. Then they have to remove the letter of the day from the batch. In this case letter x.
- 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 x
- 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 x. This is a skill which needs loads of practice. Praise at this point is very important to build their confidence 🙂