Last week we started the ground work for letter sound p. The children observed that this is a one-armed robot letter because it seems to have an arm jutting out.
The children mentioned words which start with this letter. We also went through the term 1 material as we usually do. This week we developed this further. We saw that there can be various types of paints used for different reasons and which create different effects.
Paint can also be put in special machines to print books which we love so much. I showed the children The Three Little Pigs reading book pointing to the children what printing means when creating a book.
I also read this story to them which also linked us to our first number for this week – number 3.
Here is an on line version of The Three Little Pigs
3 little pigs song –
We then proceeded to practice writing this letter first on the big interactive whiteboard than on our workbooks. These are the usual pages. (We worked the recognition page last week).
Writing letter p
It is very important that the proper steps are used for writing p. The children have to say the steps that are in the rhyme or use language which is close to this rhyme, whilst writing.
- I always mention our two friendly robots WALT and WILF who help us in this regard. The formation is written in the snapshot of the pages above.
- When “going down” we try to write straight not curve the line.
- We bounce back up straight away and don’t lift the pencil to continue writing.
- The head of letter p must not be very big and not very small.
Other important points
- I always remind the children that we start writing from the line at the top left and proceed to the right side, then we go down to the next line and start from the left hand side at the very edge. Usually whilst explaining I physically show them on paper as they might not know right from left. Also children at this age have a tendency to just pick a box and fill it in and then choose another at random.
- Sometimes the amount of boxes in a page may be overwhelming for some children until they get used to it. There are a couple of things you can do to help them.
- One of them is to cover the page with a blank paper leaving only the row the child is working on. Encouragement after each line is finished is a must.
- You can put a smiley face at the start of the line before the child starts writing in that row as an indicator. With some children it works better if you put the smiley face of any other little drawing after they finish the row of letters as a reward.
We revised the first jolly phonic group of words s,a,t,i,p,n by going through the rhymes and the formation of each one. Then the children worked a mixed page on the workbooks where the children had to circle the initial letter sound of each picture.
This letter brought our patterns topic to an end 🙂