We’re using our painter’s tape letters several times a week now. This week we hopped on H.
Remember, when your children are moving along the letter, have them start on the letter where they would usually start their pencil if they were writing it. This will help with motor planning which will come into play when they start to write.
I think I’ll skip right over the letter I this week — totally uninspiring! Stay tuned for J activities.
Here are some of the H word flashcards we used this week.
H word flashcards
Print these out and laminate for duribility. If your child is not showing any interest in words yet, just pull out the card that goes with the activity you are doing and place it nearby. For example, if your child is going to play with his toy horses, put the horse flashcard on the floor next to the horses. Say “horse” while pointing to the card, move your finger under the letters as you come to them in the word. Point to a horse and say, ” That is a horse.” Then point to the card again, slide your finger under the letters as you read the word “horse.”
If your child is ready to start matching words, print off and laminate two copies of each word. You can play a memory-style game or make it easy for your child by placing one word face up and then giving him only two to three choices of words for him to select the correct match from.
Hard to believe, but last weekend a Goodwill store opened here in our little corner of the woods. I went by and checked it out and . . . score!!! I’ve been looking and looking for heart-shaped ice cube trays. It was just what we needed this week as I scrambled for H word activities.
I bought a “Bucket of Bling” plastic gemstones at Wal-Mart a few weeks ago, and I was delighted to finally get to use them. I pulled out the hearts and Noah practiced 1 to 1 correspondence.
Notice the heart flashcard? I find the easiest way to deal with my anxiety about Noah starting homeschool kindergarten is to just jump in and start exposing him to the things I want him to learn. It’s never too soon to teach our children that letters make words and words represent objects and ideas. I’m making and using flashcards to go with our alphabet activities. Right now the object is exposure to the written word. Eventually he will start distinguishing the letters and words; but because he is on his own time table, I don’t know when that will be. My aim is to make sure that at the moment he is ready to start with phonemic awareness, the words are already and have already been in front of him.
Sure, our home is going to look like a page right out of a Richard Scarry book for a while, but it’s for a good cause, right? 🙂