The sound ‘T’

For the sound ‘T’ our activities included:

  • using ‘t’ worksheets in Jolly Phonics Workbooks. These workbooks are an investment but well worth it. To make them usable more than once, I take the workbook apart and use a write and wipe pocket. Daisy likes to use workbooks, although please ignore her writing posture here. We were avoiding the heat and a sleeping wee sister, at the cottage!

  • ‘T’ yoga postures

Tree

Telephone

Table

  • finding ‘t’ in books
  • Singing about the sound ‘t’ and making ‘t’ tennis actions
  • reading about ‘t’ in Jolly Stories
  • drawing ‘t’ in the sand
  • Finger writing ‘t’ and reading ‘t’ words.
  • Looking at various representations of Tt. I have just discovered Pinterest. It is fun!
  • ‘T’ Craft

We have done a little work on the sound ‘T’ in the past so I decided on a more crafty activity to try out a product; Plox. I love the texture of scrumpled up tissue paper for collage but hate the time it takes for kids to rip, scrumple up and glue on the tissue paper. They end up getting frustrated because their sticky fingers make ripping and scrumpling even more difficult (yes ‘scumpling’ is a verb in my dictionary!). This product gives you the effect of tissue paper but with a more even, fluffy, flock look.

You need:

 

  • Card with Capital T and lower case t
  • Glue
  • Plox

Daisy picked three colours and I put them into bowls.

She added glue to a small section at a time and then the plox. I supervised the first section and then she worked independently. I recommend doing small sections at a time to allow the plox to stick. Kids tend to go over board with the glue, so explaining the need to do a small section at a time, gives a better success rate.

Pretty T and t in a short amount of time.

I see us using Plox lots, look at these closeups; it is beautiful.

The sound ‘A’

We were working on ‘A’ last week. Here are some of the ‘a’ activities:

– Quick ‘a’ find; animals, ankle, apples, Alligator Baby

– Finding ‘a’ in books; we looked through Rose’s alphabet books and did a search for ‘a’ book titles.

– Finger writing ‘a’ and reading ‘a’ words. Jolly Phonics uses the letter in the middle of a word as well as at the beginning.

– Leaning about ants. We borrowed ‘What is an Insect?’ from the library and learned that insects have three body parts and six legs. This led to classifying our Backyard Bugs which was a lot of fun. The dragonfly was an issue for Daisy as it was hard to see the thorax but we agreed it was an insect eventually. Another great book we read is called ‘Ants’. It has beautiful photographs (if you can call ants beautiful!) and clearly presented information.

– Making cardboard ants.

You need:

What to do:

Cut the egg carton into 3 part sections. Daisy gave this a go and I finished it off.

Paint the ant body brown and leave to dry.

Make holes in the thorax using a pencil and hold-it.

Add stems to make the legs. So I was figuring out how to thread the legs through each side (using 2 stems and folding the stem into 3). Daisy lifted her ant body and started to thread the stem through as you can see in the picture. Her thinking was much more logical then mine. I love it when kids teach you!

We had to fold the legs to make the ant stand up.  Adding wiggle eyes completed the craft.

– Making ants on a log.

When I asked Daisy how ants many were on the log, Daisy responded that she had one ant. When I questioned her (thinking I had put 3 raisins on the cheese) she responded “Only one ant mummy, see here is the head, the thorax and the abdomen”. I guess that tells me!

– Making marshmallow ants

Marshmallows, toothpick legs and antennae and choc chip eyes make very cute ants.

Rose enjoyed a mini version, toothpick free, while cooling down from playing outside.

Online ant jigsaw

This was an interesting introduction to using the mouse. I discovered that when it comes to teaching anything techie my patience is lacking. I handed this activity off to my husband who did a great job.

All in all it was a great sound ‘A’ week. Look out for ‘T’ next week.