We did the letter “F” this week. Personally, I do no prefer to teach using letter of the week…and for the past couple years I’ve been trying to get away with not doing it…but I was caught and told I didn’t have a choice! So, this year I’m sucking it up and doing it – but I’m doing it MY way! 🙂 The entire school does a letter a week in alphabetical order. This week we were on letter “D” – well, at least everyone else was. I have decided NOT to go in alphabetical order. If I have to teach something I don’t want to – I’m going to do it the way I want. And since I use monthly themes, I’m teaching the letters to tie in with our theme so the curriculum seems more cohesive and meaningful for the children.
So, as I was saying, this week we did letter “F”. I made a large letter F out of poster board and feathers so the children could “feel” (or trace) the letter with their fingers and see it all week (as I place it at the table or area where we are doing letter-related activities). We glued wallpaper “scales” onto fish, wrote the letter in flour, and made fans to keep us warm in the heat. I was pleasantly surprised when, after giving some children their paper to color and decorate for their fan, some wrote F’s on them as part of the decoration! This was totally the children’s idea as I gave them absolutely no direction beyond, “Decorate the front and back of your paper.” I was super excited to see this – and the children who did this were excited to show me! It’s the little moments like this that I look forward to and make me smile! 🙂