H is for Hearts

Published January 17, 2012 by Mrs. Malo

We have been waiting until after Christmas to restart our Literacy Tuesday letters and it was perfect that we are at H.  I kind of knew that we were going to do hearts but the dollar store just got in all of their Valentines day stuff so the timing was perfect.  Last week when I was in getting a few things for my c lass I stocked up on heart shaped items for the girls’ craft boxes.  This included a variety of sizes and shapes of hearts in a variety of materials.

For H today I printed off a large uppercase H for Eileen and the word Heart for Kaitlyn.  I gave them a bowl with a variety of hearts and told them to fill their letters. The only rule was they couldn’t go outside of the lines. Kaitlyn asked if she could draw on her own hearts and of course I said yes.  To stick with the cliche I made sure to print them on pink paper!  An easy craft and a way to reinforce our letter of the day.

To reinforce our letter we brainstorm words that start with it throughout the day.  This is a great and easy way to keep them thinking while driving in the van.  Kaitlyn is really good at this and often comes up with words that I don’t think of. Eileen is getting better and has a remarkable memory. If Kaitlyn mentions a word earlier in the day Eileen will remember it when asked for more words later.  I am hoping to keep a pace of a letter a week from now on as we work to prepare Eileen for Junior Kindergarten in September.  My goal is for her to recognize every letter of the alphabet, know at least one word for each, and be able to print her name with an uppercase E and the remainder in lower case.  We will see how that goes.

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