Letter of the Week E

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Ah, letter “E.” This week in letter e, we were practicing the short vowel sound. So Egg, not Easter.

 

I was proud of my planning ahead because as you will see I did a great job again of including mammals, and animals, but also geography. However it was also somewhat a fail.

 

Above are the read a loud books that we used this week.

 

Eggday was by far the favorite of the three. The kids wanted to hear it a few times, and it captivated both children. K1 who’s 3 1/2 and K2, who’s 2. It was also fun to read.

 

The Empty Pot was very slow, and not nearly as fun to read. I had to go back through the book a second time and do a lot of reading between the lines for my 3 year old to fully understand the concept of the story. I also had a very hard time keeping her attention during the story (probably why I had to go through it so much). I would say that this is a good book that contained a great lesson, just not for our age group. (or maybe just not this week)

 

 The Elves and the Shoemaker I didn’t actually read. Daddy did at bedtime on Friday. He said that the kids enjoyed it and that he made it more fun while reading it. He asked them questions to keep them engaged, and acted out parts. He can be silly like that.

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I also checked out these books to teach about elephants, emperor penguins, Mt Everest, and Ecuador.

 

I selected these myself, and I pretty much sucked. I knew from the looks of it that the Ecuador book was inappropriate, and I thought that I would be able to extract information to “teach” with. No, don’t do that.

 

I do recommend using Ella’s bath and National Geographic’s Great Migrations Elephants books. As well as the book on Mountains Surviving Mt Everest. While some of the information in these books was a little over my 3 1/2 year old’s head most of it was not. Oh and Ella’s Bath was fun for the whole family, it’s a pop up book.

 

To go with learning about elephants, we did an elephant craft also.

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Naturally I continued to include writing, and working on the sound the letter makes. I really think that now we are ready to start sounding out words with the letters we have already learned. I am going to try that next week, I will let you know how that goes.

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Each week while we work on learning to write a new letter, I refresh the old letters with her. Her favorite letter to write is still A, so she has to be prompted to write others. I am also noticing that she is understanding the mechanics of how letters are formed much more quickly than she was 5 weeks ago. I think that I might try to teach her to write more letters at a time. I’d like her to be able to write her own name. There is no rule that says I can’t do more at time so I will, I just don’t want to do so much that she doesn’t retain it.

 

Side note, I am reading for daddy to be done with his training an home on a regular routine. It has effected all areas of our daily life. I am not complaining, this is a change for the better, but it also explains why they past few letters have taken two weeks each.

 

Any how moving on and looking forward to F is for fish!

 

What are you working on this week? What activities did you do for the letter E?

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2 Responses to 'Letter of the Week E'

  1. Cheshire Cat says:

    We love books! Did you have to teach your children not to tear the pop up part of the book, if so any tips?

    • Gwen says:

      You know I actually got lucky on this book, and no one tried to rip it. My daughter does not rip out pop ups, she is 3 1/2, but my 2 year old son still often does. I can’t offer any tips other than limiting their time with that particular book, and/or supervising them.

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