Leaf Letters

Monday 10th October

Ok, so we are not officially Home Schooling, in that H only recently turned 4 and so it should be the norm to still be at preschool. But having be born in August means that she should now already be at school, despite the fact that she has already been to two 5th birthday parties of those in her class-to-be, as well as a couple of 4th birthday parties of best friends who are much closer in age to her.  Yet the fact that we are keeping her off school for a term (as I strongly, oh so strongly, believe that just-4 is FAR TOO SOON, FAR TOO YOUNG to be starting school) means that we need to do phonics to ensure that when she does start, still younger than most children are when they start school at the beginning of Year R, that she will not be behind. In fact, she is keen and ready to start learning so in Montessori style, we are at an apt time to begin. It is a gift to be starting this journey with her, rather than simply watching it as a parent with the occasional colouring sheet coming home.

Last week we looked at the first group of words (again, Montessori style learning).

Today it was the second group:

We collected leaves whilst out getting F to sleep, enjoying the glorious autumnal colours in the warm sunshine (surely preferable to being in a stuffy classroom?) Then we drew on the letters and identified and traced over each one. Second step, she picked out each letter by sound. Third step, she identified each from a group and formed them into words. We are already recognising sounds and the accompanying letter, placing them into a group and blending this to form words. Adding in the letters from last week, we were able to make up quite a few words and put together a little rhyme:then used some other leaves to start to write words that will need to be recognised, like ‘the’. I ran out of energy this evening so instead of lovely laminated leaves tomorrow, we will have to start again. Still, plenty more leaves…

(the) cat sat (on the) mat (and saw a) rat (and gave it a) bat (which knocked it into a) pit

Using some other leaves we started to write some conjunctions/words that will need to be recognised, like ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘on’.

V. Proud – especially to have spelt out ‘Sam’!

Best bits were her excitement at being able to spell out whole words, and then being able to cuddle up on the sofa in a sunny spot to read stories together:-)

I unfortunately (as is the norm at present – although I am doing so so os much better than a few months ago) ran out of energy this evening so instead of lovely laminated leaves tomorrow, we will have to start again. Still, plenty more leaves…

Next step (other than laminating the leaves) is to write out the shapes of the letters either in sand or flour, or even porridge oats over breakfast tomorrow!

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