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First Grade Language Arts Blocks

These were our drawings for the stories we did for introducing the letters.  It was good to go through them in this way, despite earlier exposure to the alphabet, which is almost unavoidable in the modern world, and certainly not a terrible thing either.

This was different though.  It was really taking the time to bring each and every letter alive through story and movement and verse, as well as other tactile and artistic experiences.  They did come to life in a more joyful, lively way, and many children at this age, do tend to mix up a lot of their letters.  I think it was enjoyable, even though there was definite overlap.  When issues of letter recognition did arise, as they do, the ability to recall a character, facilitated the recall of the sound. This was especially the case with W, and I would just always remind Miss of the Wise Woman from the World of Waves.

These were the drawings I presented, as well as some of hers, so there is both the child's pictures, which are simple.  I did have her do quite a bit more writing than many might, but that is because of her personality and nature.  It really depends upon the child. 

Jolly Jester Letter J
A simple sentence to copy.

I made a stop sign at the end of the sentence and used the rather British term, full stop, to teach what a period is.  I think it makes more sense to the child, as they see stop signs in real life.

Introducing the vowels

Practicing letters in a sand tray

A great tactile experience


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