With Travis now in nursery school three days a week and lots of other projects on our agenda, I’ve greatly abbreviated our phoneme games; we seem to be doing phoneme months instead of phoneme weeks. But it’s still nice to have a guiding letter pair up on our wall, introducing Travis to the sounds that letter pairs make, and using that as a jumping-off point for play.
You’ll notice that this post is much simplified from previous phoneme weeks, but this pace suits us just right for now. Have your child practice tracing A and Y over the course of your week or month, and then enjoy the suggestions below!
Words of the Week:
- Day: To focus on this word, we made a Days of the Week chart. This was a great visual guide for Travis, now that he can anticipate school three days a week, but not on others.
- Clay: We love playing with our model clay kit, great for imagination and fine motor skills. In addition, we had fun with a few clay-based crafts like clay fortune cookies, clay charm necklaces, and silly moon craters made from clay asteroids.
- Gray: Besides teaching the color and having fun with gray crayons or paint (what will you draw – elephants? rhinos? mice?)… …we also took advantage of moments when the weather was cloudy to do activities best suited to grAY-sky dAYs: Rainy day window painting and a rainy day art picnic! These fun activities are sure to chase any rainy-day blues awAY.
- Tray: You can use this word as the jumping off point for any number of sensory trays, or focus on the tray as a wAY to contain projects that are particularly messy. To wit: vinegar, baking soda, and balloons!
- Birthday: As luck would have it, this unit overlapped with birthdays for both mommy and daddy in our household. We celebrated with cupcakes, presents, and a read of birthday books. There are so many kids books to choose from with Birthday in the title. On his dad’s birthday, Travis cozied up to read the quirky Oscar’s Half Birthday Froggy’s Day with Dad.
- Lay: Make a cozy bed fort, then take turns laying down and make silly noises to “wake” each other up.
- Play: A rather obvious one, which you’re no doubt doing with your child every day anywAY! But to put a fine point on the word, we played post office and cash register games – perfect opportunities also to pAY.
- Stay: We played a round of freeze dance (an old favorite in our house), but switched up the words as we started and stopped to the music this time – “go” and “stay”!
- Pay: Thinking beyond the monetary definition of this word, we used it as the leaping off point to pay attention to things. This inspired us to put together a Kindness Wreath, which turned into the perfect fall adornment for our door.
- Hay: Definitely the word that inspired the most fun in this unit, first we went a field trip to a local farm sanctuary, where of course there was lots of hay to be seen, and a chance to feed the animals grassy hay. We took the fun home with a bale of hay from a craft store (easy to come by, here in the fall). Travis loved having his own little farm out back where his animals could play in the hay. Finally, we incorporated hay into a craft with our Q-tip Painting Indian Corn project.
- Spray: The runner up for favorite word of the unit, you can’t go wrong with a preschooler, a spray bottle and water. I also decided to have Travis be my sous-chef for a recipe requiring cooking sprAY, and wanted it to be something novel. That meant we pulled out my old waffle maker for the first time in years, sprayed it with the cooking spray, and scooped in the batter for homemade pumpkin waffles!