This "If you give _____ a ______" book is not my favorite of them all but the children enjoy it just as much as the other versions. Seems "busier", less easy to sequence. But that's my opinion.
So our "moveable letters" today focused on short a and short u (cat, cupcake). We also worked with the -ake word family during and it was a nice little intro, or review for some, of the silent e and it's effect on the vowel. We actually didn't "move" letters today. We did more of a chant/cheer and they played along with pom poms. Nice change of pace.
Me: Give me a /s/!
Me: Give me a /u/!
Me: Give me a /n/!
Me: What does that spell?
I used the dry erase board to write the letters on the board after they told me what it was. Side note: I eventually started inserting names at the "what does that spell?" phrase because a couple children were not able to process it fast enough so were losing out on lovely opportunities. :-)
Well, our large motor turned out to be much more of a work out (Hey! The cat went to the gym for a work out!) then I expected. I will definitely do this very simple activity again. Very easy to make it theme related. I had made cupcakes with images from the book on them.
For numeral formation...
Children chose their color of paper and used their finger to "write" the letter first. Then used a pencil. Then they chose what color ink to use for their kittens. They stamped their K in the correct formation then went back to draw the featured, again, doing it in the correct formation. Repetition is the way to go!
Speaking about letter formation. My order from Handwriting Without Tears is on it's way. Yeah! I've always done a bit from them but never used their materials so decided to take a more formal route this fall. I actually purchased their wooden sticks, curves, mat man, and other materials. I'll keep you posted!