This morning, we were practicing our letter recognition using clay. We carved letters and made letters by putting colorful studs in the clay. The children would say the letter out loud and they used their concentration skills as they tried to line up their studs with the carved letters.
This is helping with their letter recognition, and will encourage them to write more letters. They are also using their fine motor skills to use such concentration and small hand movements to make their letters.
Our goal is to provide them with different materials so that we can continue this project and study the alphabet. The children are using a photo album of pictures letters made from the previous class as inspiration to make their own.
Although this may look like a study of the alphabet, we are incorporating math skills as well! We are counting the number of pieces we use to create the letters, and we talk about the number of each color to help introduce them to the concept of addition.
We have also been creating new colors for our painting area. They enjoyed seeing what combined colors would make and they liked talking to one another about what colors they were seeing.
We are introducing them to the color theory concept, as well as encouraging them to come up with names for the paint based on what the color reminds them of.
We learned that white makes a color lighter, while dark makes a color darker, and that the combination of all colors would make a weird brown color, or a color very close to black. We wrote some of the letters and names of the colors we made, too!
The children have been enjoying using the markers to write and draw. They were drawing a lot of pictures and we encouraged them to write their name or what they drew. They were drawing straight lines, circles, and small scribbles to represent one thing or another, and their letters. They are beginning to understand the difference between writing and drawing, so you can see that their lines and circles and scribbles for their drawing are different—they’re bigger, more spread out, and more creative. Whereas their letters are more percise and closer together.
By: Cason & Zoey
By:Gemma & Arwen
As children develop better control over the muscles in their hands and fingers, their scribbles become more controlled. They make repeated marks– like circles and lines—and we are able to recognize their work. Over time, the make a transition to holding a marker between their finger and thumb.