Letter “C”- Letter of the Week Program

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Many children seem to have trouble remembering the name or the sound of letter C.  The name “C” suggests that it would make the sound of “s” which of course it does as a ‘soft c’ (like in the word ‘celery”) but for the preschool/kindergarten age group we teach the ‘hard c’ sound, as in the word “cat’. On the plus side, the letter C is fairly easy for young children to print.  They like the large swooping motion it makes across a page.

This week we started our letter C activities by making the shape of C with our legs, arms, fingers and whole bodies on the floor.  We read our letter C books from both the AlphaTales series and the A-Z scholastic series. These books got the children talking about all the different words that begin with the letter C.

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We made caterpillars in the shape of letter C for our craft alphabet book (see the picture at the beginning of this post).  You could extend the craft activity to include a colour pattern as well if you desire.  For example, the caterpillar’s body could be a yellow circle then a purple circle then a yellow circle, etc.

The children had a choice of using crayons or scented markers to trace their capital C’s on their practice sheets today. I like these Crayola Washable Silly Scents Markers to add a little fun into their printing practice.

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Giving the children different drawing materials lets them have a chance to print the letters again and again. Every time they form the letter they are creating a lasting impression in their brains and in their physical muscle memory.

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The next day while we were eating snack and reviewing the letter C, I asked the children if they could make their own letter C out of Cheerios.  They thought this was great fun.

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As they ate each Cheerio from their letter C, we all made the sound of C before popping the Cheerio into our mouths.  After we were finished eating I asked the kids to put their hand in front of their mouths and make the sound of C.  I drew their attention to the sound and the location it came from in their mouths. I asked them to put their hands under their chins and say the sound of C.  Next, I instructed the children to hold their hands in front of their mouths and feel the puff of air come out as they made the sound of C.  These exercises help the kids make the sound correctly and link the sound of letter C to an experience.

When we were out walking this week we gathered some pinecones.  As we picked up the pinecones I brought their attention to the sound of letter C in the word ‘cones’.  One child made the association that ice cream cone must also have the letter C in it too!  It’s always exciting when the children start talking about letters and noticing connections in their environment.

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 The children and I made the letter C out of pinecones.

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Then our toddler decided to carefully put every pinecone back into the bucket.  We brought our pinecones home to use in our Letter Cafe as pretend food.

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I have a set of Alphabet Lace-Up Cards that are a great activity because they combines fine motor skills and letter recognition skills.  You could also make your own letter C lacing card by using an old cereal box, a hole punch and a shoe lace or piece of yarn.  If you use yarn, put a piece of tape around the end so that it is easier for the children to push it through the hole.

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I hope your letter C week is filled with carefree curious kids!

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