Letter O -Letter of the Week Program

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Welcome to letter ‘O’ week.  The children had big smiles on their faces when I asked them if anyone knew how to make a letter O with their magic pencils.  (Magic pencils are when we use out pointer fingers and pretend to write in the air.) They all enthusiastically made large letter O’s in the air with their magic pencils and then exclaimed how, “EASY” it was.

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We read our AlphaTales Book and talked about the sound letter O made at the beginning of a word.  I liked the book about an octopus but I felt frustrated with the book about an owl.  The letter O sound in the word ‘owl’ sounds like a short letter A not a short letter O sound.  Why do early reader authors do this to young children?  The English language is confusing enough.  I chose to skip through the owl book and only highlight the pages that showed pictures of objects with the true short letter O sound.

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We made this super cute octopus out of the letter O.  It also ended up being a short counting lesson when each child made sure they had eight legs to glue onto their pages.

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Here is the letter O using fingers.

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The letter O using arms.

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The letter O using legs.

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And arms again above the head!  The children are really getting the hang of making letters with their bodies.  I had to snap pictures quickly as they all demonstrated different letter O’s with their bodies.  They love it when I take pictures of them and then they get to see themselves on the camera screen.  This is a great motivator if you have a reluctant child who needs help joining the group activity.

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We go through toilet paper like no tomorrow around here so I always have several empty cardboard rolls for crafts.  The tubes made great letter O stamps.

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We ate Cheerios as part of our snack one morning and the children made the letter O out of them.  One child noticed that a single Cheerio is already in the shape of a letter O all by itself!

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I made up a little review game with homemade letter flash cards.  I wrote the letter O on several pieces of paper.  I also made a flashcard with the other letters that we have covered so far in the alphabet.  I held up the flash card and the children got to shout out the letter name.  When I held up a flashcard with the letter O, they got to shout out the letter O name as they all rushed and jumped into the two letter O’s (hula hoops) I had laying on the floor.  Then the children tried to hula hoop which was fun to watch and had the group of us in giggles.

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Since the children enjoyed the hula hoop action game so much I made up this game the next day.  I brought our long wooden bench from the kitchen into the playroom and flipped it over (it became a pretend boat).  We talked about the words “on” and “off” and how they began with the sound of letter O.

One person was the caller and got to call out either ‘on’ or ‘off’.  The rest of the group jumped on the boat or off into the water according to the instructions.  It was a good way for the children to repeatedly hear the sound of letter O and have a chance saying the sound as well.  A nice simple game that even the baby could fully participate in.

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Here is a little craft we made one day.  We cut pipe cleaners into thirds and threaded them with beads.  Once the pipe cleaner was full the children twisted them to form a letter O.  I helped them wind the ends tightly to secure their beads.  They happily showed their parents their beaded letter O’s at the end of the day.

This is an example of me being exhausted after a busy daycare day.  My son was playing with a paper airplane as my mother and I sat and chatted over a cup of tea.  His airplane kept flying dangerously close to our heads, mugs of hot tea, his sister’s face, the dog, etc…  It was clear to me that this child needed a safe target to focus his airplane adventures towards.

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What I should have done was get up off the couch and get the alphabet twister game mat we have. I could have taped it up on the front hall closet doors and he would have had a safe and educational (he could have tried to see it he could hit the letter O square) activity to focus his attention on.  However, I was feeling drained so I just suggested he aim at the large alphabet canvas picture we have in the playroom.

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One could be organized and energetic and write large letter O’s on construction paper and tape them up (or lay them down on the floor) as targets for the children to throw soft balls or bean bags towards.  That would be a much safer activity. 🙂

I wish you an outstanding letter O week!

Comments

  1. I want to get email updates or a link to get the letter of the week program.

    • HowToDaycare says

      Hello Naomi, You can sign up for my newsletter to get email updates (and you get my Nap Time Secrets Article for free). It is on the right hand side of the main page of my site.
      I do offer a link to my letter of the week program when you buy my How to Start A Home Daycare Video Course. It includes the introduction week, all 26 letters and then a review week. In addition, you also get a completely different full year Preschool Thematic Program which includes: outline (to send to parents), monthly newsletters, two week themes, field trip ideas, Waldorf Festivals and links to activities, crafts, songs, and stories for each theme.
      You can access the letter of the week program for free from my site but you have to search around and find each week on your own. Use the search bar on my home page to make it easier. I hope that helps! Jana

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