Sometimes we make a word list to go along with our Letter and Sound of the Week
. If we have a few minutes to fill we gather by the word list and add some words that begin with the sound.
Consonant Word Lists:
For some of the sounds we make a word list that is classified.
It really makes them think! We've actually voted whether to include a word
on the list or not depending on a child's "why it belongs" explanation.
Bb Things That Are Alive
Dd Things That Move
Ff Things You Find Outside
Ll Things You Find in Your House, Garage/Shed or Yard
Mm Nouns That Are Not Capitalized
Pp Things You Can Eat
Rr Things You Can Do With a Buddy
Ss Things You Get in a Restaurant
Tt Topics You Find in a Library
Children are encouraged to make a list of words at home to add to our class list.
Our Pp Word List
We are studying letter Pp and will be making a word list about Pp Things You Can Eat.
Your child should think of and write down words at home to add to our list.
You can follow any of these suggestions to help:
3) spell each word while your child writes down the letters
2) make a list together in your writing then have your child copy the list
5) let your child use "invented spelling" to make his/her list
then have a grownup write the translation next to each word.
Your child should write his/her own list so he/she can practice correct letter formation.
Words will be added to our list when we have a few minutes free every day.
We "emphasize" and draw attention mostly to the short vowel sounds for
The Letter and Sound of the Week during the first half of the school year.
The long vowel sounds are easier for most kids to hear.
We also have an "anchor word" we say when we want the child
to focus on or recall that particular vowel sound:
September = short a as in apple and long a as in acorn
October = short o and long o as in October
November = short i as in itch and long i as in ice cream
December = long e and short e as in December
January = short u as in umbrella and long u as in January
We do one word list for each of the short vowels a, e, i, o, and u.
I divide the chart into 3 columns and label them: beginning, middle and end.
When the children suggest a word they need to say which column it belongs in
according to where they hear the "sound" of the short vowel.
If it fits in 2 different columns, the child picks one.